We’re always here for a homegrown story – especially when there is the chance to quiz the writer as well! The four-week shoot will take place in Sydney, starring an exciting young cast lead by RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Philippa Northeast (Home & Away) and Sam Reid (Prime…. The name of director Jim Jarmusch alone is a drawcard. His new film is also on the program: an Australian romcom called Standing Up for Sunny. With the Sydney Film Festival fast approaching, we compiled a list of the best book adaptations and Australian writers that you cannot miss! More than a romcom, Top End Wedding shows the yearning for reconciliation | Bryan Andy, From Beyoncé to Veep and Fleabag: what to stream in Australia in May, Sydney film festival highlights (L-R): Bill Murray in. Another fantastic film in this year’s program that brings differently-abled story-tellers to the forefront. Blinded By the Light is a joyful coming of age based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings from Bury Park, packed full of music and poetry and made with the blessings of The Boss himself, this looks like a feel-good for the ages. The actor, who has cerebral palsy, will discuss the importance of authenticity in film with relation to screen portrayals of people who have disabilities. RJ Mitte stars in new Australian romcom Standing Up for Sunny. RJ Mitte, stars in the Australian Original Production “Standing Up For Sunny”. Perhaps a darkly inspirational antidote for those of you struggling with writers’ block…. An Australian film to be immensely proud of, Standing Up for Sunny will be coming to cinemas throughout Australia immediately after the conclusion of the Sydney Film Festival 2019. Recently moving from post-apocalyptic sci-fi (Snowpiercer) to wacky environmentalism (Okja), his new film Parasite sounds more modest: a thriller about a working-class family who become obsessed with another family. Concert movies include the highly anticipated Amazing Grace, featuring never-before-seen footage from a 1972 Aretha Franklin concert, and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, which charts Dylan’s 1975 tour – with new interviews from the media-shy troubadour. Add “Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver” and “zombie movie” and you have a film that, one hopes, approaches genre tropes in a distinctively offbeat, grungy, Jarmuschian way – like the director’s sumptuously styled 2013 vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive. While the other four films are heavy on drama, Standing up for Sunny reminds us to laugh… And to top this off, the Festival will be holding a poetry slam at the Hub straight after the screening. Agnès Varda is one of the two greatest directors of the French New Wave (the other being Jean-Luc Godard). Director: Mirrah Foulkes / Country: Australia. See her works Palm Beach (2019) and Beautiful Kate (2008). (Sydney Film Festival) Each year the Sydney Film Festival delivers a program that showcases outstanding story, screen and scriptwriting, as well as adaptations. Director: Erica Glynn / Country: Australia. Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) had the pleasure of talking to RJ Mitte while he was in Sydney to launch the world premiere of Standing up For Sunny at the Sydney Film Festival. There are some obvious problems though... Sign up for FLICKS weekly updates - what's new & awesome in cinemas. The Final Quarter. Visit The Sydney Film Festival website to find out more. With the Sydney Writers’ Festival just one week away, the Writing NSW staff share the events they’re most looking forward to. Sydney Film Festival What a line up in this year's Sydney Film Festival. Based on the book by Writing NSW friend and tutor Marele Day and adapted to screen by Sarah Lambert, Lambs of God looks disturbing, bleakly funny and incredibly watchable.