Adelaide Film Festival 2015 program revealed

A bevy of international names, premieres and a revisited South Australian classic are among the standouts from the Adelaide Film Festival’s full 2015 program, announced today.

Running from Thursday, October 15 to Sunday, October 25, the festival’s eleventh outing promises to be an incredible ten days of cinema with over 180 titles from around the globe and a little closer to home.

Leading the charge will be the world premiere of Cate Blanchett’s latest starring project Carol. A hit at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the Todd Haynes-directed picture will feature Blanchett alongside Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara in an exploration of love and sexuality in 1950s Manhattan.

The film joins previously announced world premieres including Scott Hicks’ new documentary Highly Strung, and Windmill Theatre’s debut feature Girl Asleep.

Also making their Australian premiere will be Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld, Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell-led family drama Looking For Grace and Iranian director Payman Haghani’s second feature 316Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams will appear in the local premiere of Spotlight, a film exploring a cover-up of abuse in the Catholic Church.

Other highlights include Laurie Anderson’s study of loss Heart Of A Dog and Malala Yousafzai documentary He Named Me Malala. Arrested Development and Upper Middle Bogan fans will also enjoy Portia de Rossi starring alongside Robyn Butler and Hamish Blake in new Australian comedy Now Add Honey.

A timely inclusion given the recent acclaim Neil Armfield’s onscreen adaptation of Holding The ManRemembering The Man explores the relationship between late author Tim Conigrave and his longtime partner John Caleo that inspired Conigrave’s 1995 memoir.

The festival will also reunite Australia’s cultural conscience Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton to once again host the Ultimate Quiz Night on October 23. Stratton will also helm a special event at Yalumba Wines where he’ll discuss a classic vintage film over some classic vintage wine.

One interesting addition to the program is crowd-sourced initiative The Film You Wrote, a cinematic choose-your-own-adventure with a script to be determined by popular demand via social media and the Festival’s website. Starring the festival’s poster star Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays) and to be filmed in Port Adelaide, it’ll be an all-inclusive and very South Australian film experience.

Among the 24 South Australian titles featured will be a special anniversary presentation of Coorong classic Storm Boy 40 years after its original premiere.

 The full Adelaide Film Festival 2015 program can be viewed at adelaidefilmfestival.org, with tickets on sale now.

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