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Australia | 2016 | 109 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director, Screenwriter: Ivan Sen | Producers: Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey | Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell,
Jacki Weaver, Cheng Pei-Pei, David Wenham | Distributor: Transmission Films
Australian auteur Ivan Sen’s new feature is a complex, stylish and intelligent outback noir
that reflects on Australia’s history with a compelling tale of its present. Goldstone sees the
excellent Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, SFF 2013) reprise his role as troubled Indigenous
detective Jay Swan.
On the trail of a missing person, Jay finds himself in the small mining town of
Goldstone, where he is immediately arrested for drink driving by young local cop Josh (Alex
Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gunfire, it becomes clear that something
larger is at play in the district. Jay and Josh struggle to overcome their mutual distrust to
uncover the unpleasant truth.
Sen, who also wrote, shot, edited and scored the film, takes full advantage of the
beauty of the outback without shying away from the scars it bears – both societal and
environmental. With a stellar cast including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, Cheng Pei-Pei,
David Gulpilil, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis, Goldstone’s themes encompass the
environment, corruption, politics, corporate greed, tradition and mythology.
oPENING NIGHt GALA
Join us in celebrating the 63rd Sydney Film Festival in style, with the presentation of our Opening Night Film at the
magnificent State Theatre. Experience all the red carpet glamour at one of Australia’s most beautiful venues.
A strictly limited number of tickets for the after party at Keystone’s Bungalow 8 are available in the full ‘Film and
Afterparty’ package. Here’s your chance to rub shoulders with Sydney Film Festival’s international and Australian
guests and film industry personalities at our biggest night of the year. Sip cocktails and sample canapés by the
Harbour as you mingle, soaking up the exciting atmosphere of Sydney’s premier film event.
Tickets are limited so grab yours today!
This event is strictly 18+
oPENING NIGHT (FILM AND AFTERPARTY)
oPENING NIGHT (FILM oNLY)
oPENING NIGHT CoNCESSIoN (FILM oNLY)
IVAN SEN was raised in Inverell, NSW and graduated from AFTRS in 1997. His short
films, Wind and Dust, were selected for the 2000 Dendy Awards. His debut feature
Beneath Clouds won a Silver Bear at the 2002 Berlinale and Best Director at the 2002
AFI Awards. Toomelah (SFF 2011) screened in un Certain Regard at Cannes, Official
Competition at SFF and won the uNESCO Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
FRI 10 JUN 7:30 PM CASULA | SAT 11 JUN 2:30 PM STATE
SUN 12 JUN 8:30 PM HoC
SUN 19 JUN 7:30 PM STATE
Ireland, France, Netherlands | 2016 | 93 mins | In English | Australian Premiere
Director, Screenwriter: Whit Stillman | Producers: Katie Holly, Lauranne Bourrachot, Whit Stillman
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark | Distributor: Transmission Films
A strong cast and a deft touch by director Whit Stillman bring the romantic entanglements of
a Jane Austen novella to vibrant life in this jubilant modern comedy of manners. young widow
Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) has come to her in-laws’ estate to wait out the colourful
rumours of her affairs. She confides to her friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny) elaborate schemes
to find husbands for her daughter and herself. With the arrival of handsome Reginald (Xavier
Samuel) and the silly but wealthy Sir James (a scene-stealing Tom Bennett), the games begin.
Since his acclaimed Sundance debut Metropolitan, caustic comedies of high-society
manners have been Stillman’s speciality. Adapting Jane Austen’s unfinished novella ‘Lady
Susan’, he makes the novelist’s insights into the plight of smart, single and penniless woman
feel so contemporary.
Beckinsale, reunited with her Last Days Of Disco co-star Sevigny, gives a career-topping
turn as the radiant yet devious Lady Susan, ‘a serpent in Eden’s garden’. Set to the quick-
fire rhythms of lethal putdowns and laugh-out-loud dialogue, Love & Friendship is a gleeful
marvel of satire and timeless wit.
LoVE & FRIENDsHIP
CLosING NIGHt GALA
Bid a fond farewell to the 63rd annual Sydney Film Festival at an evening filled with acclaim and applause, and one
more example of the best in film.
Before the screening of the Closing Night film enjoy our awards ceremony at the State Theatre honouring the
winners of the Sydney Film Prize, the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, the Dendy Awards for Australian
Short Films, the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award and The uNESCO Sydney City of Film Award.
This is a gala night full of excitement and colour and the perfect way to finish your film festival journey.
Book early as tickets are strictly limited!
This event is strictly 18+
CLoSING NIGHT CoNCESSIoN
WHIT STILLMAN’s first film, Metropolitan, debuted at the 1990 Sundance
Film Festival and went on to win a number of awards, as well as an Academy
Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He has since gone on to direct
acclaimed films such as Barcelona (1994), The Last Days of Disco (1998),
Damsels in Distress (2011), and write a novel, ‘The Last Days of Disco’.
SUN 19 JUN 8:30 PM HoC
oPENING AND CLosING NIGHts
sYDNEY FILm FEstIVAL 2016
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