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Sydney Film Festival 2013

June 5, 2013toJune 16, 2013



* SYDNEY Film Festival

60th Sydney Film Festival in 2013 has a bigger than ever line-up of films and venues.  MiSociety attended the program launch and selected some ‘must sees’.
Sydney Film Festival 2013 opening night red carpet and after party photos and story

  • 5 – 16 June 2013
  • Various venues

SFF  2013 festival has expanded its program with 38,000 additional seats on sale for festivalgoers to experience the best films from Australia and around the world.  Sydney’s North Shore residents can now share the excitement with the addition of 23 screenings at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne.

SFF 2013 program features 190 titles (19 world premieres, 5 international premieres, and 122 Australian premieres) from 55 countries at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the new screening location at the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne and Art Gallery of NSW. The Apple Store Sydney hosts a selection of free public talks; Grasshopper continues as the official festival lounge, open late for drinks and dinner; and SFFTV@Martin Place returns with a free giant outdoor screen showing a selection of SFF highlights plus fascinating shorts from Film Australia collection at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Sydney Film Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall will return for a second year and will open until midnight.   The Hub offers an expanded line-up of FREE exhibitions, inspiring talks and panels, parties, performances, DJs and screenings throughout the Festival.  It is the only place to buy $10 discount tickets for selected screenings, or take part in the new Film Club, daily from 5pm to 6pm, to share your festival experiences.

SFF 2013 will screen 19 World Premieres with  two major Australian feature productions. 

Opening Night’s Mystery Road is an Outback-set murder mystery written, directed and edited by Ivan Sven (Beneath Clouds, Toomelah) and starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Damian Walshe-Howling, Tasma Walton, Zoe Carides and Samara Weaving.  (MiSociety must see)

 Nerve, the psychological drama, is a Sydney-based production directed by Sebastien Guy, starring a stellar cast of well-known and upcoming Australian actors including Gary Sweet, Christian Clark, Georgina Haig, Craig Hall, Andrea Demetriades, Denise Roberts and Cameron Daddo.

Eight new documentaries and one important restoration will also make their World Premieres at the festival including:

·         The World Premiere of William Yang: My Generation, screening in partnership with ABC TV Arts and Vivid Ideas. Yang’s trademark candid narration leads us through the wildly creative and decadent era of Sydney in the ’70s and ’80s, capturing personalities such as Brett Whiteley, Patrick White, Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee.

·         In collaboration with Vivid LIVE, SFF will screen The Sunnyboy, which follows Australian musician Jeremy Oxley’s 30-year struggle with schizophrenia as he faces up to returning to the stage with his band The Sunnyboys. The screening concludes with the band playing a live gig in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

·         Award-winning Australian photographer Murray Frederick’s (Salt) journey to capture some of the most elusive and beautiful sights of Greenland’s icecaps will captivate you in Nothing on Earth

·         Renowned filmmaker and artist George Gittoes is at the centre of Love City Jalalabad, which charts his journey against all odds to create an artists’ collective in western Afghanistan, and to produce films there for the local community with an international cast and crew.

·         Big Name No Blanket examines the legacy of Indigenous Australian music legend George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga – the frontman of the groundbreaking Warumpi Band.

·         The Unlikely Pilgrims, directed by Kristen Mallyon and John Cherry, follows a group of recovering addicts and a drug counsellor from a New South Wales rehab centre along their journey on the Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrims’ trail through northern Spain.

·         The Crossing, directed by Julian Harvey, follows two young Australians, Clark Carter and Chris Bray, as they attempt the difficult crossing of a remote island in the Arctic.

·         Buckskin is directed by Indigenous filmmaker Dylan McDonald. It follows Jack Buckskin’s mission to renew a once-extinct language and inspire a new generation to connect with the land and culture of his ancestors.

The digital restoration of the groundbreaking 1981 film Wrong Side of the Road, directed by Ned Lander, is based on the real lives of seminal Australian bands Us Mob and No Fixed Address.

MiSociety picks

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (about a family of Flemish bluegrass musicians)
  • The Crash Reel (Olympic-contending American snowboarder Kevin Pearce pushes himself to recover from a life-changing crash )
  • I Am Divine (The late, demented drag diva Divine)
  • Mystery Road (Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in an Outback-set thriller from Ivan Sen )
  • Rear Window (James Stewart and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic thriller)
  • Rocket, The (Kim Mourdant’s prize winning coming-of-age tale set entirely in Laos)
  • The Look of Love ( true story of the ‘King of Soho’, Paul Raymond)
  • Twenty Feet From Stardom (feel-good documentary)

Sydney Film Festival 2013 full list of films