Legendary Scarface Director Oliver Stone added to Vivid Sydney lineup

Iconic director Oliver Stone is heading to Australia later this year for an exclusive appearance at Vivid Sydney, as part of the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talks Series, as well as at global creative forum Semi Permanent.

The prodigious director has written and directed more than 20 full-length feature films over the last four decades, including Scarface, Midnight Express, Platoon, Wall Street, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Nixon, and The Doors.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “At the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talks Series, Oliver Stone will speak ‘In Conversation With Margaret Pomeranz’, providing rare, behind-the-scenes insights into the creative workings of this cutting-edge cultural icon at the height of his industry”.

“Vivid Sydney consistently presents and showcases the world’s leading cultural innovators and Oliver Stone’s involvement in this year’s program is a further testament to the global creative talent Vivid draws to Sydney,” she said.

Semi Permanent founder and director Murray Bell said, “Semi Permanent is excited to welcome iconic filmmaker and storyteller Oliver Stone to our extraordinary line up for 2017 in Sydney. The Academy Award winning writer and director is one of the most prolific of our time, making films that profoundly capture pivotal moments in our recent history – a lifetime spent creating entertaining and provocative works. Oliver will be speaking in conversation with us on the power of film to create change and challenge perceptions at Carriageworks in May.”

At Vivid Ideas, Stone will share his philosophy on telling difficult stories, navigating controversy and resistance. He will address how his approach to the interplay between writer, storyteller and director has cemented his position among the legends of Hollywood. Joining Stone on stage will be Foxtel presenter and movie critic on Foxtel Arts’ Stage & Screen Margaret Pomeranz AM.

On interviewing Oliver Stone, Margaret Pomeranz AM said, “Interviewing Oliver Stone?  One of the most significant filmmakers of the past forty years to trawl through our political and cultural history!  It’s intimidating, exciting and absolutely unmissable.  If I weren’t on the stage with him I would be in the audience.”
For Semi Permanent 2017, Stone will be speaking ‘in conversation’ on the power of film to create change and challenge perceptions. Stone is in conversation live at Semi Permanent on Friday 26 May at Carriageworks.

Stone will join iconic American artist Shepard Fairey in the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talks Series. With just two months to go until Vivid Ideas, tickets are already selling fast for highlight events. The 2017 Vivid Ideas program is the largest ever, featuring more than 200 events and hundreds of speakers from across the globe. Vivid Ideas will continue to challenge, inspire and explore the changing face of the creative industries. A forum for creatives to collaborate, foster business connections and showcase new ideas, the Vivid Ideas program runs 23 nights from 26 May to 17 June 2017.

The Vivid Ideas Game-Changer talk will be held on Sunday 28 May, 5.00pm-6.30pm at City Recital Hall. Tickets are on sale now HERE. For details on his Semi-Permanent appearance, head HERE.


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Larry Heath

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