Stories from Australia – A Festival of Award Winning Films

Stories from Australia – A Festival of Award Winning Films


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Stories from Australia – A Festival of Award Winning Films
A festival of contemporary documentary films presenting the prestigious Walkley Award winners. The festival includes screening of nine seminal films; a discussion; and interactive sessions with two filmmakers. Organised in collaboration with the Walkley Foundation, Australia.

Schedule : 

17th July : 
6:30 pm
By Ms Jacqui Park, Director, Walkley Foundation, Australia
Divorce Aussie Islamic Way (57 min; 2011; dvd; English)
Director: Jennifer Crone
How do couples with differing social and religious customs go about formally breaking up? This revealing and fascinating film takes us into the world of Islamic divorce, as viewed by the couples involved, their families and the sheikhs – the Australian Islamic Judicial Council, an unofficial group of sheikhs based in Sydney
Closing Ranks (45 min; 2012; dvd; English)
Directors: Quentin McDermott, Morag Ramsay & Kevin May
Reporter Quentin McDermott puts together a forensic account of the events leading to the death of a young man
18th July : 
6:30 pm
Then the Wind Changed (57 min; 2012; dvd; English)
Directed by Celeste Geer who will introduce the film
Recipient of the 2012 Walkley Award for Best Documentary
On 7 February 2009, Australia suffered its worst natural disaster in recorded history. A firestorm of cyclonic fury swept across Victoria and 173 lives were lost. Through this intimate observation of ordinary people responding to an extraordinary event Then the Wind Changed offers a tender insight into humans’ amazing potential to manage adversity and rise from despair
In Conversation
Celeste Geer in conversation with Anupama Srinivasan, filmmaker
19th July : 
6:00 pm 
Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta (164 min; 2012; dvd; English)
Director: Jacob Hickey

The untold story of how the Vietnamese community in Cabramatta overcame the odds and found their place in multicultural Australia
20th July : 
10:00 am : 
Scarlet Road (106 min; 2011; dvd; English)
Directors: Catherine Scott & Pat Fiske
The film follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long-overlooked clientele – people with disability
At 12:00
The Tall Man (78 min; 2011; dvd; English)
Director: Tony Krawitz
Recipient of the 2011 Walkley Award for Best Documentary; and Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in Documentary Features 2012
When Cameron Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station, his injuries were like those of someone who had been in a car crash. The police claimed he had tripped on a step…
At 14:00
Go Back to Where You Came From – Season I
(216 min; 2011; dvd; English)
Directed by Rick McPhee who will introduce the film
In this groundbreaking three part series, six ordinary Australians agree to challenge their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers by embarking on a confronting 25 day journey tracing in reverse the journeys that refugees have taken to reach Australia
Screening will be followed by a discussion with Rick McPhee who will talk about the making of the series and on contemporary Australian documentaries
At 18:45
Mrs Carey’s Concert (95 min; 2011; dvd; English)
Directors: Bob Connolly & Sophie Raymond
Mrs Carey’s Concert is about music making and coming of age, about talent and courage, compliance and rebellion

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