Cameron’s Clients Breadth of Talent on Display at This Year’s Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Film Festival has unveiled it’s full 2019 line-up; a program which showcases the talents of an array of Cameron’s clients across various areas of filmmaking. Cameron’s wishes to congratulate the following clients on their achievements.
Opening the festival on June 5th is Palm Beach, which was co-written by Joanna Murray Smith with costume design by Joanna Mae Park. The film follows a group of lifelong friends who gather to celebrate a special birthday. Bonhomie soon gives way to the messy realities of life.
Writer/ Director Ben Lawrence’s narrative-feature debut, Hearts and Bones, will have its world premiere at the festival, with sessions beginning June 15th. The film follows a war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a refugee (Andrew Luri) who discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Ben returns to the festival after his documentary-feature debut, Ghosthunter, screened at the festival last year and took home the prize for Best Australian Feature Documentary. A special Q&A with Ben and star Hugo Weaving will take place on June 16th.
Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival where it took home the Special Jury Prize, The Nightingale will also be screening at the festival. The film’s haunting design was achieved by costume designer Margot Wilson and production designer Alex Holmes. The Nightingale is an unforgettable tale of violence and retribution in which an Irish-convict, Clare, forms an uneasy alliance with a young Indigenous guide named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr, Best Young Actor award, Venice) as they set about tracking down those who have abused them.
Judy + Punch will debut on June 8th. The film re-imagines the Punch & Judy puppet show as a blackly comic feminist revenge tale starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman. The film was edited by Dany Cooper, who has a second film in this year’s line-up - Standing Up for Sunny. The latter is a charming Australian rom-com about a loner with cerebral palsy who is roped into helping a comedian overcome her shyness. Sessions begin from June 12th.
Finally, the highly anticipated Danger Close: Battle of Long Tan will also debut at the festival. The film, which was edited by Veronika Jenet, is an emotional and visceral exploration of a key battle in the Vietnam war, pitting 108 young Australian soldiers against 2500 enemy combatants. Screenings of Danger Close start from June 15th.
You can view the full program here.