Launching ‘Canoes’

Sydney fest kicks off

SYDNEY — At the opening night of the 53rd Sydney Film Festival on June 9, only artistic director Lynden Barber was permitted to address the 2,000-strong audience in the State Theatre.

The usual conga line of stakeholders, including state premier Morris Iemma,

Lord Mayor Clover Moore, federal communications minister Helen Coonan and

new prexy Jacquie Feeney, instead delivered short messages via pre-recorded video.

Peter Hall, chairman of the event’s new sponsor, investment managers Hunter

Hall, stole the show by diving, fully suited, into Sydney Harbor to ape fest’s slogan “Go Deeper.”

Industryites and thesps including Essie Davis, Aiden Young and Leah Purcell

settled in to watch Rolf de Heer‘s “Ten Canoes” before boarding buses to the historic Rocks precinct to party at the Argyle.

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