In 1970s New York City, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of subway graffiti – an art form the city had declared war on. Decades later, Martha discovers her photographs have made her an icon of a global art movement.
PRODUCER: Daniel Joyce (SA)
DIRECTOR: Selina Miles
WRITER: Selina Miles
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Anne Schaefer (SA), Josie McKenzie (SA), Rick Sexton (SA), William Joyce (SA)
Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter, speaks two Indigenous languages, but is “failing” in school. With little space in the western system for Dujuan’s language and culture his grandmother Carol is fighting a loving battle to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he become another statistic in juvenile detention or the welfare system. We walk with him as he grapples this educational schism and somewhere in-between finds a space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.
PRODUCER: Sophie Hyde (SA), Rachel Edwardson, Larissa Behrendt, Maya Newell
Demonic revisits the infamous Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic of the 1980s, a mass hysteria where people around the world recovered memories of debauchery, murder, human sacrifice and satanic cults. Blending archive and reconstruction the film uncovers the forces at play between psychiatry, media, and false memory.
Kate Blackmore looks at motherhood and mobility, film and feminism, through the prism of Margaret Dodd’s classic short This Woman is Not a Car (1982). Blackmore and Dodd are both Adelaide-born artists, making films a generation apart. Sitting in an FX Holden, Blackmore talks to Dodd, and her friends, about the context in which her film was made.
PRODUCER: Bridget Ikin
DIRECTOR: Kate Blackmore
LOVE IN THE TIME OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS
Hill Street Productions (SA)
Paul is 30, single and his mentally ill mother is still the most important person in his life. But when he meets the woman of his dreams, Paul decides that if he’s ever going to make a new life of his own, he must first find a cure for his mother’s illness.
Over 10 days Anthony becomes a song-spamming apprentice, learning how to make a buck off music in the age of streaming from novelty musician Matt Farley. Can you still claim to be an artist while writing songs about poop?
A transgender filmmaker sets out on a journey to meet other gender diverse artists from around Australia. Whilst contributing to a multifaceted art project, Unboxed, each artist explores and discusses the value of personal expression and self-identity in his/her/their own life.
Photographer Robert McFarlane has worked for over five decades, independently and largely free of mainstream media or the restrictions of commercial photography. He makes images that take his audience into cinematic and intriguing visual spaces and has photographed on the street, in the theatre, within Indigenous Australia, and in public and private spaces, amassing a body of work that is, in scope and quality, a sincere reflection of the world.
From Under the Rubble is a high impact feature length documentary that prompts us to examine the personal, emotional and psychological toll of armed conflict on defenseless civilian populations, in particular, women and children. There is are a multitude of stories to be told from conflict zones and this is just one among many, so extreme it challenges the audience to stand in the shoes of Zeinat Samouni and her seven children, survivors of what has become known in Gaza as the Samouni massacre.
PRODUCER: Anne Tsoulis, John Moore
DIRECTOR: Anne Tsoulis
MAKING A MARK
Southern Light Alliance
Filmed during the inaugural year of the Ramsay Art Prize, Making a Mark chronicles a story of passion and creative trailblazing as a selection of finalists, all aged under 40, vie for the $100,000 prize. In a story that spans the globe from Europe to Outback Australia, we explore one of the most personally challenging and financially tenuous vocations, and find out just what it takes to live a life in the world of visual arts.
PRODUCER: Anna Vincent
DIRECTOR: Richard Jasek
PRISONERS AND PUPS
Prisoners sign up to rehabilitate retired greyhound racing dogs to prepare them for life on the outside. The inmates have just a few weeks to learn how to train, socialise and transform the dogs into loving, family-friendly pets – and then face giving them up for adoption in the outside world. In turn, can the dogs help the inmates rebuild their lives? Can man and animal work together to create a better life for each other?
PRODUCER: Shalom Almond
DIRECTOR: Shalom Almond
At home in Adelaide, Taryn Brumfitt is a mother of three. But internationally, she is a highly recognised positive body image activist and the creator behind documentary EMBRACE which endeavors to shift the way women think about their bodies, and in turn, feel about themselves. To date Taryn’s powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide via social media. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, USA’s Today Show and 60 Minutes. Such is the strength of her international following, EMBRACE raised $350,000 through public pledges and has been supported by Rosie O’Donnell, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher and Ricki Lake amongst others.
