The 64TH Sydney Film Festival announces Korean-American actor and The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun will join director and 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or contender Bong Joon-ho, and Australian actor Daniel Henshall (Snowtown) at the Sydney Film Festival in June (7-18). Their film Okja will premiere at the Festival, direct from sparking controversy in Cannes.
The Festival also reveals former New Zealand Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General candidate Helen Clark will attend with director-producer Gaylene Preston for the World Premiere of her documentary My Year with Helen.
These Festival guests join an incredible line-up with some of the world’s most exciting filmmakers and industry stars, both local and international.
Festival audiences can see and hear from Oscar-winning actor and political activist Vanessa Redgrave, Hollywood based Emmy-winning actor Ben Mendelsohn, Cannes-winning Indigenous director Warwick Thornton, 2017 Berlinale Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner Alain Gomis, 2017 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Ildikó Enyedi, Australian director-writer-producer David Wenham, Red Dog director Kriv Stenders, and acclaimed Indigenous actor and director Wayne Blair.
These luminaries and many more will join audiences at the premieres of their films, in talks, panels and at Q&A sessions. The Hub at Town Hall will also host FREE Meet the Filmmaker talks: a collaboration between the Sydney Film Festival and Vivid Ideas, part of the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney.
A young girl fights to save her best friend, a gigantic animal named Okja, in the great Korean director Bong Joon-ho's Cannes Competition contender starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo-hyun.
Manus Island is the setting for this unique collaboration between an Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, made with footage from a mobile phone.
A stomping tribute to Native American musicians, crammed with concert footage, celebrating their weighty yet unheralded contribution to music, from Hendrix to Metallica.
A charming feature from one of Canada's best loved, award winning animators, Ann Marie Fleming, voiced by Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar.
Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin, one of the most incisive commentators on race in America.
Aki Kaurismäki's new film is a funny and melancholic tale of the friendship between a Syrian refugee and a Helsinki restaurant-owner. Berlinale Silver Bear winner for Best Director.
World Premiere: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma and Michael Smiley star in this romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads to the Paris streets.
Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Film Festival: an extraordinary, audacious film about four Quebec students who take protest to the verge of terrorism.
The intensely passionate, creative and fraught set of relationships that formed one of the most loved bands in Australian rock history is explored in this classy documentary.
The history of the disability rights movement, featuring a litany of impressive activists determined to create a world where everyone, regardless of impairment, is valued and can participate fully.
The story of Kalgoorlie's last original gold rush brothel, servicing the miners since 1904, through the eyes of the whimsical Madam Carmel, 70, and its longest-serving lady of the night, BJ.
Open your mind and expand your imagination with Japanese robots, dance battles on the streets of Sydney, an Antarctic dive and more. Don a virtual reality headset and transport yourself.
A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration.
Women filmmakers from the three Feminism & Film programs talk with curator Susan Charlton about Sydney in the 1970s and ’80s; philosophy, pleasure and politics; collectives, collaborations and film co-ops; feminism/s and filmmaking – then and now.