Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Film, Documentary
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Photograph: Supplied Rise of the Synths

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See a bunch of great short and feature-length documentaries direct from the world’s best film festivals

Melbourne Documentary Festival goes online for its 2020 edition but promises a superb line-up of gripping, thought-provoking non-fiction movies. 

More than half the films shown will be Australian, more than 45 are from women directors, and more than 90 are coming direct from major international festivals such as Slamdance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and Hot Docs.

Highlights from Australia include The Boy Who Said No, tackling the Vietnam war draft resistance movement; and Wongar, about the controversial Serbian-Australian writer who has dedicated his career to writing about the status of indigenous Australians.

Music docs include Rise of the Synths, narrated by filmmaker/composer John Carpenter, which explores the rise of Synthwave music and its current resurgence (think the theme tune to Stranger Things). Swans: Where Does a Body End? profiles the experimental US rock band and their dark, apocalyptic output.

Film buffs will beeline for Forman vs Forman, a profile of the Oscar-winning Czech director Milos Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Notorious author of The Game Neil Strauss and his cult of “pickup artists” are under the microscope in The Pickup Game, and Paradise Without People is the wrenching first documentary produced by Time magazine and follows the divergent fates of two Syrian women who both give birth in the same Greek hospital while seeking asylum.

Find out more at the website.  


By: Time Out editors


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