Sydney Film Festival 2014

Sydney Film Festival 2014 20000 days on earth Nick Cave

‘Together in the dark we share our stories’. The 61st Sydney Film Festival kicks off on the 4th -15th June 2014. Expect to see the occasional Hollywood star, world first premieres and a sprinkling of popcorn.

The festival will take place across a variety of venues including the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne and the Art Gallery NSW. This year also sees the addition of the Skyline Drive-In Blacktown where there will be a special 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on Friday 13th June.

In addition, The Hub which is based in the Town Hall will be an area dedicated to a packed program of talks, exhibitions, live performances and over 25 free events plus a Festival Bar, which is designed to be a central meeting place for film lovers to relax, mingle and be entertained.

The opening night of the festival will commence with an Australian Premiere of ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ on the 4th June at the State Theatre where drama and reality collide in this innovative film about international culture icon Nick Cave which is directed by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who will be in attendance at the premiere. Tickets range from $25-$125.

On the closing night, (15th June) there will be an announcement at the State Theatre at 8pm of all the SFF awards for 2014 including the $60,000 Sydney Film festival prize. Following this will be the screening of ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ which is a vampire mockumentary from Taika Waitki (who directed Boy, which won the Audience Award at SFF 2010) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). Tickets start from $25.

Other highlights at this year’s festival include the film ‘Rover’, direct from the world premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, this highly anticipated futuristic thriller starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce will be showing at the State Theatre on the 7th June. In conjunction with Vivid Ideas, there will also be an opportunity to engage in an audience Q&A about the film with Pattison and Pearce as well as the director David Michod and producer Liz Watts. Further details on this are expected in the next coming weeks.

Along with Pattinson, UK representation also comes in the form of the film ‘Locke’, which has been described as “a daring and very successful cinematic experience” due to its minimalist setup and being shot in real time. Screenings take place at the State Theatre on Sunday 8th June 8:30pm and Monday 9th June 12:40pm.

Adding some further Hollywood sparkle to the proceedings of SFF is the Academy Award winning actress, Cate Blanchett as she introduces the film ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ in which she plays the voice of the character Valka. Tickets to this event are strictly limited. The event takes place on the 9th June, 2pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

Now in its 45th year as part of the SFF the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, including interesting film titles such as ‘I want to dance better at parties’, ‘The iMom’ and ‘The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray aged 33 & ¾. The finalists of this year’s Dendy awards will screen together in one session on Saturday 14th June at 3:50pm and Sunday 15th June at 11am at Event Cinemas George Street.
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By Stephanie Cross