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Sun 16 Jun 8:00 PM STATE
USA | 2012 | 90 mins | In English
Director: Morgan Neville | Producers: Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers| Distributor: Transmission Films
From the first infectious chorus of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ (“And the coloured
girls go do di-doo di-doo”) this doco is a shout-out-loud feel-good homage to some of the
unsung best in the music business. Sure, the legends are all here – Mick Jagger, Ray
Charles, David Byrne, Sting, Springsteen, Stevie Wonder. The focus, however, is beyond the
spotlight, to the backup singers – mainly women – who make the tunes really swing.
Twenty Feet from Stardom follows their history from gospel-church inspiration to the Phil
Spector sound, from ’60s Britain to the present. Featured talent includes Darlene Love,
who was just 18 when she recorded her powerhouse lead on The Crystals’ ‘He’s a Rebel’
she did a lot of ‘ghosting’ in those days. Judith Hill was set to perform on Michael
Jackson’s tour before his sudden death. Other not-to-be missed appearances include
Mercy Clayton screaming “Rape! Murder!” for the Stones and Claudia Lennear shakin’ her
booty for Ike and Tina. In the background, the ever-present question lurks: why don’t these
tremendous talents take centre stage? Director Morgan Neville combines intimate access
to the singers – including Australian Jo Lawry who performs with Sting – with drop-dead
MorgAn nEvillE was born in Los Angeles. An award-winning
documentary filmmaker specialising in music subjects, he has received
three Grammy Award nominations. His films include Hank Williams: Honky
Tonk Blues, (SFF 2005), The Cool School (SFF 2007), Respect Yourself:
The Stax Records Story (SFF 2008), Johnny Cash’s America (2008) and
Crossfire Hurricane (2012).
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Come celebrate the 60th Sydney Film Festival in style, as the Opening Night Gala returns
to the magnificent State Theatre on Wednesday 5th of June 2013. Experience the red-carpet
glamour of one of Australia’s premiere film events in one of its most beautiful venues.
Tickets for the afterparty, to be held at Bungalow 8, are also available in the
full ‘Film + Party’ package.
Tickets are limited so grab yours today!
This event is strictly 18+
Bid a fond farewell to the 60th-annual Sydney Film Festival at an exciting evening filled
with acclaim, applause, awards and one more example of the best in film. Join us at the
State Theatre as we call it a wrap and celebrate the finale of another fantastic festival.
Before the screening of the SFF 2013 Closing Night film, be part of SFF’s awards
ceremony, honouring the winners of the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize, the 2013 FOXTEL
Australian Documentary Prize and the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films.
Tickets are limited so don’t miss out!
This event is strictly 18+
CloSing nigHT ConCESSion
oPEning nigHT (FilM AnD AFTErPArTY)
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oPEning nigHT ConCESSion (FilM onlY)
WED 5 Jun 7:30 PM STATE
Australia | 2013 | 121 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Ivan Sen | Producer: David Jowsey | Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving,
Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Samara Weaving |
Distributor: Dark Matter | World Sales: Arclight Films
In his astonishing and mesmerising new film, Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds ; Dreamland ;
Toomelah, SFF Official Competition 2011) uses the conventions of the Western and the
police procedural in a subtle examination of the social and political context of a small town
in the Australian Outback. Indigenous detective Jay Swan (an impressive Aaron Pedersen)
returns to his remote hometown and his first case is the murder of a teenage girl. Having
spent a considerable amount of time in the big city, when Jay returns he is alienated from
both the police force and his community, including his own daughter. Though thwarted in
his investigations by a lack of cooperation from the locals, and a lack of interest from his
fellow cops, Jay gradually unravels a complex crime web. Directing a stellar Australian cast
including Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-
Howling and Samara Weaving, Sen has made a suspenseful and intelligent mystery aided
by terrific performances. The Outback, in all its widescreen glory, plays its part too.
Showing himself to be as astute at directing action scenes as he is at making incisive
social commentary, the multi-talented Sen’s Mystery Road is all the more remarkable given
that he directed, wrote, shot, edited and scored the film.
Filmmaker guests: Ivan Sen, David Jowsey, Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and members
of the cast and crew.
ivAn SEn was raised in Inverell, NSW and graduated from AFTRS
in 1997. 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
and Official Competition at SFF and won the UNESCO award at the
Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Sydney Film FeSTiVal 2013
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