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As Sydney Film Festival embarks on its seventh
decade, I'm reminded of just how far we've all
come together. The Festival is now secure in its
position as one of the world's oldest continuously
running film festivals and one of the most iconic
festivals in Sydney's annual arts calendar.
While SFF will always be committed to delighting
and challenging audiences with the very best in
film, our commitment to the Australian film
industry is an important part of what we do.
Creating a community for filmmakers to
collaborate, create, inspire and engage with
one another is critical, along with those 12 days
in June when we can all disappear into the
darkness and be transported someplace else
through the magic of film. Audiences across
regional New South Wales (and further afield) get
to experience the best of SFF throughout the year
thanks to our Travelling Film Festival.
Now in his third year as festival director,
Nashen Moodley will surprise and enchant you
with a program that is broad and deep enough
to satisfy every cinematic taste. The Festival
Hub at Town Hall again presents its mix of
exhibitions, talks and entertainment. There
is no better space to gather with friends
before and after a film than the Hub.
Meanwhile SFF expands its screenings at the
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne
to give you more opportunities to spend time
in this magnificent venue.
Sydney Film Festival 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. I
would also like to acknowledge the City of Sydney,
our very important local government partner, and
the federal government through Screen Australia.
Thanks also to all of our Distinguished, Supporting
and Festival Partners and our Media, Production,
Venue and Cultural Partners.
I look forward to seeing you at the
Festival in June.
Sydney is a city famous the world over as a
festival city: from Sydney Festival to Mardi Gras to
Vivid to SFF and so many more, there's a mood, a
buzz, a palpable atmosphere that takes over the
town when one of our keynote events kicks off.
It's a complex, multi-layered but ultimately
joyous phenomenon. Audiences take chances
on experiencing great new works, because
these great festivals bring a carefully curated
stamp of approval to all of their programs.
Dialogue emerges around all aspects of the
artforms, between the creators and audiences
and curators and critics alike, in every direction
We delight in eavesdropping on the discussions in
the queues before an event, or the dissections and
critiques in the foyers and bars afterwards. We see
how festivals give people permission to talk to
strangers, to share in anticipation and celebrate or
commiserate in triumph or disappointment.
We revel in the media engagement, the interviews,
the feature articles, the tweets, the Facebook
posts and the happy smiling selfies. From national
and international channels down to peer and
personal networks, bouquets and brickbats fly in
ever-increasing numbers from every possible
direction, and we love it all.
It means that it matters. That we really do need
and want to come together in the dark to share
our stories, face our fears, discover ourselves,
fall in love again, travel far and wide, change
the world and find new hope. Human aspiration
and happiness and the search for meaning is
at the very core of what we are about. The
quality of our experiences, their depth and
breadth, is magnified by sharing them with others.
At Sydney Film Festival, our peak experiences
happen literally hundreds of times each year.
Each time the house lights go down, the
Together in the dark, comedies are funnier, horror
films are scarier, tender moments bring tears
more readily, everything we feel is amplified by
the power of the shared experience. Join us.
THE HON. TROY GRANT MP
MINISTER FOR HOSPITALITY,
GAMING AND RACING,
MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
Welcome to the 2014 Sydney Film Festival.
The Festival is a highlight of Sydney's winter
calendar of events. For two weeks this June, the
Festival brings us an abundance of opportunity
to dive into new worlds and sometimes, back
into the old. The NSW Government is very
pleased to be again supporting SFF, now in
its 61st year, in bringing arts and culture to
the people of New South Wales.
This year's program takes us to places
as varied as deep inside CERN's Hadron
Collider, along for the ride with the tiffin
delivery bikes on the streets of India, and
into 1970s Redfern to explore the history
of the National Black Theatre.
I am particularly pleased to see the Festival's
traditional homebase at the State Theatre
now has a satellite into Western Sydney
alongside its venture across the bridge to
the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
Cremorne. I am also pleased to see the
travelling arm of the festival, the Travelling
Film Festival, takes in 10 regional NSW
from Yamba to my home town of Dubbo.
I'm proud to see the medium of film retains
its ability to bring us together through the
sharing of stories, discoveries and emotions.
Film is an important part of our cultural fabric
and underpins Sydney's recognition as a
UNESCO City of Film. I look forward to
experiencing the excitement of the Festival
and hope you will all join us for the adventure.
LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY
Welcome to the 2014 Sydney Film Festival
and to this UNESCO City of Film.
As this program shows, the Festival is a
microcosm of Sydney itself -- a place of
curiosity and creativity, of learning and
expression, a place that is uniquely itself
yet vitally connected to the world.
And so this year's program reflects the
preoccupations and debates of our times:
the right to gay marriage, women's rights and
cultural oppression, the parlous state of our
environment, the devastation of war and our
colonial legacies. It investigates the boundaries
of science and tells stories of love and loss,
of family and fear. It brings us the work of
emerging Australian writers and directors as well
as international names and crowd favourites.
The Festival appears across our City in many
guises. Our historic Town Hall is one home,
with the Sydney Film Festival Hub at Town Hall
the place for festivalgoers to gather pre- and
post-screenings. It's the forum for debriefing and
debate amid all the buzz of the festival atmosphere.
A bespoke entertainment program will fuse
with interactive media to provide a stimulating
environment for festivalgoers to share their
experiences, building a real festival community.
Town Hall's Treasury Room will host lively panel
discussions for filmgoers seeking context and
dialogue for their chosen screenings. We are
pleased to welcome you all to the Hub and to
the Treasury Room.
Last year, we celebrated the Festival's 60th
anniversary with support for Sydney Film
Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive, its
online publication on the festival's history. It
seemed an appropriate fit for us as Sydney is
primed for growth in the global digital economy,
and our creative industries are very much part
of that growth.
This year, we are delighted to be working more
closely than ever with Sydney Film Festival,
and we are pleased to be able to increase our
support this year to help stamp our City as the
lively, multicultural City of Film that it is.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014
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