Closing Night Gala 2018
Hearts Beat Loud

Directed by Brett Haley
97 minutes
All good things must come to an end. Bid farewell to the 65th Sydney Film Festival with our Closing Night Gala. An evening filled with acclaim and applause.

In this joyous, heart-warming indie comedy, one-time musician Frank (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation, The Little Hours, SFF 2017) forms an unlikely band with his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons, Dope, SFF 2015) before she leaves for college. Single dad Frank runs a struggling old-school record store in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which he’s about to lose, despite the support of his love interest landlord Leslie (Toni Collette). All Frank really wants to do is reconnect with his musically-gifted yet serious daughter, whose plans involve studying pre-med at a prestigious college – and definitely not writing music with her ageing hipster dad. Frank insists they do a weekly “jam sesh” together, and surreptitiously records their efforts. When he uploads one of the songs onto a streaming service, it becomes a minor hit and Frank’s musical aspirations are revived. Now, he only has to convince Sam that it’s worth giving up college so they can give their band a shot at the big time. With an excellent supporting cast including Ted Danson, Sasha Lane and Blythe Danner, Hearts Beat Loud is an exuberant comedy stacked with great tunes.

Join us for the Closing Night Gala

Our Closing Night will feature an awards ceremony including presentations for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award and the Dendy Awards for Australia Short Films. Celebrating its eleventh year, the prestigious Sydney Film Prize will once again be awarded to the film judged the best among the Official Competition, a prize of $60,000. The winner will join titles like Asghar Farhardi’s Oscar winning A Separation, Steve McQueen’s haunting Hunger, and last year’s winner, and the Oscar-nominated On Body and Soul.

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Closing Night Gala 2018 - Hearts Beat Loud

State Theatre
Sun 17 June
Past Event Cancel
In English
Brett Haley
Sam Bisbee, Houston King, Sam Slater
Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Toni Collette
Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Eric Lin
Company Credits
World Sales: Park Circus Group
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