Lexus Australia Drives Sydney Film Festival

Lexus UX, Hybrid, Sydney Film Festival

Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship winners will debut new short films at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival, which opened this week alongside a uniquely styled Lexus UX.

Lexus Australia and Sydney Film Festival last year awarded four aspiring cinematic directors $50,000 each to produce their next big-screen creations, which will be shown at the Lexus Australia Short Film Festival Gala Premiere next week.

A special UX 250h is being displayed throughout the Sydney Film Festival featuring images from the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship winners' short films wrapped around the luxury compact SUV in celebration of their work. Lexus Australia was also the opening night partner of the Sydney Film Festival. Festival director Nashen Moodley opened this year's event in a packed State Theatre alongside Lexus Australia senior manager sales and marketing Vin Naidoo. "Lexus is proud to have supported Australian film-making for many years," Mr Naidoo said. "Film has been an intrinsic part of our brand - for us, it's about the experiences, going beyond vehicle manufacturing and retailing, and film is a big part of that."

Lexus UX, hybrid, Sydney Film Festival

Also in attendance at this week's opening were NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian; Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore; governor of NSW Margaret Beazley; journalists Andrew Denton, Jennifer Byrne and Margaret Pomeranz; actresses Claire van der Boom, Jacqueline McKenzie and Rachel Ward; and actors Matt Day, John Jarratt and Bryan Brown.

Presented by Lexus, the 66th Sydney Film Festival runs from Wednesday 5 June to Sunday 16 June 2019. The four Fellowship winners will debut their latest works during the Lexus Australia Short Film Festival Gala Premiere on Tuesday 11 June:

Melissa Anastasia's Chlorine. In a desperate bid for attention, 11-year-old Keira compulsively steals from a pregnant women at her local. But her actions put her at risk of losing the only family she has.

Sunday Emerson Gullifer's Broken Line North. A Lao-Australian woman driving from Melbourne to Brisbane picks up a teenage hitchhiker at a highway petrol station. For one brief night, these strangers' lives intersect.

Jamieson Pearce's Strangers. An emotional exploration of the complexities of ageing. Adrienne and Stewart must care for their ailing mother in the face of an apparent sexual awakening and a strict nursing home policy.

Nathan Mewett's Jadai The Broome Brawler. Amateur boxer Jadai has promised his family: no more fighting. But the corrupt local cops have other plans, and Jadai's forced into the fight of his life. Based on a true story.

The full Sydney Film Festival 2019 program can be found online at


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