A comprehensive guide to exploring Italian film, culture and cuisine in Sydney.
The history of Italian cinema is brimming with highlights. Think filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Bernardo Bertolucci; stars like Sophia Loren, Franco Nero and Monica Bellucci; and genres such as post-war neorealism, spaghetti westerns and giallo horror. The list goes on, with the country boasting the most Oscar wins in the Best Foreign-Language Film category, and the second-most Palme d’Ors from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Italy is also home to the world’s oldest film festival, in Venice. Perhaps that’s why Italian movies and long-running big-screen celebrations seem to go hand in hand — like the Australia-wide Lavazza Italian Film Festival. First reaching cinemas in 2000, the fest celebrates its 20th year in 2019, treating film buffs to 26 titles that not only span Italy’s recent movie-making prowess, but also showcases the nation’s past hits.
To help you make the most of the festival, we’ve put together a guide to celebrating Italian culture in Sydney. Check out the films we recommend nabbing tickets for — then find somewhere to get a bite to eat before or after your cinema visit.