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Talks, music, parties and a place to unwind between screenings

A bar, a food pit stop, a podium for panellists, a video art gallery, a lounge to discuss any of the films from this year's huge line-up – the Sydney Film Festival Hub is a pop-up venue designed to fit the fancy of every participant, whether or not they plan to see a movie. The hub is split into two levels: the upstairs locations host all the free talks while the downstairs will morph between different entertainment areas.

Here's what's going down:

The Hub Downstairs
Opening Night 
Gather your friends and family to break in the festival with film trivia at 8.30pm, hosted by The Roast's Mark Humphries and Duncan McLean. Then at 10.15pm, get into character and get dancing with DJs Fox Force Five, who will play sounds of the cinema from Bond tunes to songs from Boogie Nights8.30pm. Free. Thu Jun 4.

Mercy Me! 
Wouldn't it be nice if we could have more Beach Boys in the world? For at least one night, we can. Head over after the screening of the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy and ride the wave as DJs and live bands transform the hub into a sun-kissed hot spot from the '60s. 8.30pm. Free. Mon Jun 7.  

The Vinyl Lounge
The National Film and Sound Archive's Thorsten Kaeding caters to all the vinyl fiends out there by spinning rare records from the collection. Extra-proud vinyl owners are free to bring their own discs to be played for the crowds. 8.30pm. Free. Tue Jun 8.  

Live from the Golden Stage
Request a song from any of your favourite cult film music scores at the Golden Stage and the hosts will interpret and re-fashion it into their own melodious creations. 8.30pm. Free. Thu Jun 10.

Video Killed the Radio Star: Rage vs FBi Radio
The music video and radio stations go head-to-head with DJ battles and panel talks to see what today's crowds want. Rage brings music videos from prolific filmmakers such as Jonathan Glazer, Kathryn Bigelow and David Lynch, while FBi Shortcuts hosts Matt Roden and Time Out Sydney Arts & Culture Editor Dee Jefferson lead the discussion. 8.30pm. Free. Sat Jun 12. 

Studio 54 Uncut 
This disco party celebrating 54: The Director's Cut lets you bust out your favourite '70s hustles and pretend you're part of the historic hijinks at the legendary club. 9pm. Free. Sun Jun 13.

The Hub Upstairs - Treasury Room Talks
The short chats are back again as various film academics from the University of Sydney share their expertise in 15-minute bites. 3-4.30pm. Free. Sat Jun 6.

The History of Animation
Sydney Film Festival programmer and animation researcher Malcolm Turner relays a 100-year journey of Australia's animation history. 5-6pm. Free. Sat Jun 6.

Horror Tragic Talkfest
Get gory and scared with Freak Me Out programmer Richard Kuipers and scream flick producer Ant Timpson  discuss all things horror. 6.15-7.15pm. Free. Sun Jun 7.

Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture: Jan Chapman & David Stratton in Conversation
The inimitable Stratton interviews Jan Chapman, arguably one of Australia's most well-respected and successful film producers. The two will go through Chapman's impressive Oscar-nodded oeuvre includingThe PianoBright Star and Lantana. 4pm. Free. Mon Jun 8.

Refugees on Screen
After the showing of Freedom Stories, a documentary that profiles Middle Eastern refugees, OzDox will host a roundtable looking at how Australia's screen stories represent refugees. Panelists include Ruth Hessey, Steven Thomas, Alana Alias, Freedom Stories' Mustafa Jawadi, Guido Conzales, Tom Zubrycki and Ronana Sharkey. 6.30-7.30pm. Free. Mon Jun 8.

The Making of
Director Jennifer Peedom and producers Bridget Ikin and john Smithson unpack the behind-the-scenes work of their Sydney Film Festival documentary. 6.30-7.30pm. Free. Tue Jun 9.

Film Festivals Australia Monthly Catch-up at the Hub
The group dedicated to creating specialised film festivals run through the processes of making these events and how filmmaking has changed in the industry. 7-8pm. Free. Wed Jun 10.

Why Do We Need to Engage with Difficult Films?
ABC Radio National host and film critic Jason di Rosso muses on the vexing question with fellow critics Margaret Pomeranz, Jack Sargeant and Sarinah Masukor. 6-7pm. Free. Thu Jun 11.

Human Rights Watch
After the screening of his latest film The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer beams down to Sydney via Skype to discuss the movie's ideas. He is joined by Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono.
8-8.30pm. Free. Thu Jun 11.

Can Documentaries Change the World?
Returning by popular demand, the talk explores more on the role of doco making. Documentary Australia Foundation's Mitzi Goldman is joined by industry professionals including Violeta Ayala (The Bolivian Case), Andy Schocken (The Song of Lahore), Laurent Becue-Renard (Of Men and War) and Leonie Quayl (The Propeller Foundation). 7-8pm. Free. Fri Jun 12.

Panel on Dendy Awards Finalists
Ask all the questions that burned through your head while watching this year's Dendy Awards films, as the finalists sit down for a panel Q&A. 1-3.30pm. Free. Sun Jun 14.

Town Hall Centennial Room Talks
Alex Gibney: In Conversation
The controversial Acadamy Award-winning filmmaker behind docos that looked at cases such as Wikileaks and abuses of religious power buckles down to divulge how he goes about telling complex real-world stories. 11am-12.30pm, $30-$40. Sun Jun 7.

Margaret and David: The Films We Love 
Television's darling film critic duo  discuss the films from all genres they feel deserve either wider acclaim or a second opinion. 3.30pm. $15. Sun Jun 7.

Read our rundown of must-see movies at Sydney Film Festival, and find out the best places to eat and drink before (or after) your screening.

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Sydney Film Festival Hub details

Lower Town Hall
Corner of George & Druitt Streets, Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9265 9189

Nearby Stations: Town Hall Station (City Rail)

Date 06 Jun 2015-14 Jun 2015

Open Various times

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