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FRI 5 JUNE, 4PM-5PM FREE
Theatremaker and actor Simon Stone
will discuss working on his feature-film
debut, The Daughter. The family drama is
based on his award-winning re-imagining
of Henrik Ibsen’s play The Wild Duck,
and stars a host of top Australian talent,
including Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie,
Miranda Otto and Sam Neill.
JEREMY SIMS AND MICHAEL
CATON (LAST CAB TO DARWIN)
SUN 7 JUNE, 2PM-3PM FREE
Award-winning stage and screen director
and actor Jeremy Sims is joined by iconic
actor and national treasure Michael Caton
(The Sullivans, The Castle). Their talk will
focus on the making of Last Cab to Darwin,
an adaptation of the Sims-produced hit play
about a cancer stricken cabbie (played by
Caton) who seeks to die with dignity.
SAT 6 JUNE, 2PM-3PM FREE
Australian director Kim Farrant has earned
numerous accolades with her shorts and
TV documentaries. Her doco Naked on the
Inside screened at SFF in 2007. Here she will
talk about the making of her feature debut,
Strangerland, an outback-set thriller starring
Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo
Weaving which premiered at Sundance.
BRENDAN COWELL AND KATH
SHELPER (RUBEN GUTHRIE)
MON 8 JUNE, 4PM-5PM FREE
Theatre, film and television actor Brendan
Cowell and producer Kath Shelper will
discuss Cowell’s feature-film directorial
debut, Ruben Guthrie, adapted by Cowell
from his critically lauded play about a
Sydney ad executive who tries to quit
drinking. The film receives its World
Premiere at SFF as the Opening Night Film.
SFF presents a diverse range of talks with guest
filmmakers and industry experts. Our highly
successful series at the Apple Store is now in its
fourth year. The venerable Ian McPherson Memorial
Lecture is once again hosted by David Stratton and
our panels, debates and events return to the Festival
Hub at Sydney Town Hall (see pages 30-31).
JAN CHAPMAN AND DAVID STRAT TON IN CONVERSATION
MON 8 JUNE, 4PM, THE FESTIVAL HUB AT SYDNEY TOWN HALL
David Stratton brings his consummate interviewing skills to bear
as host of a special discussion featuring one of the most respected
and successful film producers in Australia, Jan Chapman.
Jan Chapman has produced some of Australia’s most celebrated and popular films,
including the Academy Award-nominated Bright Star, Lantana, winner of the Australian
Film Institute Award for Best Film; and The Piano, which won three Academy Awards. Her
films have won over 38 AFI Awards along with numerous other honours around the world.
Jan was Jury President at SFF 2010 and the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards; and has
served on juries at the Berlinale, Istanbul and Rotterdam film festivals. In 2004 Jan was
honoured for her outstanding contribution to Australian film as a recipient of the Order of
Australia; and is currently on the boards of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
(ACMI) and SFF. She is producer, along with Nicole O’Donohue, of this year’s Official
Competition film The Daughter.
The Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture is a free public event presented every year,
commemorating the contribution of the man who helped establish Sydney Film Festival
in 1954 and served on the Festival Board until 1977.
REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE TICKET AT SFF.ORG.AU OR PHONE 1300 733 733.
SUN 7 JUNE, 3.30PM, AT SYDNEY TOWN HALL
Australia’s favourite film critics join the Sydney Film Festival stage once more with
an entertaining overview of some of the films that they feel deserve our closer
consideration. After 28 years, and one of the longest and most enduring partnerships
on Australian television, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton recorded the final
episode of At the Movies late last year. But fortunately for us, they can’t get enough
of discussing the films they really love.
In this candid conversation at Sydney Town Hall, David will champion the films
he loves that were overlooked by critics or audiences, or both! Margaret will reveal
some of her unexpected pleasures, from The Fast and the Furious to even more
surprising selections. Their choices, and the reasons behind those choices,
will make for a fascinating, lively and thought-provoking event.
BUY YOUR $15 TICKET AT SFF.ORG.AU OR PHONE 1300 733 733.
MEMORIAL LECTURE 2015
THE FILMS WE LOVE:
THE NEGLECTED AND
To celebrate the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and
the spirit of fine filmmaking, the Apple Store Sydney
once again hosts its free Meet the Filmmakers series,
where you can hear esteemed writers, directors,
producers and actors discuss their latest projects
and answer your questions. All talks immediately
VISIT APPLE.COM/AU/SYDNEY TO SEE THE LATEST SCHEDULE AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2015
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