Sydney Film Festival presents as part of Vivid Ideas a diverse range of talks with guest filmmakers and industry experts. The venerable Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture is back; and debates and events return to the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall.
David Stratton, former director of the Sydney Film Festival (1966 – 1983), film critic and author, is in conversation with one of Australia’s most respected actors - David Wenham.
Following the screening of Una, Ben Mendelsohn will discuss the film and his extraordinary career from the beginnings in Australia to his more recent international successes.
Directors in our Europe! Voices of Women in Film program speak about the gender gap. Moderated by Screen International’s Sarah Ward.
Following the screening of We Don’t Need a Map, join filmmaker and artist Warwick Thornton in conversation with film writer Sandy George.
Shaun Gladwell talks with VR programmer Leo Faber about his virtual reality work, including Orbital Vanitas featured in the VR program.
Following the screening of her directorial debut, the documentary Sea Sorrow, join activist and actor Vanessa Redgrave in conversation with film commentator Margaret Pomeranz.
Join Dutch co-director Arash Kamali Sarvestani to hear more about this extraordinary project. Presented in conjunction with The Refugee Advice and Casework Service.
New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston will discuss her year-long project with former NZ Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General candidate Helen Clark.
Tusi Tamasese, the director of One Thousand Ropes and of the first-ever Samoan feature (The Orator, 2011) will chat about his approach to storytelling with SMH’s Garry Maddox.
Join producer Hebért Peck in discussion with Documentary Australia Foundation’s Mitzi Goldman after the screening of this most topical film.
The Music presents this talk on Derek Jarman’s Jubilee and punk culture in Australia, from the UK’s safety pin-stylin’ swagger to the sweaty pub-rock masses of Sydney that defined a generation.
Guardian Australia film critic Luke Buckmaster discusses his new book ‘Miller and Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend’ about the legacy and revelations of the franchise.
Are we diverse enough and do we like what we see on the screen? The filmmakers of Australia Day and Ali’s Wedding discuss the realities of multiculturalism in Australian cinema.