For the third year running, Sydney Film Festival’s program includes screenings at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, a historic and beautifully restored Art Deco cinema in Cremorne. In total, the Orpheum will screen 26 sessions of the best films world cinema has to offer from 3-14 June.
Orpheum Managing Director Paul Dravet is very excited about it: “On behalf of all movie buffs, I am thrilled at the opportunity to see so many movies in this year’s Sydney Film Festival in the lush, beautiful and historic Picture Palace setting of the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne,” he said.
Here’s a snapshot of all the films premiering at the Orpheum. Tickets are flying out the door, so act quickly to make sure you don’t miss out!
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
WED 3 JUN 6:30 PM
Based on the Thomas Hardy novel, this is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a fiercely independent young woman who attracts three very different and determined suitors, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen.
THU 4 JUN 6:00 PM
Mia Wasikowska shines as Emma Bovary in this newest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s debut novel. After marrying a humble doctor, Emma tries to escape the boredom through a series of affairs and profligate spending.
THE PRICE OF FAME
THU 4 JUN 8:35 PM
Based on true events, this is the hilarious and touching story of the theft of Charlie Chaplin’s corpse. When two desperate men steal the actor’s body and hold it ransom, things take an unpredictable turn.
FRI 5 JUN 6:20 PM
The debut feature from talented Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante, The Volcano follows Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, who lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation just beneath an active volcano in Guatemala.
FRI 5 JUN 8:30 PM
The incomparable Lily Tomlin stars as the titular character, but she’s no ordinary granny. She’s a foul-mouthed, stony-broke, gay poet, who’s out to help her troubled granddaughter in Paul Weitz’s charming comedy-drama.
BEST OF ENEMIES
SAT 6 JUN 4:00 PM
The infamous 1968 televised clash between left-leaning novelist Gore Vidal and conservative author William F. Buckley, Jr. is the subject of this entertaining doco from Robert Gordon and Oscar-winner Morgan Neville.
THE CROW’S EGG
SAT 6 JUN 6:00 PM
Dubbed the new Slumdog Millionaire, this is a funny, charming South Indian tale of two mischievous, resourceful brothers from a Chennai slum who become determined to taste pizza for the very first time.
SAT 6 JUN 8:30 PM
Nicole Kidman makes a welcome return to Australian independent cinema in this striking film about the disappearance of her two teenaged children, and the cop (Hugo Weaving) who tries to solve the case.
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION
SUN 7 JUN 4:30 PM
Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke directs this engaging portrait of classical pianist, Seymour Bernstein, which introduces the delightful New York octogenarian’s philosophical approach to music, fame and artistic integrity.
THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS
SUN 7 JUN 6:25 PM
With this quasi-documentary, acclaimed Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky goes back to basics for a beguiling and gently immersive portrait of a man leaving behind his remote northern Russian community.
SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY
SUN 7 JUN 8:35 PM
Peter Bogdanovich (What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon) returns with a star-studded screwball comedy/romance featuring Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans and a cameo by Quentin Tarantino.
LISTEN TO ME MARLON
MON 8 JUN 4:00 PM
This doco is a fresh, fascinating portrait of Marlon Brando, crafted from Brando’s personal archive of previously unseen footage and including hundreds of hours of unheard audio tapes.
MON 8 JUN 6:15 PM
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, this darkly funny and unconventional Western is both thrilling and romantic. With brilliant performances by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
TUE 9 JUN 6:30 PM
During America’s 2008 housing crisis, a desperate construction worker (Andrew Garfield) reluctantly accepts a job with the ruthless real estate broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him and his family from their home.