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Sydney Film Festival June 4 - 22



Sydney Official Competition winner

Sydney Film Festival Jury President Gillian Armstrong last night announced UK film, Hunger, as the winner of the inaugural Sydney Film Prize. Hunger was awarded the Prize ahead of 11 other international films.In her announcement at Sydney Opera House, Jury President Gillian Armstrong said, "Before we announce the winner of the Sydney Film Prize the jury would like to make special mention of two films. We commend Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light for its highly poetic and creative use of sound...

Lessons From The Kung Fu Panda

As the Kung Fu Panda’s entourage struck the city for its Sydney Film Festival Australian premiere last Monday night, I waited in watchful expectation among the media pack on the red carpet, reciting all the Confucius wisdom I could remember, to mentally prepare myself  to ask ‘The Hard Questions’.  The Paramount Pictures PR whispered to me quietly as if a secret aside “this is the Dreamworks CEO, do you have a question?”  And there heading towards me, first in the Kung Fu Panda PR a...

Sydney Film Festival offers $60,000 reward

There have been more red carpets than a Persian carpet showroom at the Sydney Film Festival this year.  The festival ends its ‘red carpet marathon’ this evening with the Australian premiere of The Square, competing for a record $60,000 Sydney Film Prize with 11 other official competition films, each one graced with a red carpet gala for its opening night premiere. But Australia is no longer a classless society.  The red carpet at Sydney Film Festival has two lanes – one for all the ticke...

Sydney 2008 opening night Gala

Check out the great red carpet pictures from the Opening Night Gala of Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. Photographer Belinda Rolland and Fiora Sacco.RACHEL TAYLORGILLIAN ARMSTRONG, CLARE STEWART AND ESSIE DAVISTHE CEDAR BOYS CASTGRACIE OTTO, MICHAEL FAVELLE, MATTHEW NEWTON AND BERNARD CURRYLAURA DUNDUVIC AND BROCK MCDERMOTTand more on

Full jury list for Sydney Festival new competition

The full Jury for its inaugural Official Competition.  Australian actress Essie Davis and LA film writer and critic Scott Foundas will join Jury President Gillian Armstrong, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Iranian director/writer/producer Majid Majidi. Running 4-22 June, Sydney Film Festival has opened with the one of the Official Competition films, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky.  All 12 Competition films will have a Red Carpet Premiere over the first 12 nights of the festival.All Jury membe...

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