This year’s Official Competition at Sydney Film Festival will screen at the State Theatre. The $60,000 prize, presented to the winner by a jury consisting of Australian filmmaking icon Rolf de Heer and actress Miranda Otto, was awarded to Ken Loach for his film ‘Looking For Eric’. This year the festival is challenging audiences to get off the couch and try filming in the theatre, with the tag line, “Don’t Try At Home”. A film about two football fanatics is also on offer.
Paul Laverty’s screenplay is at its best when Eric is starry eyed with an idol or at the bottom of a pint with his mates. The film, directed by Evets, is well constructed and the source of most of the film’s laughs are found there. Notably, Cantona has been cast as the dejected and desperate life coach who helps him find himself.
The Full Monty for football hooligans. Eric Bishop sees football as an opportunity to get together with your friends and forget about your life for a couple of hours. In this film, Loach is seen straying towards the lighter side of life. For more information, visit the Sydney Film Festival website.