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NSW filmmaking talent at 64th Sydney Film Festival

We Don't Need A Map, directed by Warwick Thornton. Image provided by Create NSW

Create NSW funded filmmakers are strongly represented at 2017’s Sydney Film Festival with 11 titles spanning feature films, documentaries, a short and a television series programmed for the event, including the opening night film We Don’t Need A Map, directed by Warwick Thornton.

The Go-Betweens: Right Here, directed by Kriv Stenders, is the first film funded under the Create NSW and ABC TV Arts Documentary Feature initiative. One arts documentary feature a year, for three years, will be funded and will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, before screening on ABC TV.

Other documentaries to screen are Erica Glynn’s In My Own Words, Hollie Fifer’s The Opposition, Tom Zubrycki’s Hope Road and Su Goldfish’s autobiographical The Last Goldfish.

Create NSW has also supported three feature films premiering at the Festival – Rip Tide, directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg, Better Watch Out, directed by Chris Peckover, and Ali’s Wedding, directed by Jeffrey Walker. Short film The Milky Pop Kid, from director Johanna Garvin is part of the Screenability program which profiles work produced by artists living with disability.

In addition, the first two episodes of series two of the internationally acclaimed television series, Cleverman, directed by Wayne Blair, will also screen at the Festival.

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey congratulated all NSW filmmakers whose films have been selected for the Festival.

“We are extremely proud to be involved with such an exciting line up of NSW screen talent featuring at the Sydney Film Festival. Reflecting the diversity and talent in our industry, we will see three NSW-based Indigenous directors, including one woman, have their work premiered at the Festival, alongside a new feature from an exciting young female director, Rhiannon Bannenberg, and a truly multicultural story in Ali’s Wedding.

“As well as a strong presence of female directors in 2017’s documentaries and shorts, the program also features the next work from one of our most acclaimed documentary makers, Tom Zubrycki and two new films from the talented Kriv Stenders. There is a lot to look forward to during the festival and we are excited about future prospects for NSW filmmakers.

“On the closing night of the Sydney film Festival we will award the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award to a trailblazing NSW screen practitioner, whose work stands for innovation imagination, and high impact. We’re excited about bringing highlights of the festival to nine regional NSW areas as part of the Travelling Film Festival in July 2017,” Mr Brealey said.

Source: Create NSW

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