Published by: Sydney Film Festival | 13-May-2019
The 66th Sydney Film Festival announces that the Festival Hub at Town Hall will be an immersive Festival experience, with FREE filmmaker talks, panels, and themed parties.
Open to the public all nights, and select days from 6-16 June, The Hub will feature a Happy Hour special at its pop up bar between 4:30pm and 6:00pm on weekdays, with drinks from Archie Rose Distilling Co., Handpicked Wines and Young Henrys. Discount tickets to Festival films ($10) can also be snapped up to selected screenings at the Hub Box Office daily.

For the first time, The Hub will screen shortlisted films from the inaugural IGTV Film Festival, presented by Instagram, Sydney Film Festival and VICE. Shot in an innovative vertical format, the films offer insight into the world of young Australians, and what the future of Australia may hold. The public are invited to attend the Instagram Lounge, where they can view finalist films and vote for a People's Choice Award. Entries are open until May 28 at

The Hub will also host photo exhibition FRAME: How Asia Pacific Feminist Filmmakers and Artists are Confronting Inequalities, recently shown at the Australian Embassy during Berlinale. A collaboration between Jane Sloane, director of The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program, US-based photographers Ariel and Sam Soto-Suver, and artistic advisor Maxine Williamson, the exhibition showcases eight Asia Pacific feminist screen creatives challenging the pervasive influence of patriarchy. Filmmakers include Sydney Film Festival Board Member Jan Chapman (Love Serenade, SFF 2019), Indigenous Australian filmmaker Erica Glynn (She Who Must Be Obeyed Loved, SFF 2019), and Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong (By the Time It Gets Dark, SFF 2018).

"The Hub is the beating heart of the Festival, alongside the filmmakers and guests, whose wide range of knowledge, skills, talents and points of view come together to create films that open a window into other worlds and experiences," said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. "The Hub will also host fantastic parties that immerse you in the world of films featured at the Festival: from a zombie jam dedicated to Jim Jarmusch's new film The Dead Don't Die, to a raucous celebration of riot grrrl punk rock after Her Smell, and a tribute to the tunes of the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, before Blinded by the Light."

"The Festival is also very excited to present the inaugural IGTV Film Festival with Instagram and VICE, and encourages visitors of The Hub to vote for their favourite innovative entry showcasing an imagined Australian future in the People's Choice Award," he said.


The FREE Festival Talks at the Festival Hub create a space for audiences, filmmakers and industry professionals to progress a dialogue about the important topics and issues of the year, addressed in Festival films.

Judy & Punch director Mirrah Foulkes, actors Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman, and producers Nash Edgerton and Michele Bennett will take part in a Meet the Filmmakers talk discussing their new feminist revenge tale (Sunday 9 June, 1:30pm).

Following the screening of his debut feature Marighella, Narcos star Wagner Moura will participate in a post-screening Extended Q&A (Sunday 9 June, 5:00pm) with film journalist Sandy George.

Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Okja, SFF 2017 Closing Night Film) will participate in a Meet the Filmmaker talk (Sunday 16 June, 2:15pm) with Festival Director Nashen Moodley after the screening of his satire on income inequality Parasite.

Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnnersmarck will engage in an Extended Q&A with film critic David Stratton discussing his approach to making his double Oscar-nominated epic Never Look Away (Tuesday 11 June, 6:15pm).

Hosted by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, The Work of Freda Glynn and Merata Mita (Friday 14 June, 8:15pm) will feature filmmakers behind She Who Must Be Obeyed Loved and Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen discussing the ground breaking work of these two trailblazers.

Six emerging women directors from Europe will participate in the public talk In Conversation: Europe! Voices of Women in Film (Sunday 9 June, 3:00pm) at the Festival Hub, discussing their experiences, and what steps towards gender parity have been made in recent years with Screen International's Sarah Ward.

The Festival will host An Audience Guide to Varda with ACMI's Kristy Matheson, curator of the Viva Varda retrospective, at the Festival Hub (Saturday 8 June, 4:30pm).

