We’re Off to The 58th Sydney Film Festival

| 7 June , 2011 | Reply

Keeva Stratton

From Wednesday evening\’s glamour-filled premiere of Hanna, where Cate Blanchett and a bevy of Australia\’s finest film personalities will walk the carpet, and throughout all 11 days of Official Competition, Sassi Sam will be theatre-side, taking you through the best, most beautiful and bizarre moments of the 58th Sydney Film Festival.

Covering 161 films from 42 countries, the Sydney Film Festival has become an annual highlight for Australian filmgoers, and has become much-loved event on the world cinema calendar. Twelve films will compete this year in the Official Competition, including Australian Julia Leigh\’s directorial debut Sleeping Beauty.

Festival highlights will no doubt include the fun-filled premiere of Kung-Fu Panda 2, with a red carpet that is set to feature Hollywood stars Lucy Liu and Jack Black; the Australian premiere of Terrence Mallick\’s The Tree of Life (also in Official Competition), starring Brad Pitt; and the world premiere of John Winter\’s Black & White & Sex, which promises to set the record straight on love, seduction and power.

Sassi\’s pick-of-the-festival-flicks include the following five must-see movies:

Hanna: Joe Wright\’s much-anticipated spy drama Hanna, stars Australia\’s own Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

Sleeping Beauty: Starring Emily Browning, this daring drama sees Australian novelist Julia Leigh (under the mentoring of Jane Campion) make her filmmaking debut with this twisted erotic take on the classic fairy tale.

Norwegian Wood: based on Haruki Murakami\’s enchanting bestseller, Norwegian Wood promises to tackle tragedy, love and life\’s lyrical nature with whimsical aplomb.

Tabloid: a gripping documentary that unveils the scary side of obsession.

Jane Eyre: Starring Mia Wasikowska and Judy Dench, this is Charlotte Bronte beautifully re-imagined for a modern audience.

The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 8 to 19.  For tickets and screening times, visit: http://www.sff.org.au/


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