A soggy Sydney fest

Event attendees brave stormy weather

SYDNEY — As the wildest storms in 30 years pounded Sydney, guests clambered through the downpour and into the steamy foyer of the State Theater for the opening night of the 54th Sydney Film Festival on June 8.

Sydney resident Cate Blanchett and festival guest Joan Chen paused for photographers, but directors Phillip Noyce, George Miller and Jane Campion plus 2,000 soggy others, mostly film buffs and industryites, sloshed incognito into the art deco theater.

Reactions to the opening night pic, Icon’s “La Vie en rose,” were mixed when the crowd eventually assembled for the after-party at Sydney Town Hall before bracing themselves for a wild trip home.

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