PRODUCER: Anna Vincent, Taryn Brumfit
DIRECTOR: Taryn Brumfit
THE PANTHER WITHIN
Joe Murray, a member of the stolen generation, was a chameleon. In his early years Joe was a part of a boxing tent troupe before he turned professional. He was known as the ‘Black Panther’ in the ring because of his incredible speed and lightning punches. He and his wife Elizabeth, the daughter of South Australian German settlers, created a vaudeville troupe and travelled around the country performing and boxing. Joe, however, left behind him unanswered questions about where he was born, where his country was, and what happened to him in his later years. Joe’s daughter Barbara together with her son Edoardo hit the road to retrace Joe Murray’s history, hoping to find some of the missing pieces of his life.
PRODUCER: Tom Zubrycki
DIRECTOR: Edoardo Crismani & Allan Collins
Kino Films in association with Southern Light Alliance
Director Scott Hicks (SHINE and GLASS: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts). Continues his exploration of music-themed films with a new documentary project. It is a story of passion… of obsession… and possession. A journey into a world of rarefied instruments and the dealers, philanthropists and musicians who seek them out.
PRODUCER: Kerry Heysen
DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks
At the peak of her career, one of Australia’s most celebrated dancers, Michelle Ryan, is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Betrayed by her body, she loses her career, mobility and marriage. Despite her damaged confidence and disability, in a chance moment of opportunity she is eventually drawn back to dance, becoming an inspirational Artistic Director at Restless Dance Theatre, an Adelaide based dance company working with young disabled people. MICHELLE is a heart warming and uplifting story for a TV and film festival audience that offers an insight into the world of dance and disability and the liberating power of art.
PRODUCER: Kate Croser
DIRECTOR: Meryl Tankard
SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE
In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, we see Sam grow from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20 year old, into an obese, self-loathing 30-something and onwards into his philosophical 50s. The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to extra terrestrials who we are. From director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), Sam Klemke’s Time Machine follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel – one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth – in a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human.
PRODUCER: Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bate
King’s Seal reveals the hidden history of Australia’s first Aboriginal Land rights, documents the struggle for recognition of rights that were granted but denied and breaches occuring today.
PRODUCER: Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius
DIRECTOR: Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius
THE AGONY OF ECSTASY
Follow 28-year-old uni student Lise as she investigates how her past ecstasy use is affecting her mental health, and offers insights for the estimated half a million ecstasy users in Australia today.
Film Projects, Les Films du Balibari, Shining Light Productions
Once described by the press as “one of the most controversial figures on the Australian art scene”, avant-garde poet and playwright Christopher Barnett achieved a level of notoriety in the Melbourne underground theatre scene during the 70s and 80s, before self-exiling to France. He remains there today, running an experimental theatre lab working with the marginalised and underprivileged, applauded by the establishment (including former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault) and faithful to his belief that art can change the world. These Heathen Dreams is an intimate portrait of Barnett¹s life and revolutionary philosophy. Combining archival footage dating back to the 60s with contemporary observational documentation and text from Barnett¹s writings, it is a poignant and inspiring study of the power of both art and political activism.
PRODUCER: Georgia Wallace-Crabbe, Emmanuelle Jacq, Anne Tsoulis
DIRECTOR: Anne Tsoulis
ALL THIS MAYHEM
Pank & Martin, Playmaker Films, Vice Films
ALL THIS MAYHEM is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen tale of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas’ intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiralling world of self-destruction from which only one returns. Stars Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill.
PRODUCER: James Gay-Rees, George Pank, Eddie Martin
DIRECTOR: Eddie Martin
MY LONG NECK
Secret Key Films Pty Ltd
Travel guidebooks describe Thailand’s “long neck” villages as human zoos. Tourists pay big money to gawk at women with brass rings around their neck and take photographs. Filmed over three years, My Long Neck follows the stories of three young Kayan sisters forced to live in the past and desperate to move into the future.
