Category Archives: Sydney Film Festival 2017

Risk (2016)

Poitras’ doco: at times uneven, but with moments of insight.

In Assange (in turns, the darling of the left and then the right)

We see a man full of (ego and) contradictions

Who imposed eleventh hour restrictions.

It feels like there’s much more waiting to come to light.

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

There’s no racism here, Land of the Free, and other conceits

Be it in halls of power, schools, prisons, or on the streets

Are exposed here, through the power

Of Baldwin’s words: not only of his hour …

As we learn here that sadly, maddeningly: history repeats.

Be it in halls of power, schools, prisons, or on the streets

Are exposed here, through the power

Of Baldwin’s words: not only of his hour …

As we learn here that sadly, maddeningly: history repeats.

Madame (2017)

Unlucky thirteen, so Anne coerces Maria to pass

As a member of the Spanish noble class.

De Palma’s work here is fearless.

Fab Collette’s nostril-flaring: peerless.

Much fun to be had. Oh, the dinner table farce!