For the first time ever, the Sydney Film Festival is going underground. Lower Town Hall will become the Hub for the SFF during its run. What does that entail? Only exhibitions, live music, seminars, performances, parties, DJs and a cavalcade of screenings! Created and curated by the Festivalists, those brilliant minds behind the Jurassic Lounge and Kino Sydney, the Hub will provide the SFF with an electric, eclectic arena for festival-goers to congregate and celebrate all things entertainment. Oh, yeah, and it’s all free. Music. To. Our. Ears. Lower Town Hall, corner of George & Druitt Sts, Sydney 2000. 02 9265 9189. www.sff.org.au. FREE. Open 7-16 Jun, 5-10pm.
Here are our five Hub highlights:
For those who are sick of seeing their favourite film stars in motion, Paris-based freelance photographer Fabrizio Maltese presents a compelling series of large-scale photographic portraits. Michael Fassbender, Willem Dafoe and Woody Allen are among the subjects of this dynamic exhibit.
Jun 7-16, 5-10pm.
Done indulging your eyes? Give your ears a turn. Every night of the Hub sees a different live performer tearing up the stage, kicking off with the un-missable film/TV/YouTube mash-up work of DJ Tom Loud. Also a must-see: The Fabergettes’ saucy, savage spin on the ’60s girl group.
Jun 7-15, 8.30-10pm.
You arrive late to the cinema, you wait for the DVD, but try as you might, you can’t avoid movie trailers. Experts in the field, Marc Fennell, Nick Hayden and Nick McDougall irreverently dissect the art and method of the trailer in our pick of the Hub’s talks.
Thu Jun 14, 7.30-8.30pm.
This bold live performance answers the question, “What if cult films were recast with only burlesque stars” The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pulp Fiction are among those getting the makeover.
Sat Jun 9, 8.30-10pm.
AFTRS Alumni Retrospective
The Australian Film Television and Radio School presents a variety of short films, showcasing the early work of high-profile graduates including Jane Campion and Cate Shortland. Kind of like an artsy before they were famous. Wed Jun 13, 6-7.30pm.