When you think of film in North America, you may conjure up images of the Hollywood sign, iconic production studios and big budget blockbusters. However, if you take the time to look beyond the comic book franchises and romantic comedies, there’s actually a wealth of unforgettable independent film to be discovered.
Tracking down the best new films from the USA and Canada has been made a lot easier with the help of Possible Worlds Film Festival. Now in its ninth year, the festival focuses on discovering new films for Australian audiences, with an aim to showcase the vibrant visions of independent filmmakers working outside Hollywood.
In this year’s program there are eighteen new feature films – nine Canadian and nine American – which will play in Sydney from August 7-17. For the full program and to purchase tickets visit the festival website HERE.
With many indie gems on offer, working out your plan-of-attack for the festival is going to be difficult. Here are a few of our personal favourites to get you started:
FIVE FILMS YOU SHOULD SEE AT POSSIBLE WORLDS FILM FESTIVAL
If you’re feeling nostalgic for a simpler time, a time before smartphones, social media and selfies, then this upbeat coming-of-age comedy will speak to you. Set in Quebec in the 1980s, 1987 follows the quest of an endearingly awkward teenage boy who spends the summer trying to tick a few life boxes. Namely – get a job, get a car, get into nightclubs and get laid. With the title character named after the director, we can only assume that this heart-warming and authentic opening night film has an autobiographical element to it.
Air Sex: The Movie
‚ÄòAir Sex’ – it’s a thing. Like ‚ÄòAir Guitar’ but… well, you probably get the idea. As bizarre as participants miming sexual acts with imaginary partners on stage seems – apparently there are world championships for it. This hilarious documentary will have its World Premiere at the festival and looks to get down and (imaginarily) dirty with this bizarre new sport. Let’s be honest – we were probably going to be seeing this one based on its name alone anyway.
This comical look at a dysfunctional family was a firm favourite at this year’s SXSW. Josh Lucas offers a show-stopping performance as the wild and unpredictable Mat, who shows up unexpectedly at his responsible and settled brother’s house – only to never leave. Writer-director John Magary manages to take a refreshing look at some of the many emotional flaws often associated with unstable family relationships. This will hit close to home for many.
Our Man in Tehran
If you’re familiar with Argo, Ben Affleck’s recent film centred around the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, it seems you may not have been privy to the whole story. This documentary looks to set the truth straight about the role played by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor in the rescue of the six American diplomats, which was played down in Affleck’s film. An intelligent and tension-filled documentary, the film shines a fascinating light on to the secret dealings of governments at the time as well as the covert planning of the rescue mission.
Both hilarious and chilling, The Dirties perfectly transcends cinema genres to create an unexpected and completely original story of friendship and obsession. Two teenage friends who are constant targets of bullying at high school set out to shoot a comical film sending up their tormentors. As the lines between fiction and reality start to blur, the film takes a turn towards the very blackest of humour. Think Jackass meets Elephant.
We have 3 double passes to the Possible Worlds Film festival closing night screening of LAND HO, valued at $36 each.
For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us in 25 words or less which film you’re most excited about in this year’s line-up and why?
Competition closes 3pm Tuesday 5 August. Entry open to NSW residents only.