The first batch of features bound for the 2014 Sydney Film Festival have been unveiled.
Lenny Abrahamson’s music comedy Frank, starring Michael Fassbender in a giant papier mâché head, will make its Australian debut at the festival, as will Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch’s directorial debut, God Help the Girl.
David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage’s collaboration, Joe, Irrfan Khan’s rom-com The Lunchbox, and Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm are also headed to SFF.
A number of documentaries profiling some fascinating figures have also been selected by festival director Nashen Moodley: Michel Gondry’s Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? sees the French filmmaker interview Noam Chomsky, while Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known puts Donald Rumsfeld under the microscope.
The festival will also screen an eight-film retrospective on the work of Robert Altman.
A special 40th anniversary restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will be screened as part of the festival festivities on Friday the 13th of June at the Skyline Drive-In.
The full program for the 61st Sydney Film Festival will be announced May 7.
SFF runs from June 4 to the 15th.