The 58th Sydney Film Festival opened on Wednesday evening with a star-filled red carpet at the State Theatre, followed by the rousing premiere of a terrific, edgy spy-thriller, Hanna, that seemed to hit exactly the right note for this special night.
Actresses Cate Blanchett, Sigrid Thornton and Phoebe Tonkin, as well as director Jane Campion, were amongst the many of Australia\’s film royalty who had braved the chilly weather to show their support for Australia\’s premiere film festival.
In her last year as festival director, Clare Stewart finally revealed her method of picking the 161 festival films: â€˜you just know the moment you fall in love with the film,\’ she saidâ€”and her method has certainly proved successful. In her five years as director, it is clear to any regular attendee that the quality of films has soared to consistent heights. The introduction of the Official Competition has helped to cement the festival\’s international standing and prestige, and the lines curling around cinema entrances (even in 10-degree weather) are testament to its revived popularity.
Cate Blanchett also took the stage, serenaded by a heated round of applause. Looking luminescent in a dusty pink Giorgio Armani suit, she was clearly just as excited by the evening\’s celebration of film, as by being the star in the opening night premiere. One can only feel inspired by her passion for our film industry; and also appreciative of having a person of her intellect, talent and beauty to be a key representative of an industry and a festival that Australians can truly be proud of.
The festival will run until June 19, and we will continue to bring you some of the more memorable moments.
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