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Sydney Film Festival – Free Expert Talks

 

EXPERT TALKS: The Cinema According to Bertolucci

Screening of Gianni Amelio’s 1976 documentary followed by a discussion with scholar and Italian cinema specialist Dr Andrea Rizzi.
Gianni Amelio’s fascinating documentary The Cinema According to Bertolucci  imaginatively explores the making of Bertolucci’s political epic, 1900. Amelio interviews Bertolucci between takes from key scenes featuring Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Donald Sutherland, as the director explains his desire to “speak of the land where [he] was born and the most formative time of [his] life.” In a memorable on-set interview, a Hemingway-esque Sterling Hayden, dressed in character as peasant patriarch Leo Dalcò and sporting a complexion like ‘overcooked bread’ (according to his director), poetically ruminates on the ‘beauty, depth and mystery’ of Bertolucci’s filmmaking process. It’s ‘probably the most probing and intimate record of Bertolucci at work,’ according to Cinehouse UK.

Join us for a free screening at the Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall!

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FREE

Friday 15 June, 5-7pm

Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)

 

EXPERT TALKS: Fabrizo Maltese, Confessions of a Festival Photographer

Thursday 7 June, 6-6.30pm

Photographer Fabrizio Maltese talks about his travels to the world’s most prestigious film festivals to shoot intimate, one-on-one portraits, capturing actors and directors when they play themselves… or pretend to.

 

Full of juicy anecdotes and fascinating insights, this talk by Fabrizio Maltese is the perfect introduction to his new exhibition Role / Play, which bring portraits of some of the world’s most talented actors and directors to the Festival Hub for 11 days only.

 

Anand Patwardhan and Tom Zubrycki

Friday 8 June, 6-7:30pm

Hear Indian director Anand Patwardhan (Jai Bhim Comrade) in conversation with acclaimed Australian documentary filmmaker Tom Zubrycki.

 

Anand Patwardhan has been making political documentaries for three decades, pursuing diverse and controversial issues at the crux of social and political life in India. Many of his films were banned by state television channels in India, Patwardhan successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court. Interviewing Anand Patwardhan is Tom Zubrycki, who has earned an international reputation for his substantial and widely-respected body of Australian documentaries, tackling diverse issues from immigration and racial prejudice to civil unrest and unionism. Presented in association with the Australian Directors Guild and OzDox.

 

EXPERT TALKS: Stephen Maing in conversation with Joost den Hartog

Saturday 9 June, 5-6pm

Catch filmmaker Stephen Maing in conversation with Joost den Hartog, Executive Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC). Stephen Maing is a Korean-American filmmaker and artist based in New York. He is the director of several award-winning short films, as well as co-producer and editor of the feature documentary Lioness. He received a 2009 Creative Promise Award Honorable Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Independent Film Festival of Boston. Stephen brings to Sydney Film Festival his new feature documentary shot in China, High Tech, Low Life, which looks at decentralized media and the conflict between personal and political identity.

 

Before joining AIDC, Joost den Hartog was the producer of the Forum for International Co-Financing in Amsterdam. He also worked for the Toronto Documentary Forum and has been involved with AIDC since 2005, first as marketplace coordinator and since 2006 as Executive Director.

 

Stephen Maing‘s attendance at the festival is made possible by the support of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)

 

EXPERT TALKS: AFTRS Presents Five Films for an Alien

Sunday 10 June, 6-7:30pm

What if you had to explain cinema to someone from another planet using only five films as examples? Which films would you pick, and why? Directors Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) and Bruce Beresford (Mao’s Last Dancer), screenwriter John Collee (Happy Feet) and Screen Australia CEO Dr. Ruth Harley share their picks in an entertaining panel moderated by AFTRS Head of Screen Studies, Karen Pearlman.

 

EXPERT TALKS: Oliver Hermanus and Tony Krawitz

Monday 11 June, 6-7:30pm

Catch South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus (Beauty) in conversation with acclaimed Australian director Tony Krawitz (Dead Europe).

 

Oliver Hermanus studied film at the University of Cape Town, UC Santa Barbara and the London Film School. His debut feature Shirley Adams appeared at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009 and has subsequently been screened in over a dozen countries (including SFF2010). His new film Beauty premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm.

 

Interviewing Oliver Hermanus is acclaimed Australian director Tony Krawitz (Jewboy, The Tall Man). His latest film Dead Europe premieres in Official Competition at SFF. Presented in association with the Australian Directors Guild.

 

EXPERT TALKS: Shadowcatchers: Panel and Book Signing

Tuesday 12 June, 7-8pm

Listen to award-winning cinematographers including Andrew Commis (Mabo), Anna Howard (South Solitary, SFF 2010), Danny Ruhlmann (Little Fish) and Peter James (Mao’s Last Dancer) – share their experience of working in a digital environment, in a panel chaired by Erika Addis from AFTRS.

