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Sunday 1 February 2015

Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse: Opening Night - 'The Theory of Everything'

Liverpool Council and one of the world’s longest running film festivals - Sydney Film Festival - today announce a brand new partnership. The pairing will see some of the world’s top cinema screened at Casula Powerhouse in Liverpool in a state of the art D-Cinema theatre.

The once a month event titled Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse delivers the best in new and classic films on the global cinema circuit to Sydney’s south west. Expect a lively, challenging, significant and cheeky serving of film. We are IN!

Liverpool’s Mayor Ned Mannoun says he is proud of his Council's investment in making cutting edge cinema readily available and accessible to the growing Liverpool community.

“This partnership with Sydney Film Festival, a well-established and celebrated cultural event, shows just how big the appetite for film and the arts is here in Liverpool. Film and the Arts have always thrived here, but a marquee event such as this is a coup for our rapidly growing city,” he said.

Films will start at 7.30pm, opening Friday 6 February with the much-talked about, just-released movie 'The Theory of Everything', by Academy Award winner James Marsh. The film is a biopic on the world’s favourite theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his ex-wife Jane Wilde Hawking.

Here is the fantastic trailer:

Western Sydney audiences can catch this hot contender for four Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on the opening night for just $25, including canapés. The film tackles the couple’s often difficult relationship, Stephen’s academic success, and his diagnosis with motor-neuron disease. Tickets can be purchased through the Casula Powerhouse website.

Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley says he is very happy about expanding a taste of the Festival to western Sydney. “Scouring the globe for the best of the best of new cinema across documentary and feature films, and bringing it back to Sydney audiences, is such an exciting challenge. This partnership gives us greater scope to bring the Festival to even more Sydneysiders,” he said.

2013 saw the first collaboration between Liverpool City Council and Sydney Film Festival with a series of five Sydney Film Festival films screened at Casula Powerhouse. The love story bloomed in 2014 after an 80 thousand dollar investment by the Liverpool Council in a state of the art DCP system, guaranteeing films from across the world could be fully experienced at Casula Powerhouse.

Casula Powerhouse Director, Kiersten Fishburn said, “I am delighted Sydney Film Festival and Casula Powerhouse are officially going steady.”

“We’re the only venue in Western Sydney screening such cutting edge cinema once a month, which is exciting. We are sure this will help to build and satiate growing western Sydney film lovers, and assist in developing a thriving screen culture in the local area.”

Opening night will see patrons treated to a full premier style experience, with drinks and canapés to be served after the conclusion of the film. Catering for the rest of the program will be provided by Casula Powerhouse’s own Bellbird Café. 

What: Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse

Where: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road Casula NSW 2170

When: Screenings begin at 7:30pm on:
Friday 6 February - The Theory of Everything, Tickets $25 including canapés

Friday 6 March - Film to be announced

Saturday 2 May - Film to be announced

Friday 5 June - Film to be announced

Friday 3 July - Film to be announced

Saturday 1 August - Film to be announced

Friday 4 September - Film to be announced

Friday 2 October - Film to be announced

Friday 6 November - Film to be announced

Prices: The Theory of Everything including canapés: Adult: $25, Concession: $20 All other screenings: Adult $15, Concession $13, Child (under 16yrs) $10. Pre-movie Dinner: $17 

For tickets and further information see: www.casulapowerhouse.com/booknow/ Stay up to date through: facebook.com/SydneyFilmFestivalatCasulaPowerhouse 

More about the Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animations across the city at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW, Casual Powerhouse, Blacktown Dive In, and the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne. The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit www.sff.org.au.

Casula Powerhouse

Located on the bank of the Georges River, the Casula Powerhouse is a multi-disciplinary arts centre. Showcasing 6 galleries, featuring a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Casula Powerhouse is a premier art space in Sydney’s south-west. Boasting a 321 seat theatre, Casula Powerhouse plays host to a range of theatre and cinematic productions each year. The Casula Powerhouse’s Bellbird Café will be serving meals from 6.00pm.

Liverpool City Council

Located in Sydney’s south west; Liverpool City Council governs 42 suburbs with a range of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. They are dedicated to supporting the community by providing high levels of facilities and resources, to establish Liverpool as “the vibrant regional city of opportunity, prosperity and diversity” 

The Theory of Everything

Directed by Academy Award winning director James Marsh, The Theory of Everything details the life and romance of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde Hawking. Critically acclaimed and hotly tipped for a range of different awards, The Theory of Everything is a must see feature of this year’s cinematic lineup.

It's unmissable - be there, and support this fantastic initiative.

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