PRODUCER: Shalom Almond, Katrina Lucas
DIRECTOR: Shalom Almond
I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES
Recovering from the tragic and untimely death of his wife, Phillip Rose finds himself in middle age both a single parent and a single man. After a clumsy episode on a dance floor at a house warming party, he begins private Latin dance classes with Melissa, a young instructor. Over the course of ten dance lessons their friendships evolves, and Phillip confronts his loneliness and isolation while learning to dance the Merengue. Based on a true story this hybrid film fuses choreography, documentary and drama filmmaking to create a unique and moving portrait of a grieving man.
PRODUCER: Rebecca Summerton
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bate, Gideon Obarzanek
Rivet Pictures Pty Ltd
London 1909, an actress from Adelaide makes worldwide headlines after taking to the skies under a 25-metre balloon emblazoned with ‘Votes For Women’. Known as ‘That daring Australian girl’ Muriel Matters is inspired by playwrights, anarchists and revolutionaries to use her performance skills in the fight for women’s rights. Stars Eileen Darley, Cameron Goodall, Ellonye Keniry.
PRODUCER: Claire Harris, Julia de Roeper
DIRECTOR: Sonia Bible
The Australian outback. Over 90 million sheep and cattle call this unforgiving land home, as does the Australian Cowboy – the Jackaroo. But as cities grow and the mines boom, the Jackaroo is leaving the land. Enter 5 wannabe Jillaroos. Over the next month these women will be trained in the South Australian bush by master horseman Bill Willoughby. There are real jobs on real properties up for grabs, but they’ll need to show teamwork, determination, and a whole lot of grit.
PRODUCER: Jennifer Jones, Kristian Moliere
DIRECTOR: Colin Thrupp
HAPPY EVERYDAY: PARK LIFE IN CHINA
Park Life China Films
Park Life immerses the viewer in a version of retirement unlike anything seen in the West. Elderly ravers cutting loose to pounding techno, mass maraca troupes trancing in unison. The antics of China’s urban retirees are truly uplifting to watch. But in a place where social harmony and self censorship reign supreme, this frenzy of eccentricity and self proclaimed happiness builds to unsettling crescendo. By letting the characters and the edits tell the story, Park Life is an upbeat but ultimately melancholic celebration of relative freedom in China’s ‘harmonious society’.
PRODUCER: Peter O’Donoghue, Philippa Campey, Sarah Wishart
DIRECTOR: Peter O’Donoghue
RINGBALIN: RIVER STORIES
RINGBALIN: RIVER STORIES is an immersive multi-platform documentary that reinterprets Australia’s greatest river system, the Murray-Darling, through the geo-located stories of the world’s oldest living Indigenous culture.
PRODUCER: Julia de Roeper
DIRECTOR: Ben Pederick
RINGBALIN: BREAKING THE DROUGHT
Ringbalin – Breaking the Drought is a 30 minute film about the healing of Australia’s greatest river through an ancient ceremony of culture and spirit.
PRODUCER: Julia de Roeper, Jocelyn Pederick, Ali Sanderson, Ben Pederick, Sue Maslin
DIRECTOR: Ben Pederick
SONS AND MOTHERS
An all-male theatre troupe set out to create a love letter to their mothers. As they put their hearts on the line, things get complicated and not everyone makes it to opening night.
PRODUCER: Louise Pascale
DIRECTOR: Christopher Houghton
The Ride is an award winning documentary directed by Sandra Cook that chronicles the journey of four men, as they journey 5000 km across the Australian outback on quad bikes. But this is no ordinary road movie. Three of the men are paraplegics, and one a quadriplegic. Their encounters with mud, deserts, floods and exhaustion test their resilience and endurance to breaking point.
PRODUCER: Sandra Cook, Jim Cairns (Executive Producer), Susan MacKinnon (Executive Producer)
DIRECTOR: Sandra Cook
Travelling Tale Productions
CROC COLLEGE follows six Australians who dream of changing their ordinary lives for the better. The three men and three women do just that when they embark on one of the most thrilling and dangerous training courses Australia has to offer. Led by Queensland croc legend John Lever, the students learn how to handle, farm and manage the world’s oldest and largest living reptile – the saltwater crocodile. They will also study the hardcore and sometimes ethically confronting business side to croc farming and some will take part in a ground breaking scientific artificial insemination project.
