Image - The Festival Jury announces the Official Competition winner: A Separation
So it turns out I saw 60 films during the 58th Sydney Film Festival. Whoa! No wonder I'm tired.
(Nb. I had racked up quite a number before the festival even began, as Giles and I needed to hit the ground running with our SMH Festival Focus episodes.)
Once again, I've contributed to the marvellous Matt Ravier's critics' poll. Head over to A Life in Film to see Matt's meticulous tables, keen observations and even a sneaky photo from one of the critics' drinks.
It turns out that I'm responsible for the poll's highest rated film: Tomboy. But that's only because I was the only polled critic who saw it and - following my rave review on Festival Focus - of course I gave it 5 stars. That technicality aside, I was thrilled to see the Official Competition winner A Separation take out the real top spot on the poll.
This year's festival was just extraordinary. I feel like I'm suffering from party's over syndrome, but that's probably just the sleep debt speaking! Congratulations to Clare Stewart for a fabulous fifth and final festival. She has outdone herself and I look forward to seeing what kind of film future she has planned.
For everyone else: I'm now conditioned to seeing at least four films a day, so...it's time to head back to the cinema!