 

Author Martha Ansara and featured cinematographers will be signing copies of the Australian Cinematographers Society’s newly published photographic book The Shadowcatchers: A History of Australian Cinematography.

 

EXPERT TALKS: The Cinema According to Bertolucci

Friday 15 June, 5-7pm

The free screening of Gianni Amelio’s 1976 documentary is followed by a discussion with scholar and Italian cinema specialist Dr. Andrea Rizzi.
Gianni Amelio’s fascinating documentary The Cinema according to Bertolucci imaginatively explores the making of Bertolucci’s political epic, 1900 and screens in SFF’s Bertolucci retrospective. Amelio interviews Bertolucci between takes from key scenes featuring Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Donald Sutherland, as the director explains his desire to ‘speak of the land where [he] was born and the most formative time of [his] life.’ In a memorable on-set interview, a Hemingway-esque Sterling Hayden, dressed in character as peasant patriarch Leo Dalcò and sporting a complexion like ‘overcooked bread’ (according to his director), poetically ruminates on the ‘beauty, depth and mystery’ of Bertolucci’s filmmaking process. It’s ‘probably the most probing and intimate record of Bertolucci at work,’ according to Cinehouse UK.

 

Join us for a free screening at the Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall!

 

EXPERT TALKS: Interactive Storytelling: The Shape of Things to Come

Friday 15 June, 7-8.30pm

New digital technologies are transforming the way content producers are writing, producing and delivering new work, opening up exciting opportunities for interactive storytelling. Discover how Australian artists, documentary makers and producers are harnessing these new possibilities to create innovative transmedia stories and interactive web documentaries. Get the lowdown on the latest trends and sneak a peek at some truly groundbreaking work.

 

The panel is chaired by Mike Jones, AFTRS screen studies lecturer (and Head of Story at Portal Entertainment).

 

Panelists include:

 

–          Mike Cowap, Investment Manager, Screen Australia

–          Nick Doherty, Managing Editor, SBS Online

–          Anna Grieve, producer (Croker Island Exodus, screening in SFF’s 2012 FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize competition;  Big Stories Small Town)

–          Julia Scott-Stevenson, writer, documentary programmer and filmmaker

–          Justin Wight2012 Rasmussen Award winner for Double Happy vs. The Infinite Sadness


EXPERT TALKS: The Future of the Cinema Experience

Saturday 16 June, 7-8.30pm

Will cinemas go the way of the video store? Will our attention span shrink along with the size of screens? Will 3D, 4D or 48fps save the cinema experience? How will we engage with cinema in the future and what’s at stake for? If the diversity of what’s on our screens is under threat, is there an opportunity to redefine cinephilia as a form of activism or resistance? Join our panel of film buffs and practitioners as we explore the evolving ways in which we view, experience, share and discuss cinema.

 

The panel will be chaired by Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso.  You’ll also hear from:

–          Kleber Mendonça Filho, writer, programmer and filmmaker (SFF Official Competition film Neighbouring Sounds)

–          Boyd Van Hoeij, film critic and SFF Official Competition jury member

–          Richard Sowada, Head of Film Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image

–          Alice Tynan, film critic and host of Friday on My Mind at AFTRS


 

EXPERT TALKS: Introducing the 2012 Dendy Awards Filmmakers

Sunday 17 June, 2-4pm

Metro Screen presents a panel discussion featuring the diverse group of Dendy Awards finalists, who will share their experiences and discuss current trends at the vanguard of Australia’s short-film industry.

 

Speakers are: Billie Pleffer (B I N O), Martha Goddard (Dance Me to the End of Love), Alethea Jones (Dave’s Dead), Mirrah Foulkes (Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke), Matthew Moore (Julian), Darcy Prendergast (Rippled), Marieka Walsh (The Hunter), Christopher Kezelos (The Maker), Grant Scicluna (The Wilding) and Michael Spiccia (Yardbird).

 

Festival Hub is programmed by Mathieu Ravier, director of The Festivalists, the non-profit company behind Sydney events such Jurassic Lounge, Possible Worlds Film Festival and Kino Sydney. www.thefestivalists.com

 

 

ABOUT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Sydney Film Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animations across the city at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays and the Art Gallery of NSW. The festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit http://www.sff.org.au

 

The 59th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia, and the City of Sydney. The festival’s Strategic partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.

 

What: Sydney Film Festival

When: 6-17 June, 2012

Tickets & Info: 1300 733 733 www.sff.org.au

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