PRODUCER: Steven Geddes
DIRECTOR: Colin Thrupp
Secret Key Films
Filmmaker Shalom Almond and her husband Osker want a baby, but because Shalom has inherited an eye disease from her mother that leads to blindness, they don’t want to enter a random genetic lottery. Now modern science has thrown them a bone. It’s a controversial process called Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis and it might just make them a baby with perfect eyes. So Shalom and Osker embark on the painful, expensive and morally fraught course that is embryo screening. It’s a harrowing ride for them and their extended family, and the destination seems forever distant – until they take one last, risky turn that ultimately changes their lives.
PRODUCER: Katrina Lucas
DIRECTOR: Shalom Almond
Can you eat meat and really care about the animals on your dinner plate? Documentarian and meat-eater Madeleine Parry wants to find out. So she enlists to become an abattoir meat-worker, and works her way up the production line toward the “killbox”. With unparalleled access to a slaughterhouse, she explores the experiences of the animals we eat and the men who kill them. As she truly becomes part of the industrial meat production process, she faces the reality of killing hundreds of animals a day. Maddie wants to know the truth, but can she stomach it?
PRODUCER: Daniel Joyce
DIRECTOR: Madeleine Parry
LIFE IN MOVEMENT
Dancer/choreographer Tanja Liedtke was on the brink of artistic stardom. Her work was acclaimed across the world culminating in her appointment as the new Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company, only the second director in its 30-year history. But before officially taking up the position she was struck and killed by a truck during a midnight walk. The dance world had lost Tanja’s voice before she had told her full story. Tanja’s short life gives an inspiring insight into living creatively. As her work tours internationally, her collaborators reveal their memories and process their grief over her sudden death while Tanja continues to inspire through previously unseen interviews and footage of her compelling process.
Winner – Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize 2011, Sydney Film Festival
Winner – Dioraphte Jury Prize, Cinedans 2011
Winner – Audience Award, Cinedans 2011
Winner – Best Work, Ruby Awards 2011
PRODUCER: Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason
DIRECTOR: Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason
Many suburbs are built on former farmland. In the suburbs of Adelaide, locals arm themselves with pitch forks and kitchen knives to put that land to good use, pioneering a backyard revolution one square metre at a time.
PRODUCER: Julia de Roeper
DIRECTOR: Jeni Lee
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE
When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world’s first ‘viral’ pop-culture sensations.
PRODUCER: Sophie Hyde, Matt Bate
DIRECTOR: Matt Bate
Long before ‘Brangelina’, it was the action-adventure stunt pioneers J.P McGowan and his daredevil wife Helen Holmes, who ruled Hollywood’s silver screens.
PRODUCER: Caroline Man
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bate
BAREFOOT IN ETHIOPIA
A gutsy young brother-sister team hits the desert in Ethiopia every Christmas to have a crack at aid work. Four years of filming shows just how complicated this can be.
PRODUCER: Jeni Lee
DIRECTOR: Sieh Mchawala
Colin Darcy, an Aboriginal man, grew up in Whyalla in country SA. He has had his fair share of knocks, but now Colin, 24, is making a new start in life as he and his two best mates form a hip hop group called Shadows.
PRODUCER: Shalom Almond, Lauren Drewery
DIRECTOR: Shalom Almond
DARK TO LIGHT
Burma’s eye surgeons are few and far between, but they are faced with the highest rate of recorded cataract blindness worldwide. Stretched
to their limits, they can restore sight to only a tiny proportion of patients. Dr Henry Newland and his team of Australian eye surgeons are
determined to help. For the first time, they expand their aid program beyond Burma’s city hospitals and head into the country’s most needy
and remote areas. There, they equip and train as many local eye doctors as they can, hoping to create a lasting, sustainable solution.
PRODUCER: Katrina Lucas
DIRECTOR: Rachael Thompson
POLITICS, POWER, JUSTICE AND THE MEDIA: CONTROVERSIES OF THE STUART CASE
This documentary goes to the heart of how the Australian criminal justice system works, prefaced by an introduction by the Hon Michael Kirby and the vigorous discussions of participants moderated by Geoffrey Robertson QC as they debate the realities and implications of the controversial Stuart Case, today viewed as a seminal point in the history of indigenous relations in Australia.
