Genetic manipulation, ancient beasts, melting permafrost and international intrigue - Join us on Saturday August 4 at 3:45pm for a screening and Q&A on Genesis 2.0.
Festival Co-Founder Simon Weaving will be in conversation with Vicki Locke, Intellectual Property Manager at CSIRO and Professor Thomas Faunce from the ANU College of Law.
Selma Vilhunen is a multi-talented Finnish writer/director of both fiction and documentary films. Her latest is Hobbyhorse Revolution - a feel-good look at the obsessions and delights of Finnish teenage girls immersed in the competitive world of the hobbyhorse…
Who are the cleaners, how much power do they have over what we see or don't see - and what kind of effect does this work have on a person?
In this gripping neon-lit documentary, all these questions and more will be asked, and possibly answered. Stronger Than Fiction's screening of The Cleaners will be introduced by Emerson Sanchez.
Gabrielle Brady’s debut feature is amongst a strong lineage of films about asylum seekers, but it is wholly unlike any of them. Hypnotic and at times surreal, the film focuses on Poh Lin – a trauma therapist working at the Christmas Island Detention Centre.
Catherine Scott is an Australian director, writer and producer with a long career in documentary for television. The Backtrack Boys is Scott's latest feature - Winner of the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival 2018. The film is a deeply moving study of three Aussie boys who join an extraordinary outback program as a way of staying out of jail.
When programming the festival, we strive to bring both the best documentaries, and most compelling films that bring out issues for discussion This year, one recurring theme through our films is that of fatherhood - what it means to be a father, what our fatherly relationships look like, and how this plays across the breadth of human experience.
Continuing our showcase of female directors, Adina Pintilie is a Romanian-born writer/director. Her latest film is the cutting edge and controversial Touch Me Not, screening at Stronger Than Fiction this year.
This is Adina’s first full-length feature and it won her the Golden Bear at Berlin in February this year, one of the biggest prizes in the film world.
We're particularly proud of the role that women directors play in this extraordinary selection of documentaries this year.
Christy Garland is an acclaimed Canadian director. Thanks to the High Commission of Canada, we are thrilled that Garland will be joining us for a Q and A screening of What Walaa Wants.