What Keeps You Alive

Sydney Film Festival partnership to thrill film lovers

18 May 2018
University of Sydney cinephiles rejoice
64 years and thousands of films since the first Sydney Film Festival was held at its Camperdown campus, the University of Sydney will return to support the event as an Education Partner in 2018.

With events programed across the CBD and greater Sydney, film buffs will be offered the choice of 250 movies from across the globe, along with a vibrant program of talks, screenings and special events featuring University of Sydney academics, leading filmmakers, directors and actors.

“The very first Sydney Film Festival was held on the campus of the University of Sydney in 1954 and has grown to become an iconic feature of our city’s cultural calendar,” said Professor Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

“We are proud to continue our support of such a provocative and innovative event.”

The Field Guide to Evil will be screened as part of Freak Me Out. Image: The Festival Agency

The Field Guide to Evil will be screened as part of Freak Me Out. Image: The Festival Agency

2018 program

Senior film lecturer Dr Bruce Isaacs will guide audiences on a seven-film journey through the wild, weird and plain spooky horror genre, as part of the Freak Me Out program.

“We’re thrilled to be presenting the ‘Freak Me Out’ program at this year’s Sydney Film Festival,” said Dr Isaacs. “It is mix of horror and cult cinema and speaks to everything that fascinates us about the movies.”

He will also be joined by recent PhD graduate Dr Olivia Oliver-Hopkins and guest programmer Richard Kuipers for the panel discussion Obsessed With Horror on 16 June to debate and defend their love of horror cinema.

Students will also be offered the opportunity to intern throughout the Festival’s program, a unique chance to get up close to the film industry’s best and brightest.

The Sydney Film Festival partnership forms part of the University's exciting collaborations with leading cultural events across Sydney including the Sydney Writers' Festival and TEDxSydney.

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