PRODUCER: Helen Leake
DIRECTOR: Craig Lahiff
BIKES AND BROKEN BONES
This is a journey into the heart and soul of Freestyle Motocross (FMX) in Australia and the generation of riders who are addicted to this risky lifestyle. With little thought to self-preservation, these daredevils risk injury or death for something they love to do.
PRODUCER: Ben Heidrich, Kim Mavromatis
DIRECTOR: Ben Heidrich
LOVE, LUST & LIES
Love, Lust & Lies is the fifth film in the documentary series Gillian Armstrong has been making about the lives, hopes and dreams of three lively, working class Adelaide girls since they were fourteen in 1976.
Official Selection: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival
PRODUCER: Gillian Armstrong, Jenny Day
DIRECTOR: Gillian Armstrong
IT'S NO CIRCUS IN CAMBODIA
Australia’s dodgiest circus attempts to drive from Singapore to Ireland in a double decker bus! What could possibly go wrong? On route the circus gets waylaid in the south of Cambodia where they teach circus skills to a very spirited group of streetkids…
PRODUCER: Rebecca Summerton and Jeni Lee
DIRECTOR: Jeni Lee
“Twelve Canoes” is a series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
PRODUCER: Molly Reynolds, Rolf de Heer
DIRECTOR: Molly Reynolds, Rolf de Heer
RAMONES ARE NOT DEAD
Local band Rammonettes set out on a campaign of world domination, seeking to unite all the Ramones fans in the world. Then there will be a a golden age of peace and hard rocking.
PRODUCER: Andrew Bunney, Suzy Ramone
DIRECTOR: Andrew Bunney, Suzy Ramone
THE PINNAROO SURFER
The Hero Project a Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd initiative
A 10-part mini youth doco broadcast on the ABC in January and February 2009. Hone your bush survival skills and explore Kade’s Pinnaroo: gigantic Big Things, secret fishing spots, time travel and other stories in this series brought to you by the Hero Project, a Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd initiative.
PRODUCER: Carl Kuddell
DIRECTOR: Jennifer Lyons-Reid
From the moment 9 young Zimbabwean soccer players took the momentous decision to seek escape from a homeland racked by hyperinflation, political murders, and cholera our cameras have followed the dramatic story of their encounter with Australia, as they attempt to gain Asylum and escape from the hell that their homeland has descended into. They are utterly unfamiliar with this country. They have no money, no jobs, no homes, and little education. They have left wives, girlfriends and children back in Africa. This is the story of their struggle to survive, seek Asylum and establish themselves. It is also story about soccer. Their team and the boys attempts to become professional players in the Australian League. Beyond this it is about how soccer means hope for these young men, and provides a vital focus for many African migrants in this country. The observational documentary follows their story from the homeless world cup in December 2008, through to a point in later 2009 when their Asylum is granted and they can be reunited with their loved ones in their new home.
PRODUCER: Lucy Maclaren, James Maiden
DIRECTOR: Helen Gaynor, James Maiden
DESTINATION AUSTRALIA: BITTERSWEET FREEDOM
After Rashiq’s father fled Iran, to seek asylum elsewhere, Rashiq, being the oldest of four children bore much of the responsibility of raising the family during the nine years of separation from his father. Now as a teenager in Australia he is determined to define and live a freedom that he has been unable to experience before. Rashiq has been in Australia for nine months, and in the summer break before Year 12, he has chosen to challenge himself in many areas. His ambition to learn English is unwavering. Despite having driven since he was ten in his home country he needs to learn the Australian road rules and get used to driving on the opposite side of the road, so he can pass his provisional drivers license test. His siblings are struggling to find friends and his father is struggling to get a job. Rashiq, determined to help, also begins the job hunt. On top of all this and for his own emotional health, Rashiq wants to confront and understand his father’s experience in Australia – the reason why he was separated from his family for nine years. Mousa, Rashiq’s father was held in Curtin Detention Centre for three years, Baxter Detention Centre for three years and then it took another three years for the family to gain Australian visas. So the family decides to go on a road trip to Baxter Detention Centre, that is now deserted but still has many of the original buildings and Mousa takes the family on a whirlwind tour. Rashiq has an opportunity to see and experience the place where his father was incarcerated. Rashiq is adjusting to Australian life; however he still has a deep connection to his culture and his country. Leaving his home was a “bittersweet” moment for him, bitter to lose those he loves and the places and culture he knows, but sweet to be with his father again.
