The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022: Aussie Titles | FilmInokay
MY MOTHER THE ACTION STAR
This doco pulls again the curtain on a very unsung powerhouse of Australian cinema: Western Sydney-based actor, martial artist and director Maria Tran, an motion star in Asia who has labored with excessive profile gamers like Jackie Chan and Roger Corman. This doco introduces Australia to one among its few cinematic motion heroes.
POWER OF ACTIVISM
This cinematic name to arms seems to be at six extraordinary feminine environmental activists whose concepts and endeavours couldn’t simply help the struggle towards local weather change but additionally save the taxpayer hundreds of thousands.
Featuring interviews with massive names like Missy Higgins, Michael Franti, John Butler, Archie Roach, Katie Noonan, Dan Sultan, Harry James Angus and Robbie James, Scattered People showcases the facility of music to heal and unite disparate, on this case in an immigrant detention centre.
THE TUNNEL: THE OTHER SIDE OF DARKNESS
This compelling behind the scenes filmmaking doco seems to be at each the making of the low finances 2011 Australian horror movie The Tunnel, and in addition on the impact that the movie’s unconventional manufacturing mannequin has had on the native movie scene.
ENOUGH! LEBANON’S DARKEST HOUR
Seen by the eyes of Lebanese-Australian journalist and filmmaker, Daizy Gedeon, this searing documentary digs into the political and social tinderbox that’s trendy Lebanon, with the infamous Beirut Port explosion of 2020 as its dramatic strike-point.
CATS OF MALTA
A real heart-warmer, Cats Of Malta celebrates the stray felines of the Mediterranean island, and the big variety of people that assist them survive by reveals of unconditional love and assist.
This quietly highly effective and deeply political work places Australia’s typically merciless, incomprehensible and divisive border management insurance policies beneath the microscope by telling the story of three refugees trapped in Indonesia.
Thirty years after the legendary Midnight Oil launched their ground-breaking album Diesel And Dust, Australian musician Declan Kelly brings collectively a various roster of musical artists to reinvent the Oils’ iconic songs in dub-reggae model.
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: THE MAVIS BRAMSTON SHOW
Airing from 1965-1968, The Mavis Bramston Show was one of many earliest and most influential comedy selection programmes in Australian tv historical past. Boasting interviews and archival footage, this doco captures the present’s historical past and legacy.
WHO WOULD YOU TELL?
A staggering story of innocence stolen and corrupted, Who Would You Tell? is the heartbreaking story of three brothers from Malta who had been separated from their destitute household at a younger age and despatched to Tardun in Western Australia beneath the kid migration scheme.
Directed by veteran Aussie filmmaker Frank Shields (Hostage, The Breaker), this doco seems to be on the liberation of the infamous Nazi Death Camp Belsen, partially by the eyes of an Australian battle artist who was the primary to document the horrors of Belsen together with his artwork.
A FIRE INSIDE
The horrific bushfires that raged by Australia in 2019 birthed a wide selection of tales, some outlined by tragedy and ache and others by true heroism and humanity – this doco seems to be on the efforts of those that helped these in want.
NO BAD GUYS
Directed by the totally important George Gittoes (Rampage, Soundtrack To War), No Bad Guys seems to be on the trendy horrors of Southside Chicago, an city nightmare of gun violence, homicide, gang warfare and damaged households.
A quiet meditation on forgiveness and accountability, Paper City follows the remaining survivors of America’s devastating 1945 airstrike on Tokyo, who’re campaigning for a public memorial to acknowledge the tragic lack of civilian life.
This intimate, in-depth have a look at India Angel’s songwriting course of and celebrated debut single “Move On” reveals the emotional and weak highway from pen and paper to industrial success.
Making Wonder follows Melbourne primarily based singer/songwriter Stephen Grady into the studio firstly of the 2020 pandemic as he makes an attempt to document his newest full size album in simply three days.
PATOU: IN BLACK IN WHITE
With a profession that spans over 4 a long time and throughout the globe, Jamaican singer Pat Powell (Patou) is one among Australia’s most achieved but hidden vocal abilities. This doco seems to be at his profession, and in addition at how race has outlined his life in Australia.
