Sydney Film Festival Full Program

Published by: Sydney Film Festival | 9-May-2019
In 2019 the Festival will present 307 films from over 55 countries including 33 World Premieres, bringing together hundreds of international and local stories. There are 112 feature films, including prize-winners from prestigious festivals around the world; and 79 documentaries tackling crucial contemporary issues, from established and upcoming documentarians. @sydneyfilmfestival #sydneyfilmfestival @sydfilmfest
The 2019 Festival opens with the World Premiere of Palm Beach, an uplifting drama/comedy from Australian director Rachel Ward. Opening Night is presented by Distinguished Partner, Lexus Australia.

Palm Beach features an all-star cast of Australian screen legends including Golden Globe-nominated icons Bryan Brown (Australia Day, SFF 2017), Sam Neill (The Daughter, SFF 2015), Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park), Greta Scacchi (The Player, SFF 1992), Jacqueline McKenzie (Romper Stomper) and Heather Mitchell (Rogue), as well as Brown and Ward's daughter Matilda Brown, playing Ella - the daughter of Bryan Brown's character Frank.

Rachel Ward, along with key cast members, will be in attendance to present their film on Opening Night. Ward will also take part in the annual Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture at the Festival Hub as part of Vivid Ideas, hosted by film critic David Stratton (Monday 10 June, 6:30pm).

In conjunction with the Australian Screen Editors, the film's producer Nick Meyers will join Dany Cooper (Judy & Punch) to discuss the role of editing in storytelling with Andrea Lang at Talking Editing at the Festival Hub (Saturday 15 June, 4:15pm), as part of Vivid Ideas.

Closing the Festival will be the Australian Premiere of a buzzy new title - soon to be announced!

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