Sydney Film Festival unleashes a cracker of a line-up for 2014
Sydney Film Festival (SFF) Festival Director Nashen Moodley has revealed a stellar line-up of international and local cinema for the 61st annual Sydney Film Festival.
Minister for the Arts Troy Grant was present to unveil the line-up of films and events on offer and told the assembled crowd the festival is a highlight in the arts calendar.
“ Sydney Film Festival is a highlight of the city’s rich arts calendar and an important part of our cultural fabric. The Festival underpins Sydney’s recognition as a UNESCO City of Film, and I look forward to experiencing the Festival this June,” Grant said.
The popularity of Sydney Film Festival continues to increase year-on-year. Last year's festival attracted over 143,000 attendees and Festival Director Nashen Moodley expects this year the numbers will swell again.
“SFF not only presents the best films from across the country and around the world, but we also open up dialogue between the creators and audiences and curators and critics alike, in every direction and combination. Together in a crowded theatre, comedies are funnier, horror films are scarier and tender moments bring tears more readily; everything we feel is amplified by the power of the shared experience.”
Highlights of the upcoming festival include the Australian Premiere of futuristic thriller, The Rover, which will also encompass a talk with director David Michôd and key talent Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson; as well as world premieres and an international film competition (now in its sixth year).
In 2014, SFF features the most Australian films ever to compete for the prestigious Sydney Film Prize: in addition to The Rover; the 12 film selection includes the World Premiere of Kasimir Burgess’ Fell, and Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody’s Ruin.
With a 183 titles from 47 countires on offer, including 15 world premieres, SFF believes the festival has something for everyone.
This year's opening night flick is the Nick Cave inspired documentary, 20,000 Days on Earth and closing night film is a New Zealand mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows - which spoofs recent vampire films.
For tickets and full up-to-date program information visit sff.org.au