Sydney Film Festival makes the history e-books

A new e-book tracing the history of the Sydney Film Festival, the sixth-oldest in the world, gives an insight into Sydneysiders’ shifting film tastes and the changing face of the city since 1954.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Council approved $15,000 in funding for the Sydney Film Festival 60th Anniversary e-book.

“Personal accounts from some of Sydney’s best film writers show how significant this festival’s impact has been to the evolution of our cultural life over the past 60 years,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Their recollections are complemented by photographs, past programs, footage and other rich historical material.”

Festival director Nashen Moodley said the free e-book would provide a comprehensive multimedia archive and historical overview of the festival, which had challenged, delighted and entertained Sydneysiders for six decades.

“This online publication is an amazing resource full of multimedia, interviews and analysis of the history of the festival, its relationship to the local and international film industries, its position in cinema history and its role in the development of local art, culture and entertainment,” Mr Moodley said.

“We are very proud of how it has developed and grateful to the City of Sydney for their support, without which it wouldn’t have been possible.”

The Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s longest running and most renowned film festivals in the world, and the City has helped to sponsor it for over 30 years.

Sydney Film Festival 60th Anniversary will be published Wednesday 27 March 2013, and available for free download.

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