AUSTRALIA MY HOME: AN ALBANIAN MIGRATION
This movie depicts the tales of three generations of Albanian migrants to Australia, their sacrifices and contribution in the direction of their adopted nation, in addition to the power of our cultural id within the face of longing and separation.
In a small city outdoors Melbourne, a neighborhood of unlikely activists struggle local weather change with their stitching machines – making reusable baggage out of recycled materials.
This is a portrait piece on passionate and quirky bike mechanic, Ian Downing, who has been using bikes and dealing on them because the Nineteen Seventies, and continues to do it with relentless ardour immediately.
Detailing Hong Kong’s pro-democracy motion, Like Water is a “recycled cinema” essay drawing on archival footage discovered on YouTube and archive.org with paintings courtesy of Badiucao.
Teddy was simply 7 years previous in 1974 when his mom, Aunty Jan Chessells, a distinguished member of the Aboriginal neighborhood, moved herself and her 4 boys to Brunswick, making them the primary indigenous household within the suburb. This is Teddy’s story.
GONE WITH THE WING
Renowned journey filmmakers Safari Productions and cinematographer Hamish Pattison seize Andrew Englisch’s world first try to cross the treacherous Bass Strait on his Wing Foil.
Phosphenes exposes the porous nature of the physique’s boundaries, exploring how we come to “see” our physique by the eyes and contact of one other. Using the eyes like palms, our bodies loom too near the digicam, changing into subsumed by color and disappearing into disjointedness.
YEAH ROY! SKATING, SQUATTING, AND MUSIC IN MELBOURNE
In 2012, a bunch of skaters and BMX riders from Fitzroy remodeled a derelict internal metropolis constructing into an area for artwork, punk gigs, skating and using. After getting kicked out by the homeowners, Aladdin, one of many skaters, searched Melbourne for brand new deserted areas to proceed residing his dream.
THE DAVID SCOTT STORY
Melbourne activist David Scott spent a lifetime combating poverty, was a pioneering advocate for East Timor, and created an everlasting legacy in social justice and environmental reform. Through the recollections of people that knew him, this light, reflective story unpacks David Scott’s life.
Unknown Melbourne is a YouTube documentary sequence hosted by award-winning educator and designer Julian O’Shea, exploring and explaining the hidden aspect of the town.
The lived expertise of asylum seekers and refugees throughout Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns, shared in their very own phrases, and the efforts of a small group of social employees looking for to unburden an already weak neighborhood now left behind.
A poet’s story of his upbringing and troubled relationship together with his mom is about towards fragmented imagery and one of many poet’s written works, The Magical Crow.
Recounting his love of the water, Ray Lewis, OAM, snorkels among the many vibrant sea lifetime of the marine sanctuary that he has helped to guard.
WHERE THE WATER STARTS
Where The Water Starts reveals how a wide range of environmental challenges in The Australian Alps are seen by Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals who had been born or stay within the southern mountains space, or who care deeply about it.
Wallace explores a hypothetical ultimate day of his life as he comes into phrases with loss of life while acquiring closure from his family members.
FLIGHT OF THE HONEYSUCKER
Flight Of The Helmeted Honeyeater is a documentary focussing on this critically endangered hen and the volunteers giving up their time to save lots of this Victorian treasure.
Inspired to amplify the pressing call-to-action by local weather activists, a small group of makers set their minds to creating an paintings that might not be ignored. The result’s a rare 4-metre tall Burning Koala animatronic puppet. This quick movie captures the koala’s maiden outing.
INDIA’S NEW GAME
Australian Rules soccer is taking off in in India, and this doco follows the primary ever Indian group to compete on house soil in an Australian Rules match.
Vanitas is a son’s belated eulogy to his long-dead Anglo-Indian father whose modest aspirations had been crushed by unhealthy luck, ill-health and racism.
I’LL STAND WITH YOU
A brief movie devoted to taking a stance towards racism in sport.
“Baba”, which implies “Dad” in Arabic, tells the heart-warming story of Mohamad Abbas Dirani, a Lebanese-Australian immigrant, and his ambitions as a younger shepherd.
