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This year Sydney Film Festival celebrates its
60th anniversary, so it’s timely to look back
at all that SFF has achieved.
Sydney Film Festival continues to go from
strength to strength, attracting record
audiences, expanding into new venues and
using new formats – all designed to bring
Sydneysiders and visitors the very best of
the world’s cinema. Not surprisingly, this year
promises to be another successful SFF, firmly
cementing the festival as one of Sydney’s
most important cultural events. Nashen
Moodley and the SFF team have compiled
a program that will satisfy every cinematic
heart’s desire with 190 films from 55
While our heart remains in the State Theatre,
we continue to broaden our outreach with
new venues, this year adding the Hayden
Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne to the
mix. The Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall
returns after its highly successful opening
last year; it will once again be the place to
gather before and after the films and savour
the unique atmosphere of Sydney Film Festival.
SFF would not be possible without the support
of our partners and sponsors. In particular,
I want to acknowledge the significant support
of the New South Wales Government through
Screen NSW and Destination NSW. Also I would
like to acknowledge the Federal Government
through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney,
our longstanding Local Government partner.
Thanks also to all of our Distinguished,
Supporting and Festival Partners and our
Media, Production, Venue and Cultural Partners.
Come and join us for another 12 days of
the best in cinema from Australia and around
the world – and help us celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the Sydney Film Festival.
This pivotal anniversary of one of the oldest
film festivals in the world lets us look back at
a rich history, while looking forward to the
future of this quintessential Sydney experience.
Our online publication Sydney Film Festival
1954 to Now: A Living Archive is a perfect
celebration of this history. You can find it on
the home page of our website, but be warned,
you can lose hours in it. I know I have!
In this program guide, however, you’ll find
the political, adventurous, absurd and sexy
films that capture the now – films bound to
inspire discussion and debate for the next year.
SFF has always gone beyond simple screenings
whether it was sheep-shearing on Market
Street in 1974, or actors in wheelchairs
honouring James Stewart’s presentation
of Rear Window in 1984. The Sydney Film
Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall is our newest
celebration of cinema outside the theatre,
featuring talks, performances, DJs, video
installations and, of course, a bar.
And we expand beyond the cinema in other
ways too, playing with the moving image on
different types of screens, from the pocket-
sized versions on mobile phones to the
massive outdoor screen in Martin Place.
Thank you to the filmmakers whose work
we celebrate this year, the Sydney Film Festival
Board, CEO Leigh Small, my programming
colleague Jenny Neighbour, the wonderful
festival team, and all the individuals, companies
and organisations who come together to make
So welcome to the 60th Sydney Film Festival.
I hope you enjoy these films as much as we do.
THe HoN. GeoRGe SoURIS mP
MINISTER FOR TOURISM, MAJOR EVENTS,
HOSPITALITY AND RACING,
MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
The NSW Government is very proud to support
Sydney Film Festival, now in its 60th year. The
Festival is at the core of the State’s cultural
calendar, supporting and maintaining the local
industry and infrastructure in the State.
Local screen production not only promotes
Australia’s cultural identity, it encourages
employment in all aspects of screen production.
It also supports investment in the industry,
enhances the industry’s export potential,
promotes innovation and boosts quality.
I was pleased earlier this year to launch the
interactive online publication, Sydney Film
Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive – a
wonderful free archive full of images, essays
and film criticism, allowing us to reflect on
60 years of film history, social issues and
local culture as expressed through the medium
Each year the NSW screen sector continues
to make a significant social, cultural and
economic contribution, bringing innovation
and creativity to the State.
The NSW Government is delighted to continue
to support Sydney Film Festival with significant
funding through Screen NSW and our tourism
and major events agency, Destination NSW.
With this successful partnership, SFF has a
stable foundation for growth and expansion.
I am sure you will be fascinated by Sydney Film
Festival’s publication and equally enjoy the
stimulating and diverse selection of screen
content that will be on offer at the upcoming
2013 Sydney Film Festival.
I congratulate the Sydney Film Festival team,
including Festival Chair Chris Freeland and
the Board, Festival Director Nashen Moodley
and his entire staff, and wish you all a very
cloVeR mooRe mP
LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY
The City of Sydney is proud to support Sydney
For 12 days and nights, the festival will return
with films that entertain, inspire and challenge
us. As it celebrates its 60th year, the festival is
stronger than ever, continuing its tradition of
programming bold and important films and
cementing its reputation as a major event on
the international film calendar.
As one of the country’s most diverse cities,
it’s fitting that Sydney is home to a festival
that gives voice to stories from all around the
world. The festival will also continue to bring
important Australian stories and talent to
With films, documentaries, short films and
animations, Sydney Film Festival caters to
a wide audience of film lovers.
I’m delighted that the City will again be hosting
the Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town
Hall. This pop-up bar and performance space
is a wonderful place for Festival patrons to
meet before or after the festival’s screenings
to discuss the films over a drink and to enjoy
the festival outside the cinema.
I congratulate the Sydney Film Festival on
another impressive program and I hope that
you all enjoy this year’s films.
SYDNeY FIlm FeSTIVAl 2013
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