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Happy Mag’s Guide To Sydney Underground Film Festival

Next month, Sydney Underground Film Festival will be returning for its twelfth year… and we’re pretty dang excited.

With a huge four day program, the festival will once again shine a light on the world’s best underground and cult cinema. And we’re calling it now… this year’s program is the festival’s most whacked to date.

The 2018 instalment of Sydney Underground Film Festival is fast approaching, so we’ve compiled a guide to this incredible and bizarre four-day event.

Opening Night Party

To kick off this year’s festival, SUFF will be hosting an opening night party and film, featuring a screening of the New Zealand action-comedy Mega Time Squad. Following the screening a special Q&A will be held with writer/director Tim van Dammen and actor Jonny Brugh.

Mega Time Squad follows the story of a small time New Zealand criminal who steals an ancient Chinese time travelling machine.

Following the screening, you’ll be treated to complimentary food and drinks courtesy of Island Boys, Brooklyn Brewery, and Wild Oats Wines. What better way to kick off the weekend’s festivities?

Here To Be Heard: The Story of The Slits

Of all the incredible feature films and documentaries screening at SUFF this year, Here To Be Heard is definitely the one we’re most excited for. This new doco follows the story of the worlds first all-female punk band – The Slits.

Here To Be Heard combines archival footage and band member interviews to create an intimate portrait of one of history’s most influential bands.


Directed by Panos Cosmatos – the visionary mind behind Black RainbowMandy looks to be one of the most intense and terrifying films screening at the festival.

Starring Nicholas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roach, the film follows Red Miller (Cage) seeking retribution against a telekinetic bikie messiah (Roach) who kidnaps his love interest (Riseborough).

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man

If you’ve never heard the crazy stories around legendary actor Bill Murray, I reccomend you go do some research. Murray has been known to appear at random people’s house parties, serve drinks at local bars, and crash karaoke bars.

Director Tommy Avallone decided he wanted a Bill Murray story of his own, so he followed the actor’s trail all across America, tracking his alleged appearances.

Inhuman Screens

On top of all these incredible films, SUFF will also host the first ever Inhuman Screens; a conference that aims to open a conversation as to how technology has redefined the human.

The conference will host keynote speakers Sean Cubitt (presenting Mediations of Xijiang: For an aesthetic politics) and Steven Shaviro (who will explore Whack World by Tierra Whack in a paper entitled Out of Whack: Tierra Whack’s Audiovisual Inventions).

Across the huge list of other impressive speakers, such topics as pornography, early marine cinematography and drone videography will be covered.

These are just a small selection of the films and activities featured at Sydney Underground Film Festival. Check out the full program here.

Sydney Underground Film Festival
The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
September 13 – 16.

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