Legendary film director Spike Lee, 62, arrives in Sydney for the Vivid Ideas Game Changer Event

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Famed film director Spike Lee – real name Shelton Jackson Lee – lit up Sydney Harbour with his infectious charisma on Saturday.

The American producer was spotted at the Park Hyatt hotel dressed in a lime-green zip up jacket, black pants and a black New York Yankees baseball cap.

He accessorised his look with a crucifix on a chain around his neck, along with numerous other ornaments including two eyeball-shaped pieces of jewellery, and cord bracelets around his wrists. 

Cult icon: Legendary film director Spike Lee (pictured), 62, arrived in Sydney for the Vivid Ideas Game Changer Event on Saturday

Cult icon: Legendary film director Spike Lee (pictured), 62, arrived in Sydney for the Vivid Ideas Game Changer Event on Saturday

The politically charged director, who is known for movies including Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman, fielded questions from the media about everything from sport to racism to film and, of course, the Vivid Festival.

As reported by SBS on Saturday, Lee praised Indigenous rugby league players who are planning to remain silent during the national anthem at next week’s State of Origin match.

Indigenous NSW Blues player Josh Addo-Carr and his Indigenous teammate Cody Walker are planning to boycot the anthem as they feel it does not represent Indigenous Australians and should be changed.

Lee commented about Indigenous footballers boycotting the Australian national anthem at the upcoming State of Origin football match, saying: 'More power to them.' At one point, the producer gave a classic fist-pump salute to emphasise his words

Lee commented about Indigenous footballers boycotting the Australian national anthem at the upcoming State of Origin football match, saying: ‘More power to them.’ At one point, the producer gave a classic fist-pump salute to emphasise his words

‘More power to them,’ Spike told reporters in Sydney on Saturday when asked about the protest. 

‘I think changes happen first in sports,’ he added. 

At one point, the producer gave a classic fist-pump salute to emphasise his words.

'I think changes happen first in sports,' he added

‘I think changes happen first in sports,’ he added

He also revealed that it was still a struggle to make films in Hollywood ‘if you’re not doing Marvel comic books’. 

For the Vivid Game Changer Series, Spike will be talking to Rhoda Roberts AO, head of Indigenous programming at the Opera House, about ‘issues of race in the media and Hollywood’.

He will also share his insights into film-making across his near 40-year career, which has seen him make critically acclaimed movies about race, class and society in the western world. 

Tinseltown battle: Lee also revealed that it was still a struggle to make films in Hollywood 'if you're not doing Marvel comic books'

Insights: For the Vivid Game Changer Series, Spike will be talking to Rhoda Roberts AO, head of Indigenous programming at the Opera House, about 'issues of race in the media and Hollywood'

Tinseltown battle: Lee also revealed that it was still a struggle to make films in Hollywood ‘if you’re not doing Marvel comic books’

Master class: He will also share his insights into film-making across his 40-year career, which has seen him make critically acclaimed movies about race, class and society in the western world

Master class: He will also share his insights into film-making across his 40-year career, which has seen him make critically acclaimed movies about race, class and society in the western world

His most recent film, 2018’s BlacKkKlansman, about an African-American detective who infiltrated the Colorado Springs K.K.K. in the late 1970s, won the director an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He was nominated for three awards at the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Director.

When accepting his Oscar, Lee took the opportunity to make a political statement, saying: ‘The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilise, let’s all be on the right side of history.’ 

Creative force: His most recent film, 2018's BlacKkKlansman, about an African-American detective who infiltrated the Colorado Springs K.K.K. in the late 1970s, won the director an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

Creative force: His most recent film, 2018’s BlacKkKlansman, about an African-American detective who infiltrated the Colorado Springs K.K.K. in the late 1970s, won the director an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

He continued: ‘Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right the thing! You know I had to get that in there.’ 

For his Oscar-winning screenplay, Lee adapted his script from Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir, BlacKkKlansman. 

Spike Lee will be on stage at Vivid on Saturday from 6pm until 7.30pm. 

Hollywood elite: Spike was nominated for three awards at the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Director

Hollywood elite: Spike was nominated for three awards at the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Director



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