The 63rdSydney Film Festival openedon 8 June 2016 at the State Theatre with the world premiere of Australian filmGoldstone.
Festival Director Nashen Moodley was pleased to open his fifth Festival to a packed auditorium including; the film’s director Ivan Sen; producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin; actors Aaron Pedersen, David Gulpilil, Michelle Lim Davidson, and Tom E. Lewis.
Goldstone is the fourth feature by award-winning filmmaker Ivan Sen and stars Aaron Pedersen who reprises his role of Indigenous detective Jay Swan, who audiences first met in Sen’s Mystery Road, which opened Sydney Film Festival in 2013.
Shot on location in the remote settlement of Middleton (population 3) in outback western Queensland, the film is a gathering of some of the best Australian actors, including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis. Other attendees from the Goldstone cast included:Ivan Sen (director), David Jowsey (producer), Greer Simpkin (producer), Aaron Pedersen (cast) and Max Cullen (cast).
Other attendees included: Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Hugo Weaving (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Sam Neill (The Daughter – SFF2015), John Jarrett (Wolf Creek), Michael Caton (Last Cab to Darwin– SFF2015), Bryan Brown (Beautiful Kate), Damian Walsh-Howling (MESSiAH – SFF2016 & Mystery Road SFF2014), Matt Day (Rake), Daniel MacPherson (TV Presenter) Stephen Sewell (Embedded), David Stratton OAM, Margaret Pomeranz AM, Jan Chapman AO, Gillian Armstrong (Women He’s Undressed – SFF2015), Bruce Spence (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Zoe Carides (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Tasma Walton (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman), Tysan Towney (Cleverman), Clayton Jacobsen(Kenny), Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake),Simon Field (SFF Official Competition Jury Chair), Grainne Humphreys (SFF Official Competition Jury), Robert Connolly (SFF Official Competition Jury & The Boys), Troy Grant, (Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Racing), Alex Greenwich (MP).
Sydney Film Festival runs 8 – 19 June 2016.
Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2016 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.