The 2017 Sydney Underground Film Festival program was launched last night with all due reverence and ceremony at Marrickville’s Factory Theatre, giving keen punters an early look at what bizarre and outre cinematic treats we can expect when the festival proper kicks off on September 14.
Festival director Stefan Popescu had a surprise in store for the assembled cult movie aficionados, revealing to the crowd that he had fielded a phone call in the car on the way to the launch informing him that Cult of Chucky, the latest in the increasingly weird Child’s Play horror series, had been confirmed for the festival – alas, too late to be included in the physical program.
This year’s opening night event is Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher’s Found Footage Film Festival, which sees the two American comedians present a cavalcade of weirdness gleaned from VHS tapes discovered at thrift shops and garage sales throughout North America, from the curiously produced industrial training videos to the forsaken home movies donated to goodwill, followed by SUFF’s infamous opening night party.
The closing night film is Flying Lotus’ Kuso, from the pen of Salad Fingers creator David Firth, a description-defying oddity that broke the record for walk outs when it played at Sundance.
Between these two bizarre bookends lies a veritable feast of mad movies, including sci-fi satire Infinity Baby, starring Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally; disturbing occult thriller A Dark Song; rock doc The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale; the single-shot Australian crime thriller, Watch the Sunset; and the usual collection of shocking shorts, video vagaries, and filmic phantasmagoria.
The Sydney Underground Film Festival runs from September 14 – 17. For tickets and full details, head for the official site.