May 11th, 2016 / 14 Comments


I have been waiting patiently for this news today.  I’m so ecstatic that we will finally see Robert Pattinson in The Childhood of a Leader and the best part is that it’s in official competition.  As you know RPAU has a soft spot for this film festival. Details for the screening can be found here as well as tickets for 6pm screening on 14 June 2016 and 11.45 am 15 June 2016.  The State Theatre and Sydney Film Festival – my happiest memories ever.


I have been twirling since this tweet this morning.


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Media Release

“The 63rd Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched today by the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant.
“The NSW Government is proud to continue its support for this amazing festival; a key event that has cemented itself in Sydney’s winter entertainment calendar,” Mr Grant said. “I’m extremely pleased that these films will be seen by more and more people in regional NSW, as the Festival goes on its regional tour later this year.”

“Sydney Film Festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with attendances increasing by over 59% to 176,000, since 2011,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “In 2016 the Festival will present 244 films from 60 countries including 25 World Premieres, representing hundreds of fresh perspectives and new stories from across Australia and around the world.”

“The Festival allows audiences to explore new worlds, new perspectives and new ways of being. An exposure to unfamiliar places and ways of life is enlightening, and not only does it spark a change in our view but our whole world. This year we celebrate film’s ability to inspire new ideas and encourage new experiences,” he said.

Ivan Sen’s Goldstone features among the 12 films selected to compete for the prestigious Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 cash awarded by the Festival for courageous, audacious and cutting-edge filmmaking.  The remaining titles screening in Competition are new works from acclaimed directors: Boo Junfeng (Apprentice), Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius), Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women), Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader), Oliver Hermanus (The Endless River), Xavier Dolan (It’s Only the End of the World), Martin Zandvliet (Land of Mine), Ivo M. Ferreira (Letters From War), Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Notes on Blindness), Anurag Kashyap (Psycho Raman), and Paddy Breathnach (Viva). The winner of the Sydney Film Prize is announced at the Festival’s Closing Night Gala on Sunday 19 June. Previous winners include: Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson(2009); and Hunger (2008).


  • Sue
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    Oh God, how exciting! I need to get home to see if there is any way I can get to Sydney for this! I’m desperate to see this movie. Thanks Maria. I bet you’re twirling!!!

  • Maria
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    I’m dizzy from the excitement @Sue.

  • barbara
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    I envy those of you who will be floating into Sydney to see it. I am in a curled up ball wishing for once we were still living in Sydney,BOOhHOOO Oh woe is me.. lucky lucky sniff !sniff!

  • Carmel
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!

    Tickets bought. Excitement building. All my (and Maria’s) pondering will soon be put to rest.

  • Michelle
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    SOOOOOO EXCITING!!!!!!!! So thrilled for all who can attend. we cannot wait to hear how brilliant the film is 🙂

    I feel your pain Barbara, I won’t be able to make it to Sydney this time around. Our turn will come though. Yep let’s focus on that 🙂

  • sue
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    The things I do for Rob. I’m booked! WOO HOO!!! Of course, I’m REALLY coming to Sydney to see Vivid, right? *cough*

  • Michelle
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    *giggles* @Sue. And woooo hooooo 🙂

  • Carmel
    Posted on May 11, 2016

    @Sue- what Opera House? You are a hoot!
    Here we go again

  • barbara
    Posted on May 12, 2016

    Sweet Ladies,as I sit here feeling all boo hoo and jealous, please promise us you will give a second by second glorious report. have fun ladies grrrrrr xxxxxxxx

  • Sue
    Posted on May 12, 2016

    LOL @Carmel. It’s worth the effort just for the marital eye-roll that ALWAYS comes with it …..

  • Maria
    Posted on May 12, 2016


  • Maria
    Posted on May 12, 2016

    @Barbara we will do a discussion thread/review post and linked on the TCOAL Film page for those who don’t want spoilers 🙂

  • Julie- Sydney Robfan
    Posted on May 13, 2016

    Woohoo. So excited. My tickets are booked. It would be such a wonderful treat if Rob came out for the movie again

  • Maria
    Posted on May 13, 2016

    It would but he’s definitely not coming and neither is Brady

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