A TOUGH GIG
A brief documentary about Megan- a Mental Health nurse who describes the day by day violence she experiences working in a psychological well being unit and her ensuing Chronic Fatigue.
THE MV PORTLAND
This documentary tells the story of the MV Portland. It’s about Australian seafarers, most secure on this planet, being changed by overseas crew at $2.20 per hour. It’s pure company greed attempting to smash the employees. It’s about employees combating again and why they stood up for his or her rights “and each Aussie battler on the market
Aparicio Leon confirmed as much as work at some point solely to be taken away to be put in jail, leaving his household questioning the place he had disappeared to and if he was even nonetheless alive. He displays on his journey of survival by Chile in 1970 and what the circumstances had been like after he was launched from jail. How did the Leon household survive and immigrate Australia
Ruby moved to Melbourne to begin residing the life she wished to guide, however her household again house has different plans. Marriage in her tradition is a household affair the place everyone seems to be concerned.
A household gathers across the dinner desk to share a conventional meal of polenta. Originally a peasantry dish handed down by household strains, the serving of polenta gives an area for communal gathering and intergenerational connection.
LIVING STRUCTURES – THE ARCHITECTURE FOR LIFE
This documentary movie gives a thought-provoking narrative questioning the present state of our constructed surroundings, difficult the established order to think about how we have to embrace the buildings of nature to create locations of belonging.
When dry lightning ignites a damaging bushfire atop of Mount Canobolas threatening 156 homes and very important multi-million-dollar infrastructure, 120 volunteer firefighters deploy to cease the blaze earlier than devastation consumes their total neighborhood.
Digging curiously again into not-so-distant historical past, this doco seems to be on the creation, affect and legacy of Nicholas Meyer’s incendiary 1983 tv film The Day After, which dealt horrifically with the specter of nuclear battle, and compelled a worldwide dialog about what could possibly be finished to stop it.
Bebi Zekirovski’s My Fight is a documentary portrait of younger Australian Mitchell Bath, who spiralled down into the terrifying world of drug habit after a life crammed with ache and bullying, solely to rise once more through the life-changing sport of boxing.
A CERTAIN MOTHER
Mothers are the very spine of not simply the nation, however fairly presumably your complete world. But how do you outline a great mum? This reasoned doco sensibly doesn’t attempt, however merely introduces audiences to 4 very completely different moms from 4 very completely different elements of Australia, and permits us to observe them navigate the troublesome day-to-day of elevating a toddler.
THE LAND SPEAKS
The Land Speaks focuses on a bunch of pals unpacking their emotions of private, environmental, artistic, cultural and familial connection evoked from their land in Toora, South Gippsland which they’ve been returning to a state of biodiversity for the previous 20 years.
LIVING IN THE TIME OF DYING
Living in The Time of Dying is an unflinching have a look at what it means to be residing within the midst of local weather disaster and discovering goal and which means inside it.
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
Green Is The New Black is a narrative of ardour and goal behind an formidable environmental feat of one among Australia’s main heavy music acts, In Hearts Wake.
Tracking the lifetime of Australian chainsaw artist Leigh Conkie, Leigh is a portrait of a person who has used his experiences of abuse, destruction and loss to craft a lifetime of service, connection and which means.
After dropping her artist-father to Alzheimer’s, journalist Renée Brack confronts her personal fears by present process medical experiments as a human lab rat, risking her profession & dignity to seek out out if she too has early indicators of the illness. While on this precarious journey with devastating revelations, she discovers great methods to remain related to individuals we love residing with dementia.
MEMORIES THAT MAKE US
Memories That Make Us is a poetic, ethnographic documentary that pulls on the person and collective reminiscences of strange Italian migrants who made Victoria, Australia their house after the top of the Second World War.
The Healing is an inspiring documentary about transformation and getting a second probability in life. It explores a life-saving equine welfare program that brings traumatised ex-racehorses and traumatised navy veterans collectively to assist heal one another.
CUBA MY SOUL
Some twenty years after The Buena Vista Social Club, conventional Cuban music lives on, but it surely’s dealing with a risk from overseas kinds and a disinterested youth.
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival runs from July 1-31 (on-line) and July 21-31 in-cinema. For all ticketing, session and programming particulars, click here.