Brendan Cowell’s ‘Ruben Guthrie’ To Open Sydney Film Festival, Stars Abbey Lee

Australian cinema is alive and thriving per the trailer drop and news of Brendan Cowell‘s “Ruben Guthrie” this morning, signalling the film adaptation of Cowell’s critically-acclaimed Belvoir Street play of the same name. 

Cowell, the prolific Sydney playwright, author (‘How It Feels’), actor and noted Charles Sturt export has adapted “Ruben Guthrie” for the big screen, with its premiere being held on opening night of the renowned Sydney Film Festival on June 3. The film is Cowell’s directorial debut; he said of its release:
“I am beyond excited to have my first film Ruben Guthrie open the Sydney Film Festival 2015. To screen this very Sydney story to a packed house at the State Theatre is a dream come true, and I can’t wait for audiences to enjoy this comic tale of love, loss, and liquor.”

‘Ruben Guthrie’ is the quintessential Sydney story – with its eponymous character at the film’s centre — the down Under answer to a Jordan Belfort and Don Draper amalgamation — ‘Ruben Guthrie’ delves into the world behind the world of advertising, exploring “ugly struggles of the beautiful people”.

Shot on location last year, ‘Ruben Guthrie’ weaves among familiar Sydney territory—including Icebergs, the Baxter Inn and through our stunning skyline —while Ruben (Patrick Brammell) navigates a year without booze, alongside his model fiancé (an accented and beguiling Abbey Lee). The film also stars local talents Alex Dimitriades, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson.

Tickets for Ruben Guthrie’s SFF premiere are on sale at 9AM this morning, and are likely to go fast. A national release of ‘Ruben Guthrie’ will follow on July 16.

Watch the trailer below.
Lead image supplied.