Lights! Camera! Sydney Film Festival!
Film fans get ready – Sydney is about to submerge itself into 12 days of movie magic with the annual Sydney Film Festival.
This is one of the world’s oldest film festivals and always showcases the world’s most exciting cinema, biggest stars, and emerging talent. There is a strong emphasis on supporting local Australian productions, but this is also a festival that gives you a window into cinema across the world.
Like all of the best festivals, there are more movies on offer than you could ever hope to see, so here’s our guide to some of the hot tickets at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.
This is the movie that will open the festival and stars Australian favourites Jack Thompson and Alex Dimitriades. A bittersweet love letter to the temptations of life in Sydney.
The kind of movie that you’re only going to see at a film festival, it’s performed entirely in sign language and without subtitles. Sexually explicit and violent, so this won’t be to everyone’s taste, but this is incredible film-making.
The Smell of Us
You might remember director Larry Clark from the controversial Kids a few years ago, this time he’s looking at the disaffected youth of Paris. It’s time to see the City of Love in a new light.
Willem Dafoe is an incredibly good actor who sometimes seems to be wasted on character roles. In Pasolini he is front and centre and mesmerising as the Italian creative giant Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Lily Tomlin is simply getting better and better. She’s in her element here playing a foul-mouthed, broke, lesbian poet who suddenly finds a new sense of responsibility for her granddaughter.
Far From The Madding Crowd
A Thomas Hardy classic, Carey Mulligan takes on the role of Bathsheba Everdene – the fiercely independent heroine finding her place in the demanding world that she finds herself in.
Holding the Man
Closing night belongs to Holding the Man, a story with emotional impact that began life as a novel, was adapted for the stage and now hits the big screen cinematic. Ryan Corr and Craig Stott play the star-crossed leads with supporting roles filled by Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, and Kerry Fox. A moving story of love and loss in Australia’s recent past.
When: 3–14 June 2015
Where: Venues across Sydney
There will be movies popping up all over the city, including the grand State Theatre, the George Street cinemas in the business district, the Town Hall, and even a drive-in cinema in Blacktown.
Where to stay
Sydney has a huge range of accommodation options, from the five-star powerhouse hotel brands, to boutique luxury, and affordable getaways. Here are a couple of suggestions:
– The QT Sydney gives you glamour and its central location means that you’ll be able to walk pretty much everywhere that you need to go.
– Establishment Hotel is small but perfectly formed – everything that you need, right on your doorstep.
– 1888 Hotel – on the Darling Harbour side of the city, jump on a ferry for easy beach access.
Grab your popcorn and a chic-top – the shows about to start!