October 25, 2012

The Cockatoo Island FIlm Festival opened last night, and what an impressive event it is! Not only because of the Heraclean commitment of its creative director, Allanah Zitserman, in assembling almost one hundred films from Australia and around the world, packed into a thrilling five-day program, but also because of an urban reuse perspective. Sixteen decommissioned naval and related structures on the Island have been skilfully – and sometimes quite novelly – converted into temporary cinemas. A mammoth commitment really, for a festival of only five days duration. Five days duration, but massive ambition: the Cockatoo Island Film Festival has its sights set on the heights occupied by Venice, Berlin, Cannes and, perhaps most appropriately, the Sundance Film Festival. A big shout-out to Allanah for an outstanding achievement and an event of which we as a city, can justly be very proud. The Cockatoo Island Film Festival is generously Supported by Screen Australia.

Author: Nick tobias