Sydney Film Festival announces Australian Premiere of The Substance as Closing Night Film

SFF The SubstanceSydney Film Festival will host the Australian Premiere of The Substance, direct from Cannes, as the Closing Night Film at the State Theatre on Sunday 16 June 2024.

The buzziest film out of Cannes, where it won the Best Screenplay Award, The Substance stars Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid in a blood-splattered and satirical body horror that follows Moore as a fading celebrity who turns to a black market drug that temporarily creates a younger, better version of herself.

“We are thrilled to close this year’s Sydney Film Festival with the Australian Premiere of The Substance,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “Coralie Fargeat’s film, featuring an outstanding performance by Demi Moore, promises to leave a lasting impression.”

The screening will complete the official Closing Night Gala and Award Ceremony for the 71st Sydney Film Festival, where a record prize pool of $200,000 will be awarded to filmmakers.

The 2024 Sydney Film Festival runs from 5 – 16 June. For more information and full program, visit: for details.

Image: Demi Moore in The Substance (supplied)