The countdown is on to the 71st Sydney Film Festival (SFF) – 11 days and nights of movie premieres and events that take over the city’s cinemas and theatres. This year’s program includes a first look at Austin Butler’s latest crime-thriller The Bikeriders.

Butler stars alongside Jody Comer (Killing Eve) and Tom Hardy in the stylish and gritty story of an American bikie club. SFF director Nashen Moodley told Broadsheet it was like “the Goodfellas of bikies,” adding that the film had “wonderful performances” by the Hollywood cast.

The Bikeriders will have its Australian premiere at 7.45pm on Thursday June 6 at Sydney’s State Theatre. Butler will introduce the film, walk the red carpet and engage in an audience Q&A.

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The American actor is the latest high-profile guest to be announced for SFF. Others include filmmakers Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors), Gracie Otto (Seriously Red), Matthias Glasner (Dying – winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin), Peter Weir (The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society), and members of Midnight Oil for the opening night film, Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line.

sff.org.au