From October 24-28, Cockatoo Island in Sydney will play host to the inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival. The festival looks set to be as much of an event as a movie-going experience, with patrons watching films on four indoor cinemas and one outdoor ‘silent’ cinema, which will allow viewers to watch films with wireless headphones. As well as films, the festival will also offer pop-up restaurants, a nightclub that will stay open until 3am and a classic yacht race.
The festival will open with a gala event and the Australian première of the highly anticipated film The Master (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson), and will screen a variety of local and international films, with 25 films competing for best feature and jury prizes.
Some highlights from the full programme which was announced today include: Japanese coming-of-age film About The Pink Sky; a documentary about arguably the world’s most famous octopus, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus; and the Austrailan premières of Frankenweenie, The Sessions, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
It has just been announced that Paul Thomas Anderson will be in attendance at the Australian première of his film The Master . He will conduct media interviews and walk the red carpet for the opening night of the Cockatoo Island Film Festival on October 24.
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