Springsteen! Iggy Pop! Zombies! Sydney Film Festival Reveals Full 2019 Program

8 May 2019 | 9:22 am | Staff Writer

"Films that will challenge and excite."

Iggy Pop in ‘The Dead Don't Die’. Pic via YouTube

Iggy Pop in ‘The Dead Don't Die’. Pic via YouTube

Sydney Film Festival has spared no expense for its 2019 program, today unveiling a slew of exciting titles ahead of next month’s event, including highly-anticipated zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die.

The Bill Murray and Adam Driver-led film, which features “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled”, including Iggy Pop, Danny Glover, Selena Gomez and more, will screen as part of the 66th Sydney Film Festival’s huge program, which runs from 5 – 16 June.

Also announced as part of today’s program reveal is Australian drama Judy & Punch, a live-action reinterpretation of C16 puppet show Punch & Judy starring Damon Herriman and Mia Wasikowska, alongside buzzing Aussie flick I Am Mother, which features Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne and follows a teenage girl who is raised by a robot mum. 

Bob Dylan fans will be able to see previously unreleased interviews and live footage via Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese, a film that details one of his 1975 tours, while Blinded By The Light explores the influence of Bruce Springsteen’s music on the life of a British-Pakistani teenager.

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Other films set to feature this year include Richard Lowenstein’s Mystify: Michael Hutchence documentary, the latest flick from Rick Aversion – who has directed music videos for Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen - The Mountain, featuring Jeff Goldblum as a lobotomy doctor, and new Aussie drama Lambs Of God from Foxtel.

Punters can also catch The Nightingale by The Babadook director Jennifer Kent (starring Game Of Thrones’ Aisling Franciosi, Ewen Leslie), Elijah Wood in Come To Daddy, and Her Smell, an indie-rock psychodrama starring Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) Amber Heard, Cara Delevigne and Agyness Deyn.

“This year’s program holds a mirror to titanic shifts culturally and politically, with films that will challenge and excite us,” Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley said.

“Shining a light on subjects that are often little explored or seen, these films are an invitation for us to collectively reflect on who we are, and what may lay ahead.”

Check out Sydney Film Festival website for the full program.