Documentaries on Film and Small Screen

FREE SOLO. BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND A DARING SOLO CLIMBER. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

FREE SOLO : © 2018 National Geographic

FREE SOLO has a trailer that makes people gasp out loud.

It is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of world-renowned rock climber, Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock, the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope. Continue reading FREE SOLO. BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND A DARING SOLO CLIMBER. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

LEITIS IN WAITING – A FEARLESS FILM FOR QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

This image: Joey Matael
Featured image: Lady Eva Baron

Since Nanook was captured on film fishing through a hole in the Northern ice, the documentary form has brought millions of other lives into our own.  In a stunning choice by Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, Tonga’s Leitis community will warm your heart, give you hope and inspire you to be Fearless.

  LEITIS IN WAITING is an emotional and motivating feature documentary about the transgender community of the Kingdom of Tonga and it begins The Guide's coverage of this year's Mardi Gras FF.

Reflecting the colours of the nation’s flag, the film begins with white intertitles on a red background and one of these will pull the breath from you.  And will join an LGBTQI audience together in an understanding that the issues that these women face may be site-specific, but are despairingly common for trans people.  Murder, bashing, thoughts of suicide, familial rejection, homelessness, poverty will raise their ugliness in a beautiful film of warmth and hope. Continue reading LEITIS IN WAITING – A FEARLESS FILM FOR QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

THE POWER OF THE DOCUMENTARY – BREAKING THE SILENCE

I Am Not Your Negro

Riverside Theatres in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) present THE POWER OF THE DOCUMENTARY – BREAKING THE SILENCE, a film festival curated by Emmy and BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and author, John Pilger.

Pilger is renowned for his independent investigative journalism giving a ‘voice to the voiceless’. He has chosen 26 landmark documentaries from the past 70 years for the festival – films that made significant impact on audiences and shaping the way we understand and respond to global issues such as war, civil rights and propaganda. Continue reading THE POWER OF THE DOCUMENTARY – BREAKING THE SILENCE

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL DOCO MAKERS

This Image: Louis Theroux on the steps of an abandoned house in Huntington
Featured image: Blue Planet II. Images Credit: BBC Studios

Create NSW, BBC Studios Australia and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) have teamed up to launch a search for a talented mid-career documentary producer/director, who will be offered a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the best documentary makers in the world.

The Unscripted International Producer Placement (UIPP) initiative will provide $50,000 to support a NSW-based documentary maker as they work alongside the BBC Studios documentary team in the
UK for up to six months. This award-winning team produces internationally-renowned documentaries, including those from Louis Theroux, Blue Planet II, Life and Death Row and Stargazing Live. The successful applicant will be placed with a team that suits their experience and area of interest.

In addition, the six shortlisted applicants will receive travel, accommodation and discounted entry to the Melbourne-based AIDC conference from 3-6 March next year, where the final recipient will be announced on the closing night.

Applicants must be a mid-career producer and/or director with at least two documentary broadcast credits (television broadcast or theatrical release) and must submit at least one in-development
documentary project with international appeal, to be further developed over the course of the placement.

Applications for the Unscripted International Producer Placement are now open and close at midnight Wednesday 9 January 2019. More information, guidelines and applications here.

I AM A GIRL – FILM FUNDRAISER. ANTI-SLAVERY DAY

I AM A GIRL is a feature-length film about courage and determination and takes us on a journey to meet six young women from six different countries. As they come of age they paint a picture of what it means to grow up female in their world today; how their culture dictates their lives. See their remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.

Come along and see this incredible movie and help to raise enough funds to Rescue a Child on Anti Slavery Day. There will also be a raffle running where you can win some great prizes.

More information about the ‘I AM A GIRL‘ FUNDRAISER from Destiny Rescue [Facebook]  18th of October 6.30pm at the Facebook Events page and tickets at Eventbrite.

CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE IN CINEMAS SOON. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

This Image: EOS Cézanne – studio at Jas de Bouffan -® David Bickerstaff
Featured Image: Filming EOS Cézanne ® EXHIBITION ON SCREEN (David Bickerstaff)

Described by Picasso and Matisse as the father of us all Cézanne is considered one of the greatest artists of all time.

Directed by Phil GrabskyCézanne – Portraits of a Life is based on the exhibition of Cézanne portraits currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery, London.  The film features interviews with curators, art experts and his great-grandson Philippe Cézanne.  Shot in 4k, it also travels to Cézanne’s home and studio in Provence and by including correspondence from the artist, it successfully sheds new light on the life and work of this hugely influential artist. Continue reading CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE IN CINEMAS SOON. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

ART BITES WILL RETURN FOR THIRD YEAR

This image: Unboxed / Photo credit Kirsty Stark
Banner image: Mirror / Photo credit Kate Paul and Brodie Poole

ART BITES, the successful short-form documentary initiative from the ABC and Screen Australia, will return for a third year it was confirmed  at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Melbourne, this week.

ART BITES presents an exceptional opportunity for four emerging Australian filmmaking teams with a passion for art to create a 6 x 5 minute documentary series that will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview in 2019. Continue reading ART BITES WILL RETURN FOR THIRD YEAR

TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: DOCO HEAVEN

Albatross Dir. Chris Jordan

The Transitions Film Festival is touring to Dendy Newtown in Sydney this March with an enthralling selection of its most engrossing and inspiring documentaries about the existential challenges and creative visions that are redefining what it means to be human.

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GURRUMUL : A PORTRAIT OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST SINGERS

https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/gurrumul/

Madman Entertainment has today released the first trailer for the highly anticipated documentary GURRUMUL, a celebration of the iconic Australian artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album Gurrumul brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.

Sting described his voice as a ‘voice of a higher being’ and the great Quincy Jones eloquently said that his voice ‘was one of the most unusual, emotional and musical voices I have ever heard.’ Continue reading GURRUMUL : A PORTRAIT OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST SINGERS

FACES AND PLACES: ART AFFIRMING LIFE

Oscar nominated for Best Feature Documentary, FACES PLACES is a road trip of two minds, Agnès Varda, whose unique cinematic vision since the 1950s has earned her a loyal following of enthusiastic cinephiles around the world, and the iconic photographer/muralist JR, boasting over a million followers on Instagram. These two artists have more in common than one might imagine. Continue reading FACES AND PLACES: ART AFFIRMING LIFE

DOCUMENTARY FUNDING ANNOUNCED BY SCREEN AUSTRALIA

This image: The Fight (supplied by United Notions Film)
Banner Image: Working Class Boy. Photo :Andrew-Farrell

Screen Australia has announced production funding for 12 documentary projects through the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs.

The slate includes an adaptation of Jimmy Barnes’ memoir WORKING CLASS BOY ; a feature-length version of Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw’s award-winning Guardian short THE FIGHT; a second season of FILTHY RICH & HOMELESS, the most watched documentary series on SBS in 2017; and a three-part series delving into the life of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne from the team behind feature documentary THE FAMILY. Continue reading DOCUMENTARY FUNDING ANNOUNCED BY SCREEN AUSTRALIA