The sixth annual Indie Gems Film Festival has announced its 2015 program, showcasing the latest independent Australian cinema from 11 to 13 September at Riverside Theatres.
Indie Gems presents film enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to see superior non-commercial cinema, curated by award-winning producer John L. Simpson, on the big screen in Western Sydney. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to meet fellow collaborators and mingle with acclaimed producers and directors via Q&A discussions following the feature films.
The Festival will kick off with the Indie Gems Opening Night Gala (a night of shorts and celebration), including the French-Australian short film A Single Body (Un Seul Corps). The film is a beautifully constructed portrait of male friendship that has received international attention and awards including Toronto International Film Festival’s Best International Short Film, and Sydney Film Festival’s Dendy Live Action Short Award.
A highlight of this year’s Festival is the powerful and moving documentary Gayby Baby, which follows the lives of four extraordinary children (including 12-year-old Parramatta resident Ebony) growing up with same-sex parents. Capturing some of the most debated contemporary issues today, the film provides a rare and intimate look at parenting through the eyes of children. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer, Charlotte Mars (ABC’s The Slap, Foxtel’s The Playground).
Audiences can also partake in a Q&A session with Australian theatre and television legend, Peter Cousens, following the screening of his first feature multi-million dollar film Freedom. Starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr, Freedom tells the true story of the Underground Railroad and of two men separated by time but united in their search for freedom.
This year’s closing night film will be the only Parramatta screening of one of Australia’s favourite love stories, Holding The Man. Premiering at Sydney Film Festival’s closing night, Holding The Man is based on Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir about his real-life romance with John Caleo. Directed by Neil Armfield (Candy) and produced by Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires), the film charts Conigrave’s 15-year romance through passion, discrimination, illness and tragedy.
Another highlight of Indie Gems is the annual student film competition that will see budding filmmakers aged 8 to 18 present short films that they have created. The competition gives young artists a chance to showcase their work on the big screen and share their talent with friends, family and industry.
Rounding out the Festival’s program will be a number of networking opportunities including a filmmaker panel discussion with producer Chloe Rickard (ABC’s Soul Mates). Rickard will be making a special announcement about a unique opportunity for filmmakers to take part in a new project from Screen Australia. The new project will be announced for the first time exclusively at Indie Gems, allowing the Festival’s audiences to be the first in line.
Indie Gems provides a rare opportunity for filmmakers and film-lovers to meet world-renowned film experts and view critically acclaimed films, celebrating the very best of independent cinema.
Dates: 11 – 13 September 2015
Bookings: From the Box Office (02) 8839 3399
Venue: Riverside Theatres, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
For a full program visit: http://www.riversideparramatta.com.au