Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, Elvis, will begin screening in cinemas around the country on Thursday, 23rd June. One week prior to its theatrical release, Elvis will screen as part of the 69th Sydney Film Festival.
The SFF screening takes place at Sydney’s State Theatre on Wednesday, 15th June. A second festival screening is happening at Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne, on Friday, 17th June.
Elvis is the Sydney-born Luhrmann’s sixth feature film. It follows The Great Gatsby (2013), Australia (2008), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Strictly Ballroom (1992). Strictly Ballroom has recently undergone 4K restoration, and in celebration of its 30th anniversary, the sparkling new update will screen at Sydney Film Festival on Saturday, 11th June at Hayden Orpheum Cremorne.
Elvis stars newcomer Austin Butler as the titular King of Rock’n’roll. Tom Hanks plays Elvis’ long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Australian actor Olivia DeJonge plays Elvis’ wife, Priscilla Presley, musician Yola Quartey plays Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog) plays country music pioneer, Jimmie Rodgers.
Luhrmann co-wrote Elvis with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner. Pearce also co-wrote Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby. Find more details about the Sydney Film Festival screening here.