PRODUCER: Caroline Mann, Mike Piper
DIRECTOR: Sophie Hyde
HENRY AND BEE
Henry and Bee tells the story of Bee King, a young Aboriginal woman who was removed from her mother at birth. As a teenager, brought up in a white family, she began to feel isolated and out of place and set out to locate and reconnect with her birth parents. It was no easy search and eventually she tracked down her mother and father. After rejection was replaced by hope a whole new world opened for Bee when she re-established a relationship with her father, Henry. This is the story of Henry and Bee.
PRODUCER: Rick Cavaggion, Martin Gordon
DIRECTOR: Rick Cavaggion
THE LOVE MARKET
Like many young Australians, Shalom Almond has visited Vietnam and fallen in love with its landscapes and its people. In the northern highlands lies the remote town of Sapa which has been transformed by tourism in the last generation. Young girls from the Hmong minority have flocked into the city to sell embroideries and work as tour guides. Shalom befriends four girls aged 9 to 16, returning over the next three years to follow their stories. The girls are savvy and streetwise but painfully aware of their vulnerability and of the heavily restricted choices facing them. The filmmaker also emerges as a character who is aware of her position as a privileged outsider. The result is not so much a document as a dialogue between friends. Almond seeks to bridge the distances between young women, at the same time as she is painfully aware of the gulfs between tourist and local, west and east, observer and observed.
PRODUCER: Shalom Almond, Judi Oehme
DIRECTOR: Shalom Almond
RISKING IT ALL
Risking it All is a roller-coaster ride following rookie entrepreneurs pursuing their passions to set up their own businesses. Series presenter and business expert, Shivani Gupta is on hand with her unique brand of “no-nonsense” business advice to guide them through the highs and lows of following the dream of being your own boss. With new business start-ups running at an all time high the reality is that three in every five new business are doomed to fail in the first three years. Risking It All shows the serious blood, sweat and tears involved in trying to keeping the dream alive.
PRODUCER: Alan Carter, Claire Harris
DIRECTOR: Matt Bate, Sophie Hyde, Kath McIntyre and Shane McNeill
CASUALTIES OF WAR
A year after Leigh returned from serving in East Timor he reached breaking point and left the Army. It is only now, four years later, he feels able to speak out about the realities of being a soldier.
PRODUCER: Rebecca Summerton and Sarah Wishart
DIRECTOR: Jeni Lee
WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE
From Dr Who to The Dark Side of the Moon to modern day dance music, the pioneering members of the Electronic Music Studios radically changed the sound-scape of the 20th Century. What the Future Sounded Like tells this fascinating story of British electronic music. What The Future Sounded Like mixes experimental visual and sonic techniques with animation and never-seen-since archival footage. A sonic and visual collage, this documentary colors in a lost chapter in music history, uncovering a group of composers and music engineers who harnessed technology and new ideas to re-imagine the boundaries of music and sound.
PRODUCER: Claire Harris
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bate
A FIGHTING CHANCE
At age 42, former Bosnian boxing champion Nermin Sabanovic is making a comeback and dreaming of fighting for a world title, despite the concerns of his wife and two daughters.
PRODUCER: Tom Zubrycki
DIRECTOR: Mark Andersson
GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS
In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents – from his annual ride on the Coney Island ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass’ working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man. ‘GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts’ is a remarkable mosaic portrait of one of the greatest – and at times controversial – artists of this or any era.
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, San Francisco Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, Biografilm Festival, ERA New Horizons Film Festival, Keswick Film Festival, Titanic International Filmpresence Festival
Awards: Best Feature Length Documentary AFI Awards 2009
SAFC Support: Festival & Awards Grants
PRODUCER: Scott Hicks, Susanne Preissler
DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks
Mav Media Pty Ltd
Sacred Ground is an International multi award-winning documentary that tells the true story of Aboriginal people fighting to save what is left of their ancient heritage and culture. Land developments, greed and ignorance is destroying much of Australia’s ancient heritage and cultural sites. Quenten Agius discovers his ancestor’s ancient skeletal remains in the middle of a multi-million dollar housing development. This life changing moment forms the central story of his emotional journey. When Quenten speaks we can see and feel his pain. Five years in the making, Quenten and his mob have the guts to stand up, to speak out and express their views, to fight for what they believe in – Sacred Ground is their story.
