Environmental Films

A selection of films with an environmental theme, including documentaries on our oceans, Blue and Chasing Coral, and on building our cities, Rocking the Foundations and Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

Ama-San

A lyrical introduction to the traditional world of Japan’s free-diving fisherwomen. A multiple award-winning documentary from Portuguese director Cláudia Varejão.

Angry Inuk

The anti-sealing movement’s adverse impact on Inuit communities is exposed in this Hot Docs Audience Award winner from First Nations director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Big Time

Much sought-after Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People) embarks on his most ambitious project yet, NYC’s new World Trade Center, in this energetic documentary.

Blue

The world premiere of an invigorating Australian documentary: a beautifully crafted wake up call to the state of the earth’s oceans, dedicated to creating awareness and change.

Chasing Coral

The Great Barrier Reef takes centre stage in this Sundance winner that raises awareness of the dire fate of coral reefs by filming the phenomenon “coral bleaching”.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

The Jane in question is author and activist Jane Jacobs and her fight was to preserve New York’s historic neighbourhoods in the 1960s – a battle no less pertinent today.

Connection to Country

The Indigenous people of the Pilbara battle to preserve Australia’s 40,000-year-old cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry.

Mountain

An epic cinematic and musical collaboration between Sherpa filmmaker Jennifer Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, that explores humankind's fascination with high places.

Mountain LIVE

An epic cinematic and musical collaboration between Sherpa filmmaker Jennifer Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, that explores humankind's fascination with high places. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.

Opening Night Gala 2017 - We Don't Need a Map

Experience the 2017 Sydney Film Festival Opening Night Gala, presented by Lexus Australia. Walk the red carpet, rub shoulders with the stars, and attend the exclusive party.

Rocking the Foundations

A new restoration of Pat Fiske's outstanding 1985 documentary on a NSW union's past endeavours to preserve Sydney's parks, neighbourhoods and historical buildings

We Don't Need a Map

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape.