Sydney fest will be topper’s last

World Brief

Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25.

Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz.

Barber ruled out a switch to Melbourne Intl. Film Festival, Oz’s oldest, largest and most successful festival.

SFF posted a deficit of A$242,000 ($180,000) last year and during Barber’s tenure Jacqui Feeney replaced Cathy Robinson as chairman and Tony Grierson replaced Jennifer Naughton as CEO.

Barber steered SFF’s popular move into Greater Union’s George Street plex and oversaw a 5% B.O. rise.

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    Lynden Barber’s second Sydney Film Festival, which opens Friday, will be his last as artistic director. The ex-journalist is ankling when fest wraps June 25. Barber said he took the SFF job because “he needed a challenge.” He said he will take a break before considering opportunities in the media or film biz. Barber ruled […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content