Knowing that this experience was set to be taken away from us by a cocktail of state governments and property developers, I poked my camera out the window on a train ride from Newcastle to Hamilton late on a Sunday afternoon in January 2009. The Newcastle line was closed on Christmas night 2014 and now terminates and what was previously known as Wickham Station. A light rail line was built to replace the last stages of the old Newcastle line. Has the promised economic boost to the inner city ever happened?
View this post on Instagram
First, they came for Gloria Jean's, and I said nothing because they were too expensive. Then, they came for Michel's Patisserie, and I remained silent because their pies were pre-cooked in faraway factories. Then they came for Muffin Break, and I cried "What about the free brownie with my next coffee?"
With 2009 being the year I discovered Twitter, I began dabbling in tweet-size reviews from that year's Sydney Film Festival. Only 140 characters per tweet in those days, of course.
"The Cove" justified a blog post unto itself.
#sff "Looking For Eric": Incredibly funny, sad, violent. A Ken Loach comic fantasy? Yep. Unexpected gem, maybe best soccer film ever. 9/10
As we await the commencement of the 66th Sydney Film Festival on June 5 2019 - my ninth - here is a list of all the films and related events I have attended since my first festival in 2006. Links to my reviews (some merely tweets) where available:
Sun 11 Jun 2006 A Hero's Welcome GU George St 1430
Sun 11 Jun 2006 An Inconvenient Truth State Theatre 1755