Sydney Film Festival 2010: Preview

In a rather auspicious and exciting decision, “Rich On Film” has decided to head up to the Sydney Film Festival this year. I am very excited to check this out as being a born and bred Melbournian I have a strong fondness for MIFF down here.
Unfortuntately circumstances have endevoured to only let me up for 7 days of the festival so my profile cannot be considered exhaustive. BUT I am planning on seeing about 25 films in those 7 days. Can it be done? Will I go insane? You'll just have to wait and see. Its going to be an interesting journey.
This article will serve as a small preview of some of the films I am specifically looking forward to seeing this festival. We'll see if expectations match up with reality or will a dark horse not even listed here emerge as one of my favourites.
Let's do this!
SYMBOL (Dir: Hitoshi Matsumoto)
"A Japanese man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materialises from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events."
That is all you, me or anyone needs to know about this film. I have been hearing buzz about this film for 18 months now. Matsumoto is the brand of Japanese crazy that is right up my alley. His last film, Big Man Japan was dry, hilarious and bizarre. Symbol is what happens when Matsumoto gets more money and more creative control.
Todd Solodnz has been a director whose work I have always very much enjoyed. It's been frustrating having to wait 5 years for a new film from him but from all reports it will be worth the wait. This quasi-sequel to Happiness (arguably his masterpiece) is cast with a whole new set of actors playing the same characters from his earlier film.

Solondz has always been an intelligent director with a certain brand of amusing misanthropy that tickles my funny bone. Sure, he will offend the living hell out of some but if you get his films then you will understand the excitement about taking another peek into his dysfunctional world.
THE LOVED ONES (Dir: Sean Byrnes)
I missed this film at MIFF last year (although to be fair I missed all of MIFF last year due to overseas travel) so I am happy to get a chance at catching this film with a festival audience. It's a shame this film hasn't really come up on a general release over the last 12 months. Hopefully another positive festival showing can get it out there.
Either way, I am excited about seeing it and hope it ends my quest for a good Australian horror film. I have been searching for so long! (Wake In Fright is as close as we get in my opinion. Not a fan of Wolf Creek, sorry)
I'm a sucker for promotion and this film has been everywhere over the last few weeks. The subject matter interests me, the idea of the film interests me and everything about this film screams, “See me now!”. So that is what I shall do.
Other drawcards for me include: Restrepo, Ordinary People, Red Hill and Just Like That. Those familiar with the program will already notice I have left out some obvious highlights. Yes, I am sadly missing the last few days of the festival so no Four Lions or The Killer Inside Me! The less said about this sad sad situation the better. I will endeavour to connect you guys to some other pieces to fill in the dots regarding the films I will be missing. Still, 25 in 7 days is gonna be something!
Stay Tuned!