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By Jess Fenton
3rd June 2012

12 days straight of films from all over the world of all different genres, whether they be long or short - what more could a movie lover ask for? As one of the world's longest running film festivals and one of Australia’s most prestigious calendar events, the Sydney Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength with each passing year. Boasting a slew of world premieres, competitive entries, playing host to the filmmakers and stars themselves as well as partnering screenings with live cultural events, the SFF’s mantra is 'courageous, audacious and cutting-edge' cinema.

So what does 2012 have on offer? Let’s start with the big ones. Opening this year’s festival is an Australian comedy that saw local Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Kwanten return home to make. ‘Not Suitable For Children’ is about a young man trying to conceive a child before he’s rendered infertile will see the film’s Oscar nominated director Peter Templeman and co-star Ryan Corr attending the sold out Opening Night Gala. Tail-ending the festival for its closing night spectacular is the indy comedy ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’, starring television stars Jake M. Johnson from ‘New Girl’ and Aubrey Plaza from ‘Parks and Recreations’. The screening itself is kickstarted by the announcements of the festivals awards. Definitely not a night to be missed.

Premiering at the festival less than two weeks before its global release is the latest offering from animation powerhouse Pixar, ‘Brave’. Yes, not just for the grownups, SFF caters for kids as well - but then again, so do Pixar films. This is an opportunity to see ‘Brave’ before it hits the multiplexes with its very young audience in attendance.

This year sees Jack Kerouac’s masterpiece ‘On The Road’ get the long awaited big screen treatment. Starring Kristen Stewart ('Twilight', 'Snow White and the Huntsman'), Garrett Hedlund ('Tron'), Amy Adams ('The Fighter') and Viggo Mortensen ('The Lord of the Rings') among an impressively long list of Hollywood's best and brightest up-and-comers. ‘On The Road’ is one to look out for.

Funnymen Jason Segel and Ed Helms star as brothers in the film ‘Jeff, Who Lives At Home’ about a 30-something year old man who believes there are signs in the universe that will determine your path in life. Co-written and directed by Mark Duplass (who also stars in ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’) with his brother Jay.

At the other end of the spectrum, the documentary category is fast becoming one of the most sought-after and talked about genres, with this year’s festival playing host to film subjects such as Bob Marley, Woody Allen, the competitive world of ballet, the phenomenon that is the breast cancer Pink Ribbon movement, sex workers from across the globe and the controversial film and topic on everyone’s lips these days, ‘Bully’. Even superstar Keanu Reeves lends his hand as producer and mediator in the documentary ‘Side By Side’ - a film that tackles the question of film versus digital, with interviews by some of the biggest players in the business today.

With 156 films to choose from in 49 different languages, there really is something for everyone. So take advantage of this feast for your senses and go see.

Tickets are on sale now.

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