Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2013 Contents HAIFAA AL MANSOUR
Saturday 8 June, 2-3pm
Pioneering Saudi Arabian director Haifaa
Al Mansour returns to Sydney, where she
earned a masters in film studies at the
University of Sydney, to talk about her
debut feature Wadjda, the first feature shot
entirely in her country. The film screens
in SFF’s Official Competition (see page
14). Haifaa’s attendance at the festival is
supported by The University of Sydney.
IVAN SEN AND
Sunday 9 June, 12-1pm
On the vanguard of Australian filmmaking
since his acclaimed debut feature
Beneath Clouds, Ivan Sen is no stranger
to the festival; his previous film Toomelah
screened in SFF’s 2011 Official Competition.
His highly anticipated Mystery Road (page 8)
is SFF’s Opening Night film this year. In
this session Sen, together with producer
David Jowsey, will discuss the making of
Mystery Road, which he directed, wrote,
shot, edited and scored.
KIM MORDAUNT AND
Sunday 9 June, 2-3pm
The Australian filmmaking duo of writer-
director Kim Mordaunt and producer
Sylvia Wilczynski (Bomb Harvest ) discuss
their Lao-language debut feature The
Rocket, which won the Crystal Bear
and Best First Feature at the Berlinale
and Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca.
The film screens in its Australian Premiere
at SFF (see page 13).
Saturday 15 June, 2:30-3:15pm
Oscar-nominated actor-director Sarah
Polley (Away from Her, Take This Waltz )
discusses her highly personal first venture
into documentary, the award-winning
Stories We Tell. The film screens in SFF’s
Official Competition (see page 14).
Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse range of
talks with guest filmmakers and industry experts.
From our highly successful series at the Apple Store,
now in its third year, to the venerable Ian McPherson
Memorial Lecture, once again hosted by David
Stratton, SFF offers many opportunities to encounter
leading and emerging figures in the film industry.
Don’t miss our expanded slate of panels, debates
and events at the Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall
(see pages 32-33). One of many Hub highlights is
Julie and the Directors, a nod to our 60th edition
uniting 60 years of SFF programmers on one stage.
with David Stratton
mOnday 10 June, 11am-12:30pm
eVent CInemaS GeOrGe Street (eV3)
ABC-TV’s David Stratton brings
his consummate interviewing
skills to bear as host of a
special discussion featuring
a surprise guest!
Stratton is a former director of Sydney
Film Festival and is currently film critic for
The Australian and host of ABC TV’s At the
Movies. A recipient of the Australian Film
Institute’s Raymond Longford Award, David
has also served as a former President
of the International Critics Jury for both
the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals,
authored three books and lectures in
Film History at the University of Sydney.
Stratton and co-host Margaret Pomeranz
recently celebrated 25 years of their on-
screen partnership on Australian TV.
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.
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MEMORIAL LECTURE 2013
BRIT NOIR TALK
François Truffaut said it wasn’t real cinema. Film historian William K Everson said it didn’t exist. Despite or
perhaps because of the cold shoulder from the experts, British film noir has kept a stiff upper lip and held
its own. It’s now emerging as a new source of excitement for filmgoers, and there’s growing acclaim for
the genre’s neglected directors, including Robert Hamer, Val Guest and J. Lee Thompson. Yet still it’s hard
to put a finger on what British noir was and why its grim social vision troubles us. To investigate, NFSA
programmer Quentin Turnour convenes a special panel of those who’ve recently been watching a lot of
British noir – and maybe a few who saw the films being made.
Don’t miss the selection of classics screening in SFF’s Brit Noir retrospective – see page 42.
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SCREEN AUSTRALIA MASTER CLASSES
Screen australia in partnership with SFF brings leading documentary filmmakers to Sydney
for a series of intimate industry masterclasses at the Festival Hub. Participants include:
Sarah polley, Oscar®-nominated director of Stories We Tell (page 14); Joshua Oppenheimer,
director of The Act of Killing (page 10); and Danish filmmakers Signe Byrge Sørensen and
andreas dalsgaard (The Human Scale, page 36). The talks are hosted by SBS’s Sandy George.
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To celebrate the 2013 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
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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2013
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