Ruben Guthrie, an Australian film about a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life, has been announced as the Opening Night Film at this year's Sydney Film Festival. It is the directorial debut of award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor Brendan Cowell, who adapted it from his own critically acclaimed Belvoir St Theatre production. The cast includes Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson.
Life is good for ad man Ruben Guthrie - he leads a party boy lifestyle, has a model fiancée and lives in a house on the water. He's at the top of his game, until some drunken skylarking lands Ruben at the bottom of his infinity pool, lucky to be alive. His mum hits the panic button, and then his fiancée leaves him, but not before issuing him one final challenge: If Ruben can do one year without a drink, she'll give him another chance...
"We are very proud to open this year's Festival with the World Premiere of this bold new Australian film," says Festival Director Nashen Moodley. "It is a marvellous directorial debut for Brendan Cowell - hard-hitting, touching and surprisingly funny, an intensely human film that represents the best of Australian screen production."
"I am beyond excited to have my first film Ruben Guthrie open the Sydney Film Festival 2015," says Brendan Cowell. "To screen this very Sydney story to a packed house at the State Theatre is a dream come true, and I can't wait for audiences to enjoy this comic tale of love, loss, and liquor."
Ruben Guthrie will be screened at the State Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday 3 June. The film's trailer is embedded below.