Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2015 Contents WELCOME
If you’re like me and suffer from FOMO (fear of
missing out, or so my kids tell me), you won’t
want to miss any of this year’s Festival. Join us
from 3 to 14 June to see the best films from
around the world, expertly curated by Festival
Director Nashen Moodley; to hear from local
and international filmmakers; and to be a part
of the buzz and community at the Festival Hub
at Town Hall.
We’ve been growing our audiences for many
years now, and we also continue to expand
geographically. This year, we’re screening at
Dendy Newtown for the first time and adding
monthly screenings at Casula Powerhouse in
Liverpool; in addition to our Travelling Film
Festival, which tours regional New South Wales
We’re fortunate to have excellent support
again this year. The New South Wales
Government, through Screen NSW and
Destination NSW, is a significant supporter –
for which we are extremely grateful. Thanks
also to the City of Sydney and the Federal
Government through Screen Australia for their
ongoing support. It’s not possible to single out
our many partners, but they are all recognised
throughout this program.
Philanthropic supporters are increasingly
important to the Festival, and I want to recognise
those who believe in what we are trying to do:
our role in telling important stories to audiences
who may not otherwise experience them, and the
important role that we play in assisting the New
South Wales film industry and screen culture.
Thanks in particular to those individuals who have
joined our recently launched Director’s Cut Program.
Enjoying the latest in film from Australia and
around the world, sharing unique experiences
and community with fellow film lovers and
filmmakers, rubbing shoulders with the best
and the brightest of our local film industry;
why would you want to miss out on any of
that? I look forward to seeing you all at the
2015 Sydney Film Festival.
This year’s theme, We Are Made of Movies,
might seem obvious at first, but it’s one that
unfolds to reveal just how complex and central
the role of cinema is to the human experience.
We really are made of movies; our hopes,
dreams, fears and aspirations, our ways of
interpreting and responding to the world, our
favourite phrases, our new mythologies and
archetypes are all shaped by the universal
language of film.
From the way every art form finds its way into
film, to the way film crosses the international
boundaries of language and culture, film allows
us to understand each other and ourselves in
ways that no other medium does. We learn
not only how to interpret the world in new
and more honest ways, but how to change it.
This, the 62nd Sydney Film Festival, will be
the fourth that I am lucky enough to lead
the programming on, in association with my
colleague Jenny Neighbour and a team of
talented contributors ranging from the highly
esteemed David Stratton to the notorious
We present 335 screenings of over 250 films
from over 68 countries in 12 days in nine
screening venues in one fabulous city. Add this
to over 100 other events including talks, Q&As,
master classes, parties, red carpet premieres,
music and a video art exhibition, and you have
a truly word-class Festival.
We are also pleased to prove that reports
of the death of the Australian film industry
have been greatly exaggerated. This year’s
Festival will demonstrate this with an incredibly
strong selection of features, documentaries
and shorts coming in from coast to coast.
It’s wonderful to see such a resurgence in local
production, telling the stories we all want and
need to hear, and we can’t wait to share them
I hope you enjoy perusing what we have on
offer for you as much as we have enjoyed
putting it all together. See you in the cinema.
THE HON. TROY GRANT MP
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND POLICE
MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MINISTER FOR RACING
Sydney Film Festival is a highlight on Sydney’s
event calendar, drawing eager audiences from
across New South Wales. Every June, the
Festival showcases an array of thought-
provoking and entertaining depictions of our
world; and is an opportunity for Australians to
indulge in the world of cinema.
Now in its 62nd year, the NSW Government is
delighted to again be supporting Sydney Film
Festival in bringing arts and culture to the
people of New South Wales. Our arts sector is
vital to our State and is supported by Create in
NSW: Arts and Cultural Policy Framework,
which reinforces the Government’s ongoing
commitment to excellence, access and strength
across our State’s artistic and cultural endeavours.
I am extremely proud of the NSW screen
industry. Our State has played host to many
amazing local and international filmmakers who
have used our impressive cityscapes, rural
backdrops and talented film crews to tell their
stories through film.
This year the Festival will host the Australian
premiere of Screen NSW-supported films,
including Strangerland and Ruben Guthrie, which
was also supported by Destination NSW. These
dramatic presentations showcase our home-
grown locations and creative production teams,
and feature both local and international stars.
Film is an important part of our cultural fabric
and underpins Sydney’s recognition as a
UNESCO City of Film. Last year more people
attended Sydney Film Festival than ever before,
demonstrating the growing appetite for film in
NSW. I am pleased Sydney Film Festival will
once again extend film highlights to our regional
communities through the Travelling Film Festival.
You will no doubt be inspired by this year’s
Festival program, and I invite you to join me
and many others in sharing the experiences
that are on offer.
LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY
Welcome to the 2015 Sydney Film Festival
and to this UNESCO City of Film.
This year’s Festival program of more than 250
films has delights for everyone. There will be
an Ingmar Bergman retrospective featuring 10
of his best films as selected by David Stratton;
and the world premiere of the Australian-Irish
thriller, Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman,
Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. For children
and families, there will be an expanded film
program that includes the Academy Award-
nominated animated feature, Song of the Sea, and
a charming feature from India, The Crow’s Egg.
As part of the newly expanded Library Talks
program, Sydney Film Festival and the City of
Sydney present The Bluffers’ Guide to Cinema,
to preview what you can see at this year’s Festival.
SFF Programs Manager, Jenny Neighbour,
who has been programming documentaries
for the Festival for more than 25 years, presents
an illustrated talk on 14 May, where she
reveals some highlights from the documentary
sections. Following on from this, on 28 May,
Richard Kuipers, programmer of Freak Me Out,
provides a sneak peek at some of the freakiest
films you’ll see this year, and will talk about the
process of selecting films for the Festival.
The City of Sydney is a proud supporter of the
Sydney Film Festival. Events of this type ensure
that Sydney retains its status as a globally
competitive and innovative city with a thriving
This year’s official Festival screening venues
include the State Theatre, Dendy Opera Quays,
Art Gallery of NSW, Event Cinemas George
Street, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
Cremorne, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
and Dendy Newtown. SFFTV’s big screen will
also take pride of place in Martin Place, with
spectacular light installations and other
attractions illuminating the night sky during
Vivid Sydney 2015.
See you at the Festival!
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2015
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