Closing Night Gala 2019
Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) joins forces with Richard Curtis (Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral) for a rock ’n’ roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed…and he finds himself with a very complicated problem indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie – the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old and new life closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.
Our Closing Night Film Gala opens with our Awards Ceremony. A buzzing gala night full of entertainment, and the culmination of the Festival’s journey, this is a moment not to be missed.
Our awards ceremony at the State Theatre honours the winners of the Sydney Film Prize, the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award and the UNESCO, Sydney City of Film Award.