It was as usual, quite a night, opening with a tribute to David Stratton timed to coincide with the release of his own movie. This was followed by an onstage interview between Strat and the droll FCCA Patron, Oscar-winner Adam Elliott. Adam was one of two Oscar winners in the room, the other being John Seale the ace cinematographer.
All up, a splendid evening and if you want to know a view or two of Goldstone you need look no further than a click here for the Film Alert review by Max Berghouse following the the film's screening as the Opening Night selection of the 2016 Sydney Film Festival or you can read the program notes on the film contributed by Tony Rayns for the film's screening at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival written after he also saw the film at the SFF Opening Night.
Table number 17, on which yours truly was seated, won the quiz. This was assisted by a special knowledge of Oz sports movies by a couple of Victorians who could supply the answer to a question about Bruce Beresford's The Club (Australia, 1981) which provided the answers "Fitzroy". as well "Newtown". Nobody but nobody in the room knew of John Duigan's connection with Australian aviation. Rod Quinn's quizzes are bastards. Table 17 was successfully wrangled during the quiz by producer Jo Dyer. Her film Girl Asleep was nominated for Best Film and several other prizes but didn't win anything which I thought was a bit of a pity.