Hosted by The University of Sydney and following the screening of One Child Nation, co-director Jialing Zhang will discuss the making of her Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary (Friday 7 June, 4:00pm).

Following the Australian Premiere of Sydney-based French director Partho Sen-Gupta's Slam will be Poetry Slam in the Hub (Saturday 15 June, 4:45pm), a thrilling slam showcase featuring poets from across Sydney.

Blake Howard returns to the Festival for another live episode of One Heat Minute @ Sydney Film Festival, examining Michael Mann's 1995 crime opus Heat, minute by minute (Tuesday 11 June, 8:00pm). The podcast was included in New York Magazine/Vulture's "Top 100 Podcasts."


As part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Ideas and Sydney Film Festival present five free Filmmaker Talks.

"It is fantastic to see two of the Sydney's most loved events join forces to provide guests from around NSW, the country and the globe with the chance to hear from some of the industry's thought leaders," said Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres.

"Both Vivid Sydney and Sydney Film Festival reinforce the Harbour City's position as the creative industries hub of Asia and the Pacific, and these free Filmmaker Talks offer unique insight into the making of masterpieces such as NSW's own Palm Beach. As part of Vivid Sydney, Vivid Ideas inspires guests to think beyond the status quo and exchange thoughts about everything from tech and design to culture."

Renowned Australian director Rachel Ward will take part in the annual Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture at the Festival Hub, hosted by film critic David Stratton (Monday 10 June, 6:30pm). Ward will discuss her long and diverse career to date, including Opening Night film Palm Beach.

Australian director Ian Darling will take part in a panel on The Final Quarter (Sunday 9 June, 11:30am), hosted by Marngrook Footy Show's Shelley Ware. Darling will be joined by Indigenous and non-Indigenous media, and political and sporting commentators, to discuss the implications of this powerful film.

Following the screening of Hearts and Bones, director Ben Lawrence will discuss his debut feature alongside Hugo Weaving at a Meet the Filmmakers talk (Sunday 16 June, 11:30am) with Sydney Morning Herald's Garry Maddox.

US actor RJ Mitte (Standing Up for Sunny) and filmmakers from the Screenability Program will participate in a Meet the Filmmakers talk with Screenability Programmer Sofya Gollan at HOYTS Entertainment Quarter (Saturday 15 June, 4:00pm), discussing the importance of authentic representation in film.

In conjunction with the Australian Screen Editors, Nick Meyers (Palm Beach, SFF 2019) and Dany Cooper (Judy & Punch, SFF 2019) will discuss the role of editing in storytelling with Andrea Lang at Talking Editing at the Festival Hub (Saturday 15 June, 4:15pm).


Jim Jarmusch's Zombie Jam (Friday 14 June, 8:30pm) will celebrate the music-filled world of indie legend Jim Jarsmusch's films, including his latest The Dead Don't Die, from spooky bops to Wu-Tang Clan.

Festivalgoers can hurl themselves headfirst into the Grrrl's Punk Riot party (Sunday 9 June, 9:30pm) after the screening of Her Smell, featuring a live performance from Sydney band Good Pash.

Spinning Springsteen (Saturday 8 June, 7:30pm) will be a gloriously blue-collar celebration of Bruce Springsteen's back catalogue, before the screening of Blinded By the Light. Pull out your finest cut-off denim vest or flannel and expect back-to-back Boss tunes.

The IGTV Film Festival Party (Tuesday 11 June, 8pm) will announce the winner of the People's Choice award, a $5000 prize for the best film shot using Instagram's vertical format. Visit for competition details.

The Meet the Filmmakers: Suburban Wildlife & Sequin in a Blue Room party (Saturday 8 June, 1pm) will be an opportunity for under-25s to meet the emerging Australian filmmakers behind Suburban Wildlife and Sequin in a Blue Room. Find out how these young filmmakers got their first features off the ground, and hang around afterwards for a chat and a snack. The full Sydney Film Festival 2019 program can be found online at

Sydney Film Festival runs 5 "“ 16 June 2019. Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2019 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit for more information.

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