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Sat 7 Jun 7:00 PM StatE
Sun 8 Jun 11:30 aM StatE
Australia | 2013 | 103 mins | In English | Australian Premiere
Director, Screenwriter: David Michôd | Producers: Liz Watts, David Linde, David Michôd | Cast: Guy Pearce,
Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy | Distributor: Roadshow Films
In 2010 David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and
established Michôd as one of the most promising new filmmakers in world cinema. His much-anticipated
second feature, a Cannes Official Selection, is an uncompromising, dark thriller with elements of a
western, fulfilling all the promise of his debut. Set in a dangerous near-future, 10 years after the collapse
of the economic system, The Rover depicts an Australia without law or order. The country’s natural
resources have attracted a range of opportunists, and life is cheap. When Eric (Guy Pearce) has his car
stolen, he embarks on a ruthless mission to track down the thieves. He soon forms an unlikely partnership
with Rey (Robert Pattinson), the naïve younger brother of gang member Henry (Scoot McNairy) who has
left Rey behind in the bloody aftermath of a robbery. Gripping and terrifying, The Rover’s power lies in its
strong relation to reality. Says Michôd: “I want The Rover to feel like an entirely conceivable world of the
very near future, a world despoiled by very real forces and systems at work all around us today.”
Filmmaker guests: Guy Pearce, David Michôd, Liz Watts
DaVID MICHÔD is an Australian writer, director and producer. His debut feature film
won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and 10 AFI
Awards, including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay.
tuE 10 Jun 6:00 PM StatE
WED 11 Jun 12:10 PM EV4
Australia | 2013 | 90 mins | In English and Khmer with English subtitles | Australian Premiere
Directors, Screenwriters, Producers: Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody | Cast: Sang Malen, Ros Mony |
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
In the stunning follow up to Hail (SFF 2011), Australian co-directors Michael Cody and Amiel
Courtin-Wilson deliver a visually breathtaking, impressionistic tale of love and violence. Phirun
and Sovanna are two Cambodians who live troubled lives. Sovanna works as a prostitute and
suffers under a sadistic pimp, while Phirun is a factory worker who tires of the abuse. Each can
take it no longer and, magnetically drawn together, they are forced to flee the city. They take to
the jungle where along with growing love, they face burgeoning chaos. The journey brings its
own traumas, and Phirun and Sovanna must deal with a present as perilous and violent as their
pasts. Largely improvised, and structurally daring, Ruin creates a dreamlike atmosphere, and
is set to an unforgettable score that perfectly augments the hypnotic images. The winner of the
Orrizonti Special Jury Prize at Venice, Ruin confirms Cody and Courtin-Wilson as filmmakers who
achieve visceral and stunning cinema in a risky and original way.
Filmmaker guests: Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
aMIEL COuRtIn-WILSOn is a writer, director and producer. At 19 his feature-
length film debut
won best Australian documentary at SFF. His
(SFF 2011) premiered at Venice and won international
attention. MICHaEL CODY is a graduate of UTS. He produced
is his feature debut as director.
Rock ‘n’ roll thriller Mojo won Jez
Butterworth an Olivier Award and
inspired Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and
Two Smoking Barrels. 17 May – 5 Jul.
Hugo Weaving towers as
Shakespeare’s most complex
protagonist in Macbeth.
Justine Clarke and Jacqueline McKenzie
star in Andrew Upton’s adaptation of
Gorky’s Children of the Sun.
Richard Roxburgh masters swordplay
and wordplay in Rostand’s swashbuckling
romance Cyrano de Bergerac.
Good on screen.
Breathtaking on stage.
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OFFICIAL COMPETITION 13
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014
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