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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
fifth year. David stratton goes from host to guest at
this year’s Ian mcPherson memorial Lecture, and
our panels, debates and events return to the Festival
Hub at sydney town Hall (see page 7).
AS TIME GOES BY: THE CHANGING FACE OF FILM
FESTIVALS, FILM WATCHING, AND FILM ITSELF
David Stratton in conversation with producer Al Clark
SAT 11 JUNE, 5pm – 6:05pm AGNSW
David Stratton – who has interviewed prominent figures in film over the years as
part of the Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture – is himself the subject of this one.
This event marks the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his appointment in 1966
as the director of Sydney Film Festival, a position he held for 18 years before going
on to become the author, broadcaster, critic and historian we know today.
Al Clark has produced films for the past 32 years, first in the UK – where his credits
include Nineteen Eighty-Four, Absolute Beginners and Gothic – then in Australia.
His Australian films – which have been selected for most major film festivals and
distributed worldwide – include The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert;
Chopper; Siam Sunset; The Hard Word; Razzle Dazzle; Blessed and Red Hill. The
recipient of the 2013 AACTA Raymond Longford Award for lifetime achievement, he
was appointed to the board of Screen Australia in December 2014. Clark is also the
author of two books, ‘Raymond Chandler in Hollywood’ and ‘Making Priscilla’.
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.
MEMORIAL LECTURE 2016
Visit apple.com/au/sydney to register for events and filmmaking workshops.
IVAN sEN AND
Multi-hyphenate filmmaker Ivan Sen and
producer David Jowsey return to the Meet
the Filmmaker seat to discuss their latest
collaboration, Goldstone, and what in
particular made Jay Swan (played by Aaron
Pedersen) a worthy character to revisit.
An ambitious outback noir packed with
Australian talent, the film receives its world
premiere at SFF as the Opening Night Film.
(THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS)
SAT 18 JUNE, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM FREE
Morgan Neville won the Academy Award
for Best Documentary for 20 Feet From
Stardom, about the overlooked world of
back-up singers, in 2013. He shifted his
focus to a diverse group of dedicated
performers for The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo
Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and here
he talks in depth about making movies about
music and musicians throughout his career.
tEmUERA moRRIsoN AND
AKUHAtA KEEFE (MAHANA)
SUN 12 JUNE, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM FREE
Lee Tamahori’s welcome return to New
Zealand cinema, Mahana, focuses on the
enduring rivalry between two Maori sheep-
shearing families. Joined by stars Temuera
Morrison and Akuhata Keefe, Tamahori (Once
Were Warriors) will discuss his return to
New Zealand, after 20 years in Hollywood, to
realise this moving 1960s-set family drama.
(NOTES ON BLINDNESS)
SUN 19 JUNE, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM FREE
Director Peter Middleton collected recordings
made by the late writer and theologian,
John Hull, then filmed actors lip-syncing
his reflections on gradually going blind. His
talk will focus on this innovative process of
re-creating the late author’s thoughts and
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
Go inside one of two interactive experimental films in icinema’s
360-deGree 3d cinematic theatre at Unsw from 8 – 18 JUne
The experimental works Deluge and Nebula explore our increasingly uncertain
relationship with the natural world. They do so using a world leading 360-degree
3D cinematic platform that immerses the viewer inside a dynamic visual space that
interacts with the viewer, utilising cutting edge developments in computer graphics
and artificial intelligence. While in Deluge the central character attempts to come
to terms with what it means to live in a post-cyclonic world where she has lost
everything she loves, in Nebula the central character finds herself caught up in a
dream world where nature is at once a threat and yet also a paradoxical refuge.
To celebrate the 2016 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
learn from esteemed writers, directors, producers and
actors and hear them discuss their latest projects and
creative practice. All talks immediately after screenings.
sYDNEY FILm FEstIVAL 2016
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