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Opening Night | Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line

Directed by Paul Clarke
105 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Contrary. Passionate. Outspoken. Over 45 years Midnight Oil helped shape modern Australia. This is their trailblazing story for the first time on film.
Across a 45-year career ‘The Oils’ helped shape modern Australia with anthems like “US Forces”, “Beds Are Burning” and “Redneck Wonderland”. Featuring unseen footage and interviews with every band member, alongside signature moments including the outback tour with Warumpi Band, their Exxon protest gig in New York and those famous “Sorry” suits at the Sydney Olympics, Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line traces the journey of Australia’s quintessential rock band.

Opening Night Gala
The Sydney Film Festival Opening Night Gala is Australia's most stylish celebration of cinema. Kick off your Festival experience with all the glamour of a red carpet World Premiere, featuring members of Midnight Oil and industry guests, followed by the exclusive Opening Night afterparty at Sydney Town Hall. Feel that post-premiere buzz with complimentary canapés, cocktails and curated DJ sets.

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Limited seats are still available for low vision, hearing loop, and Auslan patrons. Please contact our ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or tickets@sff.org.au to complete your booking.

Limited Film only Tickets for the Opening Night Gala | Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line remaining! 

Special Guest

Paul Clarke
Director, Executive Producer
Paul Clarke is a Logie-nominated Australian documentary filmmaker with a long list of credits. Clarke has profiled politicians (Whitlam: The Power & The Passion, 2013), cultural icons (Brilliant Creatures: Robert, Germaine, Clive, and Barry, 2015), and musicians (John Farnham: Finding the Voice, 2023), and he created and executive produced the award-winning ABC quiz show, Spicks and Specks.


Wed 5 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Auslan Interpreted
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Opening Night
Unclassified 15+
In English
Paul Clarke
Carolina Sorensen. Executive Producer: Mikael Borglund, Paul Clarke and Martin Fabinyi
Paul Clarke
Gretchen Peterson
World Premiere
World Premieres
Company Credits
Production Company: Blink TV and Beyond Entertainment, Australian Distributor: Roadshow Entertainment
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