SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AND TRANSMISSION FILMS ANNOUNCE FIRST TWO FILMS FOR INAUGURAL SFF PRESENTS

Sydney Film Festival and Transmission Films announce “Sydney Film Festival Presents”, a new initiative to promote quality cinema across Australia. Slow West and Strangerland have been named the first of the selected feature films.

Sydney Film Festival and Transmission Films will stage an innovative launch of the films at the Festival in June. To increase the footprint and accessibility of the films in Australia, Festival screenings will be followed closely by national screenings at select Palace Cinemas in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth.

“SFF Presents will be at the forefront of a new approach to reaching fans of cinema,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “Slow West and Strangerland are both great festival-quality films wider audiences will enjoy. Holding screenings across Australian capital cities immediately following Sydney Film Festival’s premiere is a wonderful new way of sharing the excitement for these films around the country.”

Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie of Transmission Films said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Sydney Film Festival to bring Strangerland and Slow West to audiences nationally in June. Strangerland is a bold and audacious debut. Slow West reinvents the modern western. These two films demand a release strategy as innovative as their storytelling, and we’re excited to be part of this initiative.”

Strangerland is Australian director Kim Farrant’s feature debut starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes. Slow West is directed by John Maclean, and stars Michael Fassbender, Australians Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn, alongside Caren Pistorius and Rory McCann.

Slow West and Strangerland received their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where Slow West won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic).

SFF Presents 2015 program:

SLOW WEST

Director: John MacLean | UK, New Zealand | 84 mins | In English
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, this darkly funny, unconventional western is both thrilling and romantic. A bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) conceals his motives from a lovelorn and naïve Scottish teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who embarks on a perilous quest to find his beloved in 1800s Colorado. Ben Mendelsohn is brilliant as a fur-clad outlaw.

STRANGERLAND

Director: Kim Farrant | Australia, Ireland | 111 mins | In English
Nicole Kidman makes a welcome return to Australian independent cinema in this striking film. The teenage children of Catherine (Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) mysteriously disappear from the outback town the family has recently settled in. When local cop Rae (Hugo Weaving) tries to solve the case, he uncovers a dark history that has repercussions for him too.

Sydney Film Festival will announce Slow West and Strangerland’s screening dates at the Festival program launch on 6 May.

Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June 2015.
The full program of 200+ films will be launched on Wednesday 6 May at 11am.
Flexipasses for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.

SFF Presents Slow West across Australia begins Thursday 4 June. SFF Presents Strangerland across Australia begins Thursday 11 June.

ABOUT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

From Wednesday 3 June to Sunday 14 June 2015, the 62nd Sydney Film Festival offers Sydneysiders 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.
Sydney Film Festival also presents an Official Competition of 12 films that vie for the Sydney Film Prize, a highly respected honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals. Previous Sydney Film Prize winners are: Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011), which went on to win an Academy Award; Heartbeats (2010); and Bronson (2009).
The Festival takes place across greater Sydney: at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Casula Powerhouse, the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall and SFF Outdoor Screen.
The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit: http://www.sff.org.au.
The 62nd Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney. The Festival’s Strategic Partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.