Sydneysiders will get a double-barrel chance for a sneak peek at movies in the 2012 Sydney Film Festival program at the City’s libraries in May. Incoming Sydney Film Festival director, Nashen Moodley, will launch the festival at Customs House Library on 9 May, while Festival programmer Richard Kuipers will lead a taster event at Surry Hills Library (pictured, top) on 24 May.
The Surry Hills evening will showcase snippets from some of the freakiest films on the program for this year’s festival, which will run from 6-17 June.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said, “The festival screens a huge program of exceptional films from around the world, the challenge is working out which of the more than 150 films and 250 screenings to see. I hope these taster events at Customs House and Surry Hills libraries make the decision easier.”
Festival director Nashen Moodley said: “We have put together a program of fascinating films for this year’s Sydney Film Festival and I look forward to presenting it to the public at Customs House Library on Wednesday, 9 May. From some of the best, prize-winning films from the world’s most prestigious film festivals, to some wonderful lesser known titles, this year’s selection really does have something for everyone. I’m also looking forward to spending time at Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall - our brand new SFF venue – which promises to be a centre for filmmakers and festival-goers alike.”
This year, for the first time, Sydney Town Hall will act as the Sydney Film Festival Hub, with free exhibitions, screenings, talks, panels, parties, live music, performances, cheap tickets and DJs from 5 to 10pm each night.
The Hub, from 7-17 June, will be located in Lower Town Hall, and will feature a headline exhibition by Italian-born photographer Fabrizio Maltese, who has captured dozens of the world’s best stars and directors of the silver screen, including Sofia Coppola, Helena Bonham Carter and Jeff Bridges.
2012 Sydney Film Festival public program launch:
Wednesday 9 May
Customs House Library
31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Free; call 02 9242 8555
Freak Me Out
Thursday 24 May
Surry Hills Library
405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Free, call 02 8374 6230
Sydney Film Festival Hub
Thursday 7 June-Sunday 17 June
Lower Town Hall
483 George Street, Sydney
Free; for more information visit sff.org.au
For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/library