Are you a film lover who was too overwhelmed by the Sydney Film Festival’s massive program to buy tickets yet?

While many sessions of the 10-day festival have already sold out, there’s still a handful of tickets available to some of the festival’s best and most interesting titles.

From local premieres to big-name directors and international gems, there’s plenty to pick from even if you’re late to the party.


The Second
This is your only chance to catch this erotically charged thriller on the big screen. Mairi Cameron’s debut feature is the first Australian movie to be greenlit by a local streaming service. The feature will be getting a big-screen premiere at Sydney Film Festival, before it hits Stan. Set in the picturesque Australian countryside, it follows a simmering artistic and sexual rivalry between two best friends, which reaches boiling point and leads to the ultimate betrayal. Rachel Blake (Lantana), Susie Porter (Two Hands) and Vince Colosimo (Underbelly) star in this riveting film.

The Second is showing at Event Cinemas on George Street on June 9 from 6.30pm and at Hayden Orpheum Cremorne on June 10 from 8.30pm.

Chocolate Oyster
This film is a charming black-and-white comedy about the struggles of love among a group of twenty-somethings living in Sydney. Imbued with the low-budget, improvisational spirit of America’s independent cinema scene, this rom-com with a twist reflects the day-to-day lives of modern-day Australians. Lovers of Sydney will cherish the beautiful camerawork too. It shows off the city in ways local movies rarely manage.

Chocolate Oyster is showing at Event Cinemas on George Street on June 10 from 6.30pm.

No, this film isn’t about the “Donald Trumps” of the world. Rather, it’s a hard-edged Aussie thriller about an outlaw bikie, fresh out of prison. It offers a cast of great, young Aussie actors: former rugby league star Matt Nable, Ryan Corr (Holding the Man), Aaron Fa’aoso (East West 101) and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road).

1% is showing at Event Cinemas on George Street on June 9 from 8.30pm and at The Ritz Cinema Randwick on June 10 from 8.45pm.


Hard Paint
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s prestigious Teddy Award – the world’s most highly sought-after award for LGBTQI films – this Brazilian odyssey takes the audience on a tour through a queer underground. It’s bold and colourful. Splashed in neon paint, Pedro makes a living as an erotic webcammer who comes to discover somebody has stolen his act. Intent on hunting him down, Pedro is instead enticed by his extroverted rival. Daring and risqué, this is yet another powerful queer film from South America, following the Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman.

Hard Paint is showing at Dendy Newtown on June 9 from 8.15pm.

A Vigilante
Olivia Wilde commands the screen with a brave performance as a survivor of domestic abuse who uses martial arts to help other abused women. Australian director Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s feature debut is a suspenseful white-knuckle thriller as Wilde channels the rage of the #MeToo movement on the screen.

A Vigilante is showing at the State Theatre on June 10 from 4pm and at Event Cinemas on George Street on June 12 from 6pm.

The Guilty
This suspenseful Danish thriller has won awards all over the globe including at the Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. The Guilty follows a cop with a bad attitude who has been demoted to an emergency-call operator. But when a distressed mother dials through claiming to have been kidnapped, he is forced to snap out of his spiteful attitude and help. Original for never leaving the claustrophobic call centre offices, The Guilty ramps up the tension and will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

The Guilty is showing at Hayden Orpheum Cremorne on June 9 from 8.30pm, Event Cinemas on George Street on June 13 from 8pm and the State Theatre on June 17 from 2.45pm.


A Murder in Mansfield
Documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple is an icon and legend. She’s one of a very, very small number of women to have won two Academy Awards. After directing a number of films spotlighting celebrities (including the Dixie Chicks, Sharon Jones and Gigi Gorgeous) she returns to her mid-western roots with A Murder in Mansfield. It’s a true crime story about a child left behind after a domestic homicide. In the film’s most painful sequence, the child (by now a young man) visits his father in prison, seeking a confession for killing his mother.

A Murder in Mansfield is showing at Dendy Newtown on June 13 from 6.30pm and the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema on June 16 from 4.45pm.

Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible
Hers is a name you probably don’t remember, but her cinematic work you’ve almost definitively seen. Jill Bilcock is Australia’s greatest film editor. How great? She has edited Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!, The Dressmaker, Muriel’s Wedding, The Dish and Red Dog –  all of which are among the ten highest-grossing Australian films ever made. This film offers a behind-the-scenes look at her career and creative process with movie clips galore.

Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible is showing at Event Cinemas on George Street on June 11 from 4pm.

Over the Limit
The demands of being a real-life Black Swan are shown in gruelling detail in this entertaining documentary about Russian teenage gymnast Margarita Mamun. Her daily routines are placed under the gruelling spotlight alongside her intimidating personal trainer and even more intimidating head coach as we get a unique and intense look into what it takes to be a world-class athlete in this day and age.

Over the Limit is showing at the Hoyts Entertainment Quarter on June 10 from 11.30pm and Event Cinemas on George Street on June 11 from 2.30pm.

The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 6 until June 17.