Sydney Film Festival Gets Wooed

Legendary Director To Attend Australian Premiere

by | May 19, 2009 | Comments

Legendary Hong Kong action director John Woo (Face/Off, Hard Boiled) will walk the red carpet at this year’s Sydney Film Festival for the Australian premiere of his latest feature, Red Cliff, on June 9.

Red Cliff joins a host of big premieres at this year’s SFF. Opening with the latest from British director Ken Loach, Looking For Eric, on June 2, the festival will showcase the Australian premieres of new work from French provocateur Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard), indie stylist Steven Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience) and American auteur Jim Jarmusch (The Limits of Control). Plus, the dazzling new 3D stop-motion feature from Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, Coraline, will make its Australian debut. Star Teri Hatcher will appear on the red carpet to accompany the premiere.

The festival also highlights new Australian work from Rachel Ward (Beautiful Kate), debut director Andrew Lancaster (Accidents Happen)and Khoa Do (Missing Water).

Of course, that’s just the surface. For a full program list – which includes some excellent retrospectives – head over to the Sydney Film Festival’s website

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