The Sydney Film Festival Is Coming!
Sydneysiders, it’s approaching that time of year again. Your hair’s frazzled, you’ve just gotten off work and you’re rushing towards the city. The pigeons are pecking at the scent of anticipation and you can feel it in the cold-yet-slightly-humid mid-June air. The arthritis is acting up again but you don’t mind because you feel like a kid again.
It’s Sydney Film Festival time. Twelve days of cinema, one day for each month of the year, twelve days to see some of the best and most exciting films to reach Aussie shores.
The festival, now in its 62nd year, showcases 200 films from over fifty countries including features, documentaries, shorts and animation brought over from world famous film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, as well as local Australian productions.
‘I want to see as many films as I can this year,’ you tell yourself.
After all, it is the most exciting time of the year, an annual celebration of cinema showcasing a much loved storytelling medium, film, with a whirlwind of premieres, exhibitions, red-carpet openings, parties, live music events, international guests, talks, and panels.
Amidst the dreary colour of a Sydney winter, the city transforms itself into a film-lover’s paradise.
The State Theatre, Dendy Opera Quays, Art Gallery of NSW, Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney Town Hall and the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne burst forth with vibrant splashes of colour and sound stimulating all manner of senses showcasing the Sydney Film Festival, which is happening June 3-14, 2015.
You let out a squeal of excitement because as an avid festival goer you know that this year will be even better than the last. New venues will soon be announced and this year you’re going to be prepared. You’re planning to buy yourself a flexipass which allows you to watch screenings of your choice with up to 3 companions, be it friends, family, or a giant bowl of pasta. Very satisfying.
That is, until you realise that it is currently March and the festival isn’t happening till June.
So you prepare yourself; you purchase your screening subscriptions (daytime and evening available), buy your flexipass tix, follow all the social media pages, heck, you even get a haircut.
After all, you want to have great hair when June rolls around. Humidity will not ruin your chances or appearance no matter how busy it gets. So make a wish kiddo, you’ve been good and Christmas has come early.
Subscriptions are on sale NOW and available until 10 April unless sold out.
A sneak preview of the 2015 program will be announced in April with the full Festival program revealed in May.
For more info see the Sydney Film Festival website.
Words by Addy Fong.