Opening Night Gala 2018
The Breaker Upperers

Directed by Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami
New Zealand
82 minutes
In this side-splittingly funny film, New Zealand directors Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami star as best friends who run an unconventional business breaking up couples for cash.

15 years ago, Jen and Mel discovered that they were being two-timed by the same man. From heartbreak, a friendship blossomed, alongside a hearty cynicism about love and relationships. And so The Breaker Upperers was born, a business helping people who lack the courage to end their relationships. Faking deaths, impersonating cops and strippers, and feigning pregnancies are all part of their extensive repertoire. But when consciences resurface and the prospect of romance rears up, the unbreakable friendship between the two starts to show its first cracks. The Breaker Upperers is refreshingly candid about modern sexuality, and beautifully captures a multicultural community. Executive produced by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, SFF 2014), The Breaker Upperers is a joyous, hilarious film.

Look out couples - and Hollywood - because New Zealand comedians Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami are ready for stardom Amy Nicholson, Variety

Join us for the Opening Night Gala Film + Party
A strictly limited number of tickets for the Opening Night Gala and after party at the stunning Centennial Hall are available. Here’s your chance to rub shoulders with SFF’s international and Australian guests and film industry personalities, drink cocktails and sample canapés in the heart of the city at Sydney’s premier film event. Ticketholders will gather under the imposing 25-metre wide grand organ of this amazing venue that’s over 115 years old and can indulge in a glass of Eden Road Wines, sip on the finest spirits from Archie Rose Distilling Co., or kick back with a beer from Young Henrys. 

The Breaker Upperers also screens during the Festival on Friday 8 June at the Ritz Cinema Randwick, and on Saturday 9 June at the State Theatre (followed by an In Conversation with Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami in the Festival Hub, starting at 4pm). Tickets also available for The Breaker Upperers at TFF Newcastle.

Opening Night Gala is proudly presented by Lexus Australia

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Opening Night Gala 2018 - The Breaker Upperers

State Theatre
Wed 6 June
Past Event Cancel
New Zealand
In English
Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami
Carthew Neal, Ainsley Gardiner, Georgina Conder
Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, James Rolleston
Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Ginny Loane
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Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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