Best Glam Adelaide Movies of 2023

It’s been an interesting year for films, with the big weekend of ‘Barbie and Oppenheimer’, the first of the recently annual Adelaide Film Festival and lots of amazing independent and non-English language films hitting our screens.

Glam reviewers have rounded up their picks for the best of 2023.

By Heather Taylor Johnson

Top picks:

I reviewed Speedway Boogie for the Adelaide Film Fest and I’m still thinking about it. Unlike any true crime I’ve seen, this recreates the night in question with the actors playing the victims doubling as narrators, telling us about possible scenarios, giving the deceased teenagers of the 1970s unsolved mystery a sense of action. I think the concept is pure genius. Plus, the recreated fast food joint (created at Goodwood Road, no less) and the actual uniforms bought online are eye candy on screen.

Speedway Boogie is about to be released.

Runner Up:

Watch the charming and emotional love story between a man with children and a woman without children in the French film Foreign children, I had no idea I would respond so deeply in the days to come. The chemistry between Virginie Efira and Roshdi Zem is outstanding, but it’s the quiet unfolding of the narrative that I kept coming back to after the credits rolled. Although it has a strong feminist point of view, it is a feeling movie and it touched me very deeply.

Read it our review here.

Honorable Mention:

It’s also from Film Fest Club zero, a surreal, satirical look at our age of conspiracy theories, the motif aided by the insane Mia Wasikowska, who makes a group of children think they can live without food. Wasikowska always chooses quality films to be credible, and the cult aspect of the wellness industry brought into the high school classroom means the funny side of the concept becomes cringe-worthy. It’s stylized black humor at its driest, and the ending is great.

Read our review here

By Jack Seaton

1. Past lives

A beautiful film about memory, relationships and what could have been. Debut director Celine Song creates an emotional journey that hits every note perfectly.

Read our review here.

2. John Wick 4

The franchise just gets bigger and better with even more impressive sets and action. It also has a deeper story with some weight that harkens back to the original film.

Read our review here.

3. What does Love have to do with it?

A romcom that analyzes modern dating through the story of an arranged marriage. Cultural attitudes about what love really means are explored in this funny and deeply personal screenplay by Jemima Khan.

Read our interview with the director here.

By Tracy Corsten

The blue caftan

This exquisite film from director and screenwriter Mariam Touzani stays with you long after the closing credits. Set in an old-style kaftan shop where embroidery is still done by hand, this film tenderly explores the many faces of love and how it can flourish even in an oppressive society.

Read our review here.

Read our interview with the director here.

The old oak

What is believed to be the last (unfortunately) Ken Loach film. A small pub in a dying ex-coal town in the north of England is the meeting place for disgruntled locals. When a busload of Syrian refugees arrives in town, trouble begins. A superb exploration of some of the issues surrounding economic and geographic dispossession, but ultimately a portrait of hope.

Read our review here.

Cat Person

One of the most talked about films of the year, based on the viral short story, Cat Person explores modern encounters within the framework of universal human behavior. Disturbing and funny in equal measure, director Susanna Vogel both embodied the story and made it something more.

Read our review here.

Read our interview with the director here.

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