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Paul Bugeja is a writer, editor, screenwriter and (sometimes) actor-director. His passions (read: obsessions) include sport, film, the arts and politics. With several books under his belt and a variety of other writing projects on the go, sitting as the Editor-in-Chief at the Big Smoke is his chance to bust out even further his geeky love of the written word and be part of an uber-cool new spot in the digpubsphere©

Smoke Puff: Michod’s “The Rover” features @ 2014 Sydney Film Festival

Wednesday saw the launch of the 2014 Sydney Film Festival (SFF), one of the highlights of Sydney’s arts and culture calendar, with David Michod’s next feature The Rover front and centre.

SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “Sydney Film Festival has gone from strength to strength over recent years, with attendances increasing over 23 percent since 2011 to 143,000.

“SFF not only presents the best films from across the country and around the world, but we also open up dialogue between the creators and audiences and curators and critics alike, in every direction and combination. Together in a crowded theatre, comedies are funnier, horror films are scarier and tender moments bring tears more readily; everything we feel is amplified by the power of the shared experience.”

One of the highlights of SFF 2014 will no doubt be the much-anticipated screening of award-winning Australian writer-director Michod’s The Rover.

Michod, famous for his brilliant underword feature Animal Kingdom, has brought together Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson to star in The Rover, a futuristic thriller set in a near future of social and economic decay in a world Michod has created to mirror in some ways the territorial gold rushes of the 19th century. Take a peak at the trailer…

Michod, Pearce and Pattinson will all appear at the State Theatre on June 7 for the screening of The Rover.

SFF 2014 will screen 183 titles from 47 countries, and will include 15 World Premieres, 122 Australian Premieres and six International Premiers. Films will be screened right across the city at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne and the Art Gallery of NSW.

But – get this. There will be a special 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Skyline Drive-in, Blacktown.

And the team @TBS (OK, that means me actually cause I can’t really see anyone else @TBS wanting to get down and dirty with a slasher classic) defo wanna go and watch one of the greatest slashers of our times! BOOH YEAH, SEEYA THERE.

And at the heart of SFF is “The Hub”, which includes the Festival Bar and Herman Miller and Living Edge Lounge, a Discount Ticket Booth, savvy Program Gurus, a delicious Gelato Messina cart, a TITLE Pop-Up Store, a vintage Foxtel Movies photo and video Booth, an informal daily Film Club, an exclusive collection of iconic American Eames furniture, the Hugh Hamilton Rosebud photographic exhibition, a not-to-be-missed Viewmaster Experience by artist Vladimir, a series of Illustrated Talks and Panels as well as a Girl Rock Riot dance party, Cinema Burlesque and much more.

For a full up-to-date schedule of events at Festival Hub, hit sff.org.au


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