I was delighted to help launch of the 2014 Sydney Film Festival at Customs House. Now in its 61st year, the festival is one of the world's oldest continuously running film festivals and one of the most iconic festivals in Sydney's annual arts calendar.
This year's program reflects the preoccupations and debates of our times - the right for same sex couples to marry, women's rights and cultural oppression, the parlous state of our environment, the devastation of war and Australia's colonial legacies. It pushes the boundaries with stories of love, loss, family and fear from emerging Australian writers and directors as well as international names and crowd favourites. In total, this year's festival will feature over 180 films from more than 45 countries - one of its most ambitious and diverse programs to date.
The City of Sydney is a long-time supporter of the Sydney Film Festival, and this year we are pleased to be working more closely than ever with festival organisers to bring Sydneysiders and visitors 12 days of entertainment and inspiration. Once again, Sydney Town Hall will play host to the Sydney Film Festival Hub, the perfect place for festivalgoers to gather pre- and post-screenings. The hub will feature an exciting program of performances, exhibitions and talks, along with a bar, pop-up store and free Wi-Fi.
The festival runs from 4-15 June and the full program can be found here.