The program for the 63rd Sydney Film Festival has been launched in Sydney.
Sydney’s now world-famous Film Festival has seen patronage increase year-on-year since 2011, with 176,000 people attending last year’s event. Director Nashen Moodley has launched this year’s program, announcing that 244 films from 60 countries – including 25 world premieres – will feature during this year’s festival running from June 8-19.
This year’s festival will open with Goldstone (below), a stylish and intelligent outback noir from acclaimed Indigenous writer-director Ivan Sen. Goldstone’s stellar Australian cast includes Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, and David Gulpilil. The film sees Pedersen reprise his role as Indigenous detective Jay Swan who audiences first met in Sen’s Mystery Road, which opened the Festival in 2013.
Goldstone will also be one of the 12 films selected to compete for the prestigious Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 cash awarded by the Festival for courageous, audacious and cutting-edge filmmaking.
Another highlight of this year’s festival will be the retrospective program, starting with Essential Scorcese: Selected by David Stratton. Audiences will be able to see 10 films by one of the most influential directors of the age, including Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and The Age Of Innocence.