Special Jury Selection Award (Grand Prize) – 2008 Global Green Indigenous Film Festival (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA).
Special Jury Prize – 2008 Pacific International Doco Film Festival (FIFO Tahiti).
WINNER Best Documentary – AVPA National Awards (Australian Video Producers Assoc) 2007.
Best Documentary – 2007 AVPA Australian Video Producers Assoc National Awards.
Best Broadcast TV Pgm – 2007 AVPA Aust Video Producers Assoc National Awards.
Best International Documentary: International Film Festival England (June 2008).
Official Selection: Reel Earth Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, (May 2008).
Official Selection: Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (June 2008).
Official Selection: Globians World and Culture Documentary Film Festival (Germany August 2008).
Official Selection: Canada International Film Festival – Feb 2009.
Nominated for International Gold Panda Award – Best Photography in a Documentary (Anthropology): Sichuan TV Festival (China 2009
Nominated for Best International Documentary: Swansea Bay Film Festival (Wales) May 2009.
Official Selection: The Dreaming Festival (Australia) June 2009.
Official Selection: Two Fires Festival (Australia) March 2009
Official Selection: International Film Festival Egypt (Cairo) April 2009
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) – July 2007.
EM TV Papua New Guinea – March 2008.
Press TV (Iranian Television) 2009
Maori TV New Zealand 2009.
NITV (National Indigenous TV Australia) 2009/10/11
Other screenings: NAIDOC Week – International Human Rights Day – Mabo Day: Adelaide, South Australia 2008/09 / State History Conference: South Australia, Aug 2009.
Educational Institutions: DVD purchased by over 80 educational institutions and libraries Australia wide.
PRODUCER: Kim Mavromatis
DIRECTOR: Kim Mavromatis
A WIRE THROUGH THE HEART
The story of overland telegraph from Adelaide to Darwin. The incredible story of the struggle to cross a vast continent and build the telegraph line that would bring Australia to the world and the world to Australia.
PRODUCER: Corey Piper, Mike Piper
DIRECTOR: Darcy Yuille
A dramatised documentary investigating accusations that “Forbidden Love” author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.
PRODUCER: Sally Regan, Anna Broinowski
DIRECTOR: Anna Broinowski
20 minutes by plane from modern Honolulu, lies a tiny settlement forgotten by time. Kalaupapa, a peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, with its swaying palms, unspoiled beaches and stunning mountains, is a paradise on earth – but with a dark and dramatic history. Kalaupapa is a leprosy colony.
PRODUCER: Mark Patterson
DIRECTOR: Paul Cox
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF GAVIN A LEAFY SEADRAGON
Waterline Productions Pty Ltd
From white pointers to nudibranchs, cuttlefish to sea lions, Gavin, a leafy sea dragon, rubs fins and swaps yarns along South Australia’s coastline as his adolescent journey of self-discovery leads him home.
PRODUCER: Judi Oehme
DIRECTOR: Jessica Wallace and Greg Holfeld (Animation Director)
A SHIFT IN PERCEPTION
A Shift in Perception’ is a humanistic, informal examination of living with blindness. Taking an experimental approach to documentary making, conversations with three blind South Australian women are illustrated using a broad range of camera techniques on Super8 film (shot predominantly in black and white).
DIRECTOR: Dan Monceaux
BLOKES AND SHEDS
A man’s pride can be measured by his shed – its size, what he stores in it, what he can fix or create in it.
PRODUCER: Sarah Wishart, Robi Watt
DIRECTOR: Robi Watt
DIRECTING THE HERO WITHIN
This groundbreaking documentary series showcases nine fresh and fascinating youth films and behind-the-scenes documentaries. Relevant and entertaining, DIRECTING THE HERO WITHIN presents young people creatively documenting their world.
