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Sydney Underground Film Festival

September 8, 2022 - September 11, 2022

The Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF) returns next month from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11.

This year’s event will be held Event Cinemas George Street, marking the festival’s first in-person edition since 2019, complete with the launch of a brand-new Festival Hub.

Featuring a full-scale program of compelling feature and documentary films from around the globe, exciting Australian premieres, and a smorgasbord of shorts and live events, SUFF has built up a following from nationwide audiences and filmmakers.

2022 Festival highlights include:

• Opening night film I Love My Dad (International Premiere), inspired by writer, director, and star James Morosini’s true life experience as a hopelessly estranged father (Patton Oswalt) catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect;

Bodies Bodies Bodies, a bloody, Gen-Z horror-comedy remixing Clue, Scream, and Mean Girls for the digital age. Starring Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) and Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live), this whip-smart smash hit out of SXSW is directed by Dutch filmmaker Halina Reijn, working from a story conceived by Cat Person author, Kristen Roupenian.

• Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour’s Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, a mind-bending adventure set in the swampy neon-lit streets of New Orleans. Led by a ferociously bewitching Jeon Jong-seo (Burning), it features Kate Hudson as an exotic dancer and an unusually straight-faced Craig Robinson.

• The NSW premiere of the DIY sci-fi mind-bender, Something in the Dirt, from filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, hot on the heels of their Marvel debut directing episodes of Moon Knight and Loki.

On the Count of Three, a tragicomedy feature film debut from Jerrod Carmichael/

• The world premiere of Pig Killer, directed by Chad Ferrin, one of the most prolific Horror film directors working today. The film stars Jack Busey and Bai Ling.

• A celebration of independent film from around the world, including The Civil Dead (US), and Kristoffer Borgli’s Sick of Myself.

• Music documentaries including I Get Knocked Down, featuring Chumbawamba singer Dunstan Bruce; In the Court of the Crimson King, on cult rock band King Crimson; and Pub: The Movie, about Melbourne ratbag troublemaker and cultural provocateur Fred Negro.

• Special charity event of Ukrainian film Rhino by renown Ukrainian filmmaker (and once a Russian political prisoner), Oleg Sentsov, currently still in Ukraine fighting on the front line/

• SUFF’s selection of eyeball-bursting, finger-twitching and soul inspiring short films: a collection of animation, from the comic to the existential in RE:ANIMATION; expressions of sexuality in all its forms in LOVE/SICK; SUFF’s annual celebration of home-grown shorts from the best emergent Australian talent in HOMEBAKED – AUSSIE SHORTS; engaging real-life narratives in bite-sized pieces in documentary shorts program REALITY BITES; short films designed to have you check the door is locked and that there’s nothing behind the sofa before you watch, in SH!T SCARED; and WTF, a package of confounding curiosities for the cinematically adventurous at heart.

• The return of much-loved filmmaking competition TAKE48 Film Challenge for its fourth year, putting filmmakers’ abilities to the test. TAKE48 takes place for 48 hours from August 19 to 21, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won.



September 8, 2022
September 11, 2022
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Event Cinemas, George Street
505/525 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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