Smell the popcorn. Ease yourself into one of the plush velvet seats. Watch the draped curtain slowly pull back... You’re at the movies.
It’s a simple pleasure, but one that is also our great privilege in Sydney. Many cinemas around the world have been shuttered for most of the year – closer to home, our friends in Melbourne were unable to visit theatres during their 112-day lockdown. But this summer, the movies are back and better than ever. As part of Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival has curated a range of five critically acclaimed films from Australia and around the world for an exciting summer program.
Screening at the State Theatre, it’s a homecoming of sorts after the 2020 program went online mid-year. “We are delighted to invite audiences back to the cinema after a year of devastating closures that have rocked the global film industry,” says Nashen Moodley, director of the Sydney Film Festival. “It’s vital that Sydney Film Festival support local and international filmmakers, and also the cinema experience, during this time, so it gives us great pleasure to screen these incredible films at the iconic State Theatre once more.”
Here’s our rundown on the fab five films lighting up the screen in Sydney Film Festival’s fantastic summer program. But get in quick before tickets are all gone.