Oliver Stone Joins Vivid Sydney Line-Up

Academy Award-winning director, Oliver Stone, will appear exclusively in Australia at Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas. The acclaimed storyteller will speak at the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talks Series as well as at global creative forum, Semi Permanent.

Oliver Stone has written & directed more than 20 full-length feature films, earning him a well respected place in cinematic history. He is lauded for some of the most influential films of the last 4 decades including Scarface, Midnight Express, Platoon, Wall Street, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Nixon The Doors.

Stone is a master at tackling controversial subjects. His films are grand in scale & his hard-hitting style takes a realistic and truthful look at the world which often polarises audiences.

Destination New South Wales (NSW) Chief Executive Officer & 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 & showcases the world’s leading cultural innovators & 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 & director, Murray Bell, said “Semi Permanent is excited to welcome iconic filmmaker & storyteller, Oliver Stone, to our extraordinary line up for 2017 in Sydney. The Academy Award-winning writer & 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 & provocative works. Oliver will be speaking in conversation with us on the power of film to create change & challenge perceptions at Carriageworks in May”

At Vivid Ideas, Stone will share his philosophy on telling difficult stories, navigating controversy & resistance. He will address how his approach to the interplay between writer, storyteller & director has cemented his position among the legends of Hollywood. Joining Stone on stage will be Foxtel presenter & movie critic on Foxtel Arts’ Stage & Screen, Margaret Pomeranz, Order Of Australia Member (AM). The Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talk will be held on Sunday the 28th of May, 5pm-6:30pm AEST at City Recital Hall. Tickets are on sale now at: vividsydney.com/ideas.

On interviewing Oliver Stone, Margaret Pomeranz AM, said “Interviewing Oliver Stone? One of the most significant filmmakers of the past 40 years to trawl through our political & cultural history! It is intimidating, exciting & absolutely unmissable. If I were not 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 & challenge perceptions. Stone is in conversation live at Semi Permanent on Friday the 26th of May at Carriageworks. For details, visit: www.semipermanent.com.

Stone will join iconic American artist Shepard Fairey in the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talks Series. With just 2 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 & hundreds of speakers from across the globe. Vivid Ideas will continue to challenge, inspire & explore the changing face of the creative industries. A forum for creatives to collaborate, foster business connections & showcase new ideas, the Vivid Ideas program runs 23 nights from the 26th of May to the 17th of June 2017.