The Possible Worlds, Sydney’s Canadian film-reviews Festival showcasing the best new film-reviewss made in Canada runs from August 2 to August 8 in a number of Sydney venues including Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown.

The dynamic program is filled with a mixture of intelligent and entertaining events including premiere screenings, film-reviewsmaker Q&As, industry talks and parties.


Possible Worlds opens with the Australian premiere of psychological thriller Chloe, directed by Oscar-nominated auteur Atom Egoyan. The film-reviews stars well-respected actors, Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and rising star Amanda Seyfried. It will close seven days later with a screening of I Killed My Mother, from up-and-coming Montreal film-reviewsmaker Xavier Dolan, the recent recipient of the Sydney film-reviews Prize at the Sydney film-reviews Festival.



Possible Worlds is presenting diverse work. Canadian film-reviewsmaker, journalist and actress Nelofer Pazira is flying to Sydney to present the Australian premiere of her film-reviews Act of Dishonour about the clash of tradition and modernity in modern day Afghanistan. Toronto producer Gerry Flahive is in town to present the Australian premiere of his documentary Invisible City and give an industry masterclass on transmedia production. Canadian-Australian sci-fi thriller Arctic Blast directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and Margaret Atwood documentary In The Wake of the Flood are having their world premiere at the event.



In total, Possible Worlds presents eleven Australian premieres, including horror thriller The Wild Hunt, counter-culture satire Leslie, My Name Is Evil, Sundance-winner Grown Up Movie Star, acclaimed road movie Passenger Side and Denis Villeneuve’s drama Polytechnique, based on the 1989 shooting at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. It recently took home 9 Genies, Canada’s equivalent to the Oscars including Best Picture. Coming-of-age comedy 1981 takes a hilarious look at growing up in the eighties, to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.



 The documentary program features Finding Farley, voiced by Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker charts a family’s attempt to canoe and trek across Canada, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, about the legendary Canadian pianist and Last Train Home, a moving portrait of a family of Chinese migrant workers.



Possible Worlds is also known for its irreverent screening parties. A ukulele concert and strum-along will launch a documentary about the revival of the diminutive instrument, Mighty Uke. A vampire ball will accompany the Australian premiere of Suck, a rock n’ roll comedy featuring musicians Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins and Moby. The Fight The Power Party, meanwhile is following the Australian premiere of revolutionary high-school comedy The Trotsky.



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