Ryan Kwanten in Not Suitable For Children. Filmmakers have taken chances with style and content in this year's Sydney Film Festival says Festival Director Nashen Moodley.
Garry Maddox, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports
A sexy comedy set in Sydney's inner west and starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten will open the Sydney Film Festival next month.
Director Peter Templeman's Not Suitable For Children has Kwanten playing a hedonistic twentysomething who becomes obsessed with having children when diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Described by festival director Nashen Moodley as capturing "the unique charms of Sydney's most bohemian suburbs", the film also stars Sarah Snook, Ryan Corr and Bojana Novakovic.
It is Templeman's feature film debut after his 2007 Oscar nomination for the short The Saviour.
The festival's competition, for "courageous, audacious and cutting edge" filmmaking, features two more new Australian films:
* In her follow-up to Somersault, director Cate Shortland's coming-of-age tale Lore is about a teenager who takes her four younger siblings on a precarious journey across Germany after World War II. Adapted from Rachel Seiffert's novel The Dark Room, it stars Saskia Rosendahl.
* Tony Krawitz's Dead Europe has Ewen Leslie as a Sydney photographer returning to his family's ancestral home in Greece to discover his late father's cursed past. Like the TV series The Slap, it is based on a Christos Tsiolkas novel.
What looks like an intriguing competition line-up also includes the Jack Kerouac adaptation On The Road from director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), the Oscar nominated drama Monsieur Lazhar from Canada, the Taviani brothers' Berlin prizewinner Caesar Must Die and a 320-minute, two-part Indian epic, Gangs of Wasseypur, which is described as "an exhilarating tale of vengeance" about the decades-long conflict between two violent families.
Moodley's first festival, which runs from June 6 to 17, also features the premiere of the Pixar animated comedy The Brave, with star Billy Connolly as special guest.
As well as a retrospective on master Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci that includes Last Tango In Paris, 1900 and The Last Emperor, there are special presentations of new films from such well-known directors as Michael Haneke (Amour), Ken Loach (The Angels' Share), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) and Australia's Rachel Perkins (Mabo).
The festival will close with American director Colin Trevorrow's sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, about three cynical magazine staffers who investigate an ad that promises a time travel adventure.