Presented by Princess Cruises, the program offers audiences the ultimate Festival experience with screenings at the magnificent State Theatre, often with special filmmaker guests in attendance.
“Sydney Film Festival and Princess Cruises both provide guests with memorable escapes and meaningful experiences, so the partnership between the two could not be more fitting.” said Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises Vice President, Australia. “We are excited to bring audiences these Special Presentations, and we look forward to joining the festivities at the State Theatre.”
“One of the highlights of any Sydney Film Festival is to be dazzled, moved or totally absorbed by a crucial new work of cinema at prime time in the State Theatre,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “The Festival’s Special Presentations are some of the finest and most talked-about new films in the world today, and not to be missed,” he said.
The Festival has announced a number of award winning filmmakers and documentarians will attend in 2015 from both at home and abroad. Many of the guests are attached to Special Presentations at the State Theatre and will present their films including: Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, director of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief; Ondi Timoner, director of Brand: A Second Coming, a new documentary on Russell Brand; and Ramin Bahrani, director of the financial crash suspense thriller 99 Homes.
At home, Gillian Armstrong will present Women He’s Undressed, her documentary about Australian costume designer to Hollywood, Orry-Kelly; the film will first be screened during the Festival on-board Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, with a special blue carpet, which will be Australia’s first World Premiere on a ship. A trailer for the documentary can be seen here.
Last Cab to Darwin will be presented by Michael Caton, and director Jeremy Sims; and Academy Award-winning Emile Sherman, producer of both Slow West and Mr. Holmes will attend the Festival to present his two films.
Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June 2015. Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.