Arts & Entertainment

Sydney Film Festival 2014

The Rover. Still by Matt Nettheim

The 61st Sydney Film Festival promises to be bigger and better this year, screening 183 films, shorts and documentaries from 47 countries, of which 122 are Australian premieres. With attendances steadily climbing in recent years, this festival’s longevity resonates its popularity.

The SFF Official Competition is now in its 7th year and audiences can honour the winners of the best ground-breaking and cutting-edge films.

This year the SFF will screen in even more venues including the Skyline Drive-In Blacktown, which will present a special 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The vast array of provocative, controversial and entertaining films will ensure there’s something for everyone, with selected screenings also being attended by the stars of the films.

The Rover is a dark thriller set in futuristic Australia and Kumiko,The Treasure Hunter tells the haunting story of a Japanese woman’s determination to find hidden treasure.

Fell is the story of revenge and redemption and horror enthusiasts will enjoy Fish & Cat, a slasher film from Iran. Science fiction fans will be captivated by Snowpiercers, a film about sole survivors who reside on a train after the Earth freezes over.

The opening and closing night extravaganzas, after parties, exhibitions, public talks, live performances and 25 free events highlight that this festival has thrived into Sydney’s biggest cultural event. (MM)

June 4-15, various venues incl. State Theatre, 49 Market St; Event Cinemas, 500-525 George St; Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, 380 Military Rd;  Sydney Film Festival Hub at Town Hall, 483 George St; $19.50-145 (10 film pass),

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