The programme for the 63rd Sydney Film Festival has been officially launched by Troy Grant, the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts.
Nashen Moodley, Sydney Film Festival Director said “Sydney Film Festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with attendances increasing by over 59% to 176,000 since 2011. In 2016 the Festival will present 244 films from 60 countries including 25 World Premieres, representing hundreds of fresh perspectives and new stories from across Australia and around the world.”
The 2016 Festival will open with the world premiere of ‘Goldstone’, from acclaimed Indigenous writer-director Ivan Sen, whose stellar Australian cast includes Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil. The film sees Pedersen reprise his role as Indigenous detective Jay Swan, who audiences first met in Sen’s ‘Mystery Road’, which opened the Festival in 2013.
Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s comical early novella Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Australian actor Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry will close the Festival.
The Festival will screen at a wide selection of venues across Sydney from the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Skyline Drive-In Blacktown, Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Casula Powerhouse, SFF Outdoor Screen at Pitt Street Mall, the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall to the Apple Store Sydney. Newly added locations at the University of New South Wales and Carriageworks, expand on the Festival Hub’s program of new immersive screen experiences.
The Festival Hub will return to Sydney’s Town Hall for a fourth year. Open to the public all nights, and select days from 9-19 June, The Hub is a multi-disciplinary pop up complete with a contemporary screen-based gallery, a sophisticated bar, a designer lounge and is now a home for the Festival’s extraordinary virtual reality film collection.
Words & Photos: Sandra Tiltman