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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
The federal election on May 18 2019 will be the sixteenth in which I have taken part. I have seen nine elections in Shortland (1977, 80, 83, 84, 87, 90, 93, 96, 98), four in Grayndler (2001, 04, 07, 10), one in Watson (2013) and following a boundary change, one in Reid (2016) before this one.
Nationally, I am supporting the emphatic removal of the Liberal/National government led by Scott Morrison. I am supporting the formation of government by the Australian Labor Party with Bill Shorten as Prime Minister.