FILMMAKER INTERVIEWSSydney Film Festival 2016 - Made in collaboration with 98 Films

Morgan Neville, THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE 

Documentary-maker MORGAN NEVILLE won an Oscar for his tribute to overlooked back-up singers, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, in 2013. Here he talks about bringing together a diverse group of talented musicians led by prodigal cellist Yo-Yo Ma for his most recent project, which is no less of a musical delight.

Conor Horgan and Rory O'Neill, THE QUEEN OF IRELAND 

"Individuals have the power to change things, sometimes, in the most unexpected ways – when they least expect it."

Superstar drag queen PANTI BLISS and filmmaker CONOR HOGAN talk about Ireland's long march to marriage equality in THE QUEEN OF IRELAND.

Ian Darling, SUZY & THE SIMPLE MAN

"Like so often happens, something comes along and changes their world dramatically."

Eight years ago, IAN DARLING set out to make a documentary about a Victorian couple living off-the-grid. The path his film SUZY & THE SIMPLE MAN led him down was twisting and unpredictable to say the least. 

Sascha Ettinger Epstein & Kylene Anderson, DESTINATION ARNOLD 

"Of course in documentaries most things go awry, so it ended up being a long odyssey following a failure."

Director SASCHA ETTINGER EPSTEIN and body-builder KYLENE ANDERSON discuss the long journey to DESTINATION ARNOLD. 

Kleber Mendonça Filho, AQUARIUS

"I see the film almost as a time machine ... It's very much about the past, the present and the future."

AQUARIUS director KLEBER MENDONÇA FILHO spoke to Sydney Film Festival about his spellbinding new movie which won prestigious Sydney Film Prize 2016.

Paddy Breathnach, VIVA

"After the first screening, I just felt that energy coming out of the cinema ... the film just spoke for itself."

Director PADDY BREATHNACH opens up about his Havana-set drag queen drama VIVA, which screened in Official Competition.