Sydney Film Festival Announces First Films For 2015

By April 24, 2015 Events
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The 62nd Sydney Film Festival has announced 27 new films that will feature in this year’s event, revealed in advance of the full program launch of 200+ films on Wednesday 6 May.

From Wednesday 3 June to Sunday 14 June 2015, the Sydney Film Festival offers Sydney-siders another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, red-carpet openings, panel discussions, international guests and more. Each year the Festival’s programming team curates 12 days of cinema sourced from world-famous film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Berlinale as well as Australia’s finest local productions.

Leading titles announced in the festival’s sneak peek are Australian-Irish thriller Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving; Slow West, a new twist on the classic western starring Michael Fassbender. Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen as a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes, obsessing over his last unsolved case and the surreal pitch-black comedy, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.

True stories on offer include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney’s shocking exposé of that movement’s sway over Hollywood. Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic starring John Cusack and Paul Dano and The Look of Silence, the highly anticipated follow up to Joshua Oppenheimer’s phenomenal The Act of Killing (SFF 2013).

“This preview gives you a picture of the depth and breadth of the range of features and documentaries you will discover in our full program.” says Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

The full Sydney Film Festival program will be announced on Wednesday 6 May at 11am.

Flexipasses and subscriptions to Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now.

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