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Yuli – Sydney Film Festival

Wednesday 12 June @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Friends of the Australian Ballet, in association with the Sydney Film Festival, are delighted to offer our Members the opportunity to attend three ballet genre films The White Crow, Yuli, and The Heart Dancers.


Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta is both star and subject of this moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance, by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín.

A visual treat for ballet fans, Yuli is the inspiring true story of the UK Royal Ballet’s first black dancer, combining a loving account of Acosta’s upbringing in his native Havana with glorious dance sequences that flesh out his life story. Framed by present-day rehearsals for an autobiographical production, Yuli explores Acosta’s impoverished childhood, his early struggles with his monumental talent and his stormy relationship with his father, who was as abusive as he was proud of his son’s career. With his legendary grace and power, lovingly depicted here by Bollaín (Take My Eyes), Acosta became world-famous and a longtime principal dancer at the Royal Ballet but never forgot his roots – as demonstrated by the film’s unflinching commentary on racism, classism and politics.

Director: Icíar Bollaín

Cast: Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Edison Manuel Olvera

Australian Premiere

2018 | 112 minutes | In English and Spanish with English subtitles | Biography



Wednesday 12 June
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Event Cinemas George St
505 - 525 George St
Sydney, Australia
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In 2019 we will be holding a number of events for our members. Stay tuned to this page for more information shortly. In the meantime, check out our previous events