As we venture into the seventh year of the Lebanese Film Festival, I’m taken away by the Lebanon’s stories that are sweeping the global screens year by year.
From Lebanon’s first Oscar nomination, Ziad Doueiri’s ‘The Insult’ to Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize winning film ‘Capharnaüm’, Lebanese Cinema is proving to be resilient and unwavering and a large part of this derives from the passionate storytelling that Lebanese filmmakers are keen to show to the world. The hard work and commitment it takes to make a film to begin with is a reflection of the determination of humanity wanting to share their stories on our screens.
I’m proud of Camille, Julia, Jessica, Priscilla and the team, and the ongoing commitment they have to bringing Lebanese Cinema to Australian audiences. After seven years, it is only getting better and better. I’m proud of Lebanon for pushing boundaries and paving way for a place on the map in cinema. I’m excited for the 2018 St. George Lebanese Film Festival.
Bryan Brown AM
Patron, Lebanese Film Festival
Bryan Brown is a legendary Australian actor and film maker, known for his many roles in Thornbirds, Breaker Morant, Cocktail, Dirty Deeds and Australia.
Since its inception, Bryan Brown has provided mentoring and support to the Lebanese Film Festival team, by way of providing regular advice on film matters, and providing the technical skill support of a film maker to ensure the festival continues to deliver as a showcasing of film culture.
In 2013, Bryan Brown was named patron of the Lebanese Film Festival at the Opening Night Gala of the second edition.
In 2014, The Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown, a newly built state of the art theatre named in honour of Bryan became home to the Opening Night of The Lebanese Film Festival.
Bryan Brown is committed to remaining as the Festival’s patron in the longer term.