The Alliance Française French Film Festival program has been released!

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The program for the Alliance Française French Film Festival was released this morning.



For the 30th anniversary of the festival, the Alliance Française has selected 54 films for the program.


In the weeks to come, we will speak to you about our choices from the program. But in the meantime, you can look at the program and purchase tickets from right now, here.



The Alliance Française French Film Festival will take place in the below places on the following dates:


Sydney – 5 March to 10 April

Melbourne – 6 March to 10 April

Canberra – 7 March to 10 April

Perth – 13 March to 10 April

Brisbane – 14 March to 14 April

Hobart – 14 March to 23 March

Adelaide – 21 March to 18 April

Avoca Beach – 22 March to 27 March

Parramatta – 28 March to 31 March.


How many films do you normally watch during the Alliance Française French Film Festival?

Mulatu Astatke and The Black Jesus Experience delight a sold-out Sydney Festival crowd

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Mulatu Astatke’s 22 January concert was another sold-out Sydney Festival show in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent that did not disappoint. Mulatu Astatke, the highly regarded and equally talented father of Ethio-jazz returned for another show in Sydney together with the magnificent Black Jesus Experience hailing from Melbourne.


Image: Victor Frankowski


Mulatu Astatke is an infectious character with such a warm and humbling presence; the room can only smile while watching him with his laid back persona. Not only a composer, Mulatu Astatke performs using a variety of instruments, namely vintage keyboards, a vibraphone as well as an organ and congas.


Image: Victor Frankowski


The crowd spilled into the famous Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent in rapid succession. Soon after, the 75 year old broke out into the sultry and sexy opening track, “Yekermo Sew”, from the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers”, only to be greeted to a room of smiles and adoration for Astatke’s exquisite composition.


Image: Victor Frankowski


Honourable mentions go to Peter Harper on the saxophone & Ian Dixon on the trumpet for their incredible solos, which ensured the crowd erupted into applause again. Lastly, but certainly not least, Enushu Taye is unquestionably a key performer to the entourage with her unforgettably hypnotic voice that lingers in your ears and mind long after the show.


The show was MCed by Mr Monk, from the Black Jesus Experience. While his presence is a strong one, at times it felt like it was leaning on the unnecessary side, being a little too powerful and not symbiotic with the remainder of the performers. However, this is not at all to deny his talents in any way.

Image: Victor Frankowski


Overall, Mulatu Astatke and the Black Jesus Experience was a real treat and the only downside was having swollen hands from all the clapping. We hope that Mulatu Astatke returns to our shores to delight us again soon.




Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Sydney Festival