The 64th Sydney Film Festival offers filmgoers another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premiers, red-carpet openings, in-depth discussions, international guests and more.
The Festival has also announced 28 prominent new films to be featured in this year’s event, and the first of over 150 Festival guests: award-winning British filmmaker Nick Broomfield, director of the hotly anticipated Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, ‘Can I Be Me’.
Festival Director Nashen Moodley says that the line up this year is as entertaining as it is enlightening, “These films bring together thousands of talents and perspectives from across the globe, to create a lens- a way of looking at and experiencing aspects of the world and ourselves,” he said.
Leading the titles announced in the Festival’s sneak peek, is the high-profile documentary Whitney, ‘Can I Be Me’ – Nick Broomfield’s never-before-seen backstage look at the height of six time Grammy winner Whitney Houston’s stardom.
Also topping the list are non-traditional horror A Ghost Story, starring Oscar winner Casey Affleck, and Rooney Mara, and the Filipino independent filmmaker Lav Diaz’s haunting drama The Woman Who Left, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Sydney Film Festival also presents an Official Competition of 12 films that vie for the Sydney Film Prize, a highly respected honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize, based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals.
The Festival takes place from Wednesday June 7 to Sunday June 18, in various locations across greater Sydney. For more information see www.sff.org.au