PRODUCER: Jennifer Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell
DIRECTOR: Jennifer Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell
Q Productions Pty Ltd
A documentary series about five individuals with disability and their desire to communicate through their artistic endeavours. Tim was born without sight and is now in his mid-thirties, leading a double life. Richard is a person who hasn’t let his disability stop him. Cathy has muscular dystrophy. In spite of this she has created an inspirational children’s book. Jungle is schizophrenic and has memory and concentration problems. Daniel has cerebral palsy.
PRODUCER: Sarah Wishart
DIRECTOR: Quentin Kenihan
BUT WE ARE STRONG
Tells the untold stories of five young women who survived Sierra Leone’s civil war, highlighting their strength and resilience to the horror and atrocities that took place in their home.
PRODUCER: Sarah Wishart, Jennifer Lee
DIRECTOR: Sarah Wishart, Jennifer Lee
A four episode television series about the obsession that leads to opal fever and the dramas that arise out of that obsession. Set in the remote, unique and bizarre South Australian opal mining town of Coober Pedy.
Winner – ACS Golden Tripod for Documentaries – Cinema and TV
PRODUCER: Mike Piper
DIRECTOR: Corey Piper
A 34-year-old woman who has been deaf all her life has decided to have a cochlear implant or ‘bionic ear’; a remarkable operation that may allow her to hear. Because she has always been deaf, the operation and post-operative therapy is fraught with uncertainty. Will this be a life changing decision? Will Sophia hear her baby James’ voice for the first time?
PRODUCER: Claire Harris
DIRECTOR: Cath Moore
STORIES OF US 2
PRODUCER: Christopher Faull
DIRECTOR: Christopher Faull
WE OF LITTLE VOICE: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND THE AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR INDUSTRY
British atomic bombs in the 1950s decimated Aboriginal nations in central Australia, leaving survivors blind and their land poisoned. They remember and speak out against further desecration from uranium mining and nuclear waste dumping.
PRODUCER: Heather Croall
DIRECTOR: Peter Hodgson
PARADISE BENT: BOYS WILL BE GIRLS IN SAMOA
When it comes to gender there is a truly Samoan way of seeing the world. PARADISE BENT tells the story of the Samoan fa’afafines: boys who are raised as girls and play an important domestic role in Samoan culture. The anthropological spotlight has shone on Samoa many times this century, but there has been no mention of fa’afafines – is it possible the anthropologists just didn’t notice them? According to the Samoans, fa’afafines have a long history in their culture. The traditional role of the fa’afafines is now under threat as the western drag scene filters into Samoa. The older fa’afafines are not impressed. Through our main character, Cindy, we see the complexities of life facing the modern day fa’afafine in paradise.
PRODUCER: Heather Croall and Alison Elder
DIRECTOR: Heather Croall
PAUL DAVIES: THE BIG QUESTIONS
Piper Films Pty Ltd
For millennia people have wondered at their own existence and the mysteries of life. Powerful answers – and entirely new questions – have been provided by mathematics and science. In this series, crafty interrogator and sceptic Phillip Adams talks to acclaimed scientist and author Professor Paul Davies about the mysteries that have filled people with fascination and dread since the dawn of time.
1995 Templeton Prize Winner
PRODUCER: Piper Films in association with SBS Independent and The South Australian Film Corporation
DIRECTOR: Mike Piper
THE DESERT SURFERS
Documentary exploring the myths and legends of a hardcore surfing community in the Australian outback, showing that out in the desert fact can indeed be stranger than fiction.
PRODUCER: Heather Croall and Milo Hyde
DIRECTOR: Heather Croall and Milo Hyde
South Australian Film Corporation
GENOCIDE is a documentary which focuses on the failure of governments and mainstream Australian society to address the misery and ruin that 200 years of indifference, arrogance and ignorance has wrought on black culture. This objective, yet sensitive and emphatic documentary goes to the heart of the problem and takes in the voices of those who have experienced and continue to suffer the intolerable privations of being a Black Australian.
PRODUCER: Margaret Lattimore
DIRECTOR: Richard Oxenburgh
FACING THE WORLD
Documentary about the cranio-facial unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, and its work performing facial reconstruction of disfigured faces.