On the Board of the Sydney Film Festival

Just finished my favourite 12 days of the year with the last night of the Sydney Film Festival. I am lucky to serve on the board of the Festival and I find great inspiration not only from the 200+ films but also the Festival Team and the 400+ volunteers – people whose passion for “films-in-cinemas” is truly incredible.

This year was made even sweeter because the past two years of Covid had been a big interruption to the Festival. But the audience returned in droves. Thank you.

A couple of my favourite films were:

Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” – strap yourself in and enjoy the ride

New Australian comedy “Seriously Red” – a woman gives up the 9 to 5 to become … a Dolly Parton impersonator. If you liked “Muriel’s Wedding”, you will love this.

Very funny UK film “Phantom of the Open” – a story about a laid-off shipyard worker who cannot play golf but ends up competing in the British Open. Completely unbelievable… except it is 100% true.

Also the paparazzi were out on the red carpet and I couldn’t control myself. Definitely think the paps were more enthusiastic when Tom Hanks came in. However many thanks to those in the photo:

Ben Franklin – NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Arts and Regional Youth (We could not put the Festival on without government funding – many thanks)

And my Festival colleagues:

Deanne Weir – Chair of the Festival
Debbie Lee – a Director of the Festival

For Sydney-siders, pop it in your calendar for June next year.

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