It’s an Australian film about a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life, and will screen at the State Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday 3 June.

Tickets went on sale at 9am Thursday 16 April via or 1300 733 733.

Ruben Guthrie is the directorial debut of award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor Brendan Cowell. He adapted it from his own critically acclaimed Belvoir St Theatre production.

The film, produced by Kath Shelper, was shot on location all over Sydney; and the cast is a gathering of some of the best Australian actors, including Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson.

The very first trailer for the film was released on Thursday via

“I am beyond excited to have my first film Ruben Guthrie open the Sydney Film Festival 2015,” says Brendan Cowell. “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.”

Tickets to the as-yet-unannounced Closing Night Film are also on sale now.

Last week, Sydney Film Festival announced 27 new films to be featured in this year’s June event, plus an Ingmar Bergman retrospective curated by David Stratton. Also revealed were a new screening venue, Dendy Newtown, and an expanded family-film program. The full program of 200+ films will be launched on Wednesday 6 May.

SYNOPSIS: Ruben Guthrie

Life is good for ad man Ruben Guthrie – he leads a party boy lifestyle, has a model fiancée and lives in a house on the water. He’s at the top of his game, until some drunken skylarking lands Ruben at the bottom of his infinity pool, lucky to be alive. His mum hits the panic button, and then his fiancée leaves him, but not before issuing him one final challenge: If Ruben can do one year without a drink, she’ll give him another chance…

Ruben Guthrie is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city that won’t let him put it down.