The 62nd Sydney Film Festival's program has been unveiled. This year, the Festival will screen 251 films from 68 countries, with 33 World Premieres (including 22 World Premiere short films), 135 Australian Premieres (including 18 Australian Premiere short films) and 4 International Premieres.
"Sydney Film Festival has gone from strength to strength over recent years, with attendances increasing over 42% since 2011 to 156,000," said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. "Through the Festival, audiences, critics, creators and curators alike experience new countries, cultures, and perspectives, together. In so many ways, we are made of movies; we've grown up through cinema, come to know ourselves, our community and other communities; and the Festival celebrates these contributions to our collective culture."
The Opening Night Film will be Ruben Guthrie
, Brendan Cowell's adaptation of his hit play and Closing Night Film will be Neil Armfield's Holding the Man
, starring Ryan Corr, Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce, and Sarah Snook.
The following 15 films are my picks from the huge program for this year's Sydney Film Festival:
From the BAFTA-winning team behind the acclaimed documentary Senna comes the story of Amy Winehouse, five-time Grammy Award winner and arguably this millennium's greatest British female singer/songwriter. The documentary tells, in the megastar's own uncensored words and actions, of a young Londoner's coming of age in the public eye. Winehouse's genius and artistry propelled her to a level of celebrity she could never truly come to terms with. The filmmakers were granted interviews with family members, close friends and colleagues, as well as access to never-before-seen archival footage. Above all, this insightful portrait focuses on the music of Amy Winehouse – the driving force of an incredible talent whose tragic loss was felt deeply by the music industry and music lovers around the world.
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