Spend a terrifying Friday the 13th at Sydney Film Festival


The 61st Sydney Film Festival comes to a close this Sunday, but you still have a chance to see some incredible films before the festival ends. Particularly exciting is the terrifying program that the Festival has in store for tomorrow, which just happens to be Friday the 13th! The Festival presents a packed program of scary screenings and horrifically entertaining events across Sydney. SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley said “from a special screening of one of the most terrifying motion pictures ever made, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, at the Skyline Drive-In Blacktown to a club night where you can learn the monster mash and win prizes for best dressed, Sydney Film Festival offers some frighteningly good ways to spend this Friday the 13th.”

The centerpiece of the program is a screening of the 40th anniversary restored print of Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the Skyline Drive-In in Blacktown at 11pm. Buy tickets for this awesome event here. Screening at Event Cinemas George Street at 9.45pm is complex Hitchcockian thriller Tom at the Farm. The film is the new project from Canadian director and actor Xavier Dolan, who won the 2010 Sydney Film Prize for his film Heartbeats. Tickets to Tom at the Farm are available here. Also screening at Event Cinemas George Street at 10.20pm is Love Eternal, the recent winner of the inaugural Fresh Blood award at Warsaw’s Black Bear Film Festival. An adaptation of Kei Oishi’s Japanese novel Loving the Dead, the film follows an introverted young man and his eerie obsession with death. Get your tickets for Love Eternal here.

Elsewhere, kicking off at 8pm at the Festival Hub at Town Hall is ‘The Death of Horror’, a special free debate where Junkee’s resident film experts pick sides on the horror genre’s hot topic: can cinema still scare us, or has the genre become a joke? The debate will be followed by ‘Junkee Do: Friday the 13th downstairs at the hub, where audiences are invited to do the monster mash until midnight. The event will also include a special live interactive performance by VJ Michela Ledwidge and prizes for best-dressed.

Extending over the weekend, the Friday the 13th celebration also includes a late program addition of sensual Danish coming-of-age werewolf romance When Animals Dream, which is showing at Dendy Opera Quays on Saturday June 14th at 8.15pm and Sunday June 15th at 9.45pm. Get tickets here.

This weekend is an awesome chance to see some terrifying films and have a great time celebrating the spookiest day of the year. Don’t miss your chance to get involved!

The 61st Sydney Film Festival runs until June 15th and brings a packed program of screenings and special events to even more venues across Sydney. For tickets and full up-to-date program information please visit www.sff.org.au.