The Sydney Film Festival is fast approaching and the city will host the red-carpet glamour of the international and national film circuit. If you’re thinking of attending this year’s exciting program, then you’d be remiss to go past the festival’s Hub.
Serving multiple functions as a meeting place, event and performance space, The Hub is a place to relax between screenings on furniture designed by Herman Miller, pick up discounted festival tickets, peruse the film-related memorabilia on sale at the TITLE pop-up, or meet with like-minded moviegoers.
For the thirsty, there is the Festival Bar. Alternatively, Gelato Messina will be serving chilled treats until 9.30pm.
For those who come strictly to talk film, there are Program Gurus available all day until 8.30pm to guide you through this year’s program and point you in the direction of the films best suited to your tastes. Also, enjoy the informal atmosphere from 5pm with fellow film buffs at the daily Film Club run by Graffiti With Punctuation to discuss, dissect, praise and analyse, scene-by-scene, the day’s screenings.
At the Hub Downstairs (on the lower floor of the Sydney Town Hall), there are a number of free events including a film trivia night hosted by Josh Wheatley with festival tickets and other prizes up for grabs.
The Hub Upstairs will present a panel discussion on the significance of documentary filmmaking. Led by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman is will also feature UNSW professor Andrea Durbach (director of the Australian Human Rights Centre), Good Pitch2 Australia’s Malida Wink and Human Rights Watch’s Anna Neistat.
For something a little more contemplative, in conjunction with the Head On Photo Festival, Australian photographer Hugh Hamilton will exhibit a series dedicated to screen personalities such as Steve Martin, Anthony LaPaglia, Bojana Novakovic, Joel Edgerton, Zoe Carides and David Michôd, featuring objects of theirs that tell a story.
The Hub is open at Sydney Town Hall daily from June 5 to June 15. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Visit sff.org.au/public/festival-hub for more information.