Cinema buffs rejoice! The 70th Sydney Film Festival will be held at cinemas across Sydney from 7-18 June 2023. Randwick Council has been a proud supporter of the festival since 2017, when it expanded to include screenings at our very own Ritz Cinema. With nearly 40 different films on offer at the Ritz, this year’s program is set to transport viewers to other worlds, cities, cultures and time periods.

If the delicious smell of buttered popcorn or the crunch of biting into a choc-top isn’t enough to get you to the big screen, then the incredible films in this year’s festival line-up are sure to draw you in for the real deal at the cinema!

Here are five teasers to whet your movie-going appetite:

Carmen – A visionary retelling of Carmen. It’s an exhilarating thriller combining dance, politics and music, and features Sydney Dance Company artists. Plus, attend on Randwick Ritz opening night for a special event with Mayor Dylan Parker in attendance and one of Australia’s most experienced producers, Rosemary Blight speaking. (Age 15+)

Asteroid City – Set in 1955, this film is the latest creation from renowned director Wes Anderson, featuring an all-star cast (pardon the pun!) and packed to the hilt with wit, romance and tribulations at a stargazing convention. (Age 15+)

Climate Changers – A documentary following Australian scientist and conservationist Tim Flannery as he interviews everyone from CEOs to politicians to activists in his global search for genuine leadership on climate change. (All ages)

Riceboy Sleeps – The winner of more than 20 international awards, the film is a semi-autobiographical drama telling the story of a strong-willed Korean single mother and her young son as they start a new life in 1990s Canada. From director Anthony Shim, the film has won more than 20 international awards. Plus, attend the screening to see special guests director Anthony Shim and one of the film’s stars Choi Seung-yoon. (M)

Fantastic Machine – A Berlinale and Sundance 2023 winner, this documentary will take you on an enthralling trip through 200 years of image making, from the camera obscura to the selfie. Watch as the history and development of photography is retold through a mix of archival footage and iconic pictures, resulting in a fascinating and eye-opening look at the changing influence of imagery across time. (Age 15+)

What else is playing? So much more – browse what’s showing at the Ritz, using this link.