Category Archives: Films

I am a girl by Rebecca Barry

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There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.

As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.

I AM A GIRL is an inspirational feature length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Feminism may have promised equality and sought a better and fairer world for women but the reality is that girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population yet still face the greatest discrimination of any group in the world. Technology and science offer unimaginable potential but we still struggle to ensure men and women are afforded equal opportunities. Yet in spite of these obstacles, girls have found extraordinary ways to persevere and in our documentary we hear their stories of strength, hope, courage and a refusal to be second best.

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Stylistically the documentary interviews coupled with the poetic and observational, capturing the day-to-day realities of being a girl. The interwoven narratives use the motifs of nature and “coming of age” events, whether that be graduating from school, motherhood or an early marriage.

Our journey takes the audience through a pastiche of diverse cultures and societies around the globe including Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.iamagirl.com.au/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3089442/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamagirldoco
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_a_Girl

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The Big Lap by Steve Baile

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Synopsis:

Have you ever dreamed of taking a year or two and driving around Australia You’re not alone!

From backpackers to couples, families to grey nomads, more and more people are turning their back on the rat race and heading off in search of adventure on a ‘Big Lap’ of this incredible continent . . . Australia. But is it just really one bug holiday…..Big-Lap-Christmas-Pack1

For the Baile family, Steve, Jen and their daughters Savanna and Sara, finally hitting the road was the realisation of over seven years of dreaming and planning and at times it seemed their ‘big trip’ would never get off the ground.

From the time they decided to go to the day they drove out of the driveway there were many factors that could have easily derailed their plans – they had two babies, they had to sell their printing business and their house, and they spent two years saving just to be able to afford to go at all.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.expeditionaustralia.com.au/thebiglap/
Buy: https://expedition-australia.myshopify.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExpeditionAustralia

Broke by Heath Davis

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An old working class man named Cec stumbles upon his favourite footy star come gambling addict, Ben “BK” Kelly, at the end of his shift as a train station guard.
Taking pity on the one-time local legend, who he admired for his on field fortitude, Cec offers to take the now homeless Ben home for the night where he resides with his single mother daughter and fellow footy tragic, Terri.
Unable to resist his urge, Ben’s addiction gets the better of him when in the middle of the night he robs the low income family of their modest possessions (even taking Cec’s dead wife’s urn) and hocks them to the local pawnbroker/local crime lord, Neck.
BK is found by police, and Cec, spending the stolen goods money on the pokies at a local dive bar, where he is known to frequent at all hours of the day.
Just one more misdemeanour away from being sent to lock up, BK is thrown a life line when Cec decides not to press charges but actually take him in permanently and help the former Daly M Medallist turn his life around much to the detest of local cop and BK’s former team-mate, Sherro.
Through Cec’s guidance and Terri’s love, Ben sets about winning back the respect of his family, friends, community and himself.20140125173603-22
However, his journey back to the winner’s circle is thwarted when he’s confronted by closed door after closed door. Thus Ben is forced to dig deep and apply the courage and spirit he once displayed on the field to his personal life.
Showing resolute determination and proving his good intentions are exactly that, BK slowly wins back their trust and gets the townsfolk back onside when he’s invited to coach a junior footy team, gets a job from an old nemesis, and seeks treatment for his gambling habit.
However, just when it seems BK’s life is about to get back on track his resolve is put to the biggest test yet when Neck blackmails him into committing a crime as payback on a favour.
BK initially declines. But when Neck threatens to hurt Cec and Terri, BK is forced against his will to carry out the job, which ends in tragedy – BK is incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter where he uses his footy and life knowledge to assist young inmates in their rehabilitation.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/broke-feature-film
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3444616/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1

Rough Stuff by Jonathan Adams

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Christopher “Buzz” Burroughs will take any job that pays, leading him and his small band of Rovers into wild off-road adventures in the Australian outback.
Off the highways and beyond the furthest posts is a lawless land where outcasts go to escape their pasts and start anew. “Buzz” Burroughs, living on the fringes of society, will take any job that pays, leading him and his small band of Rovers into wild off-road adventures in the Australian outback.
In serious need of some cash, the Rovers team up with an activist documentary crew in a journey through the impenetrable Mamuya Valley in search of the legendary Stray’s Gold.
However, the activists’ fanatical leader, Eric, has other ideas, betraying the Rovers to achieve his explosive goal. Left for dead, the Rovers’ skills and friendship are put to the test as Buzz’s past catches up with him – the Ranger, an infamous and cunning bounty hunter, has come to collect on old debts.
His options running out, Buzz has to decide – does he claim the gold he’s been searching for his entire life, or does he risk his own skin to stop Eric’s life-threatening plan?10511383_700897066671025_5149171037272196180_o
Rough Stuff is a comedy-adventure full of mud, friendship, mud, love, sex, mud and good old fashioned ‘get your hands dirty’ adventure. It’s the “Mudsploitation” event the world has been waiting for!

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.roughstuffmovie.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4111826/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roughstuffmovie

Backyard Ashes by Mark Grentell

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Where legends are born Dougie Waters loves nothing more than a weekend barbie and cricket match with his mates. But his paradise on earth is destroyed when his best mate and neighbour Norm is forced to leave town and their new boss, a pompous English administrator named Edward Lords, moves in.
The animosity between the two peaks during one fateful backyard cricket match when Dougie hits a ball that accidentally stuns Edward’s prize winning cat, Dexter. The cat falls into the roaring BBQ and is instantly incinerated, leaving only ashes.
Dougie’s son captures footage of the unfortunate event on camera and it is uploaded onto the internet where the video instantly goes viral! The idea of a backyard cricketing challenge is hatched, with the winner keeping the ashes of Edward’s deceased cat, Dexter. The two teams battle it out in the greatest game of backyard cricket ever for the Backyard Ashes.553769-0d7c6554-469b-11e3-b366-b430cfe3cfdd

Audiences who loved Australian comedies like THE CASTLE, BODYLINE, THE NUGGET and CRACKERJACK are the same audiences will get up and scream “HOWZAT!!” when they watch BACKYARD ASHES.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.backyardashes.com.au
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3273644/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BackyardAshesTheMovie

Tender by Lynette Wallworth

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Set against the stunning backdrop of the industrial seaside town of Port Kembla, a feisty and resilient community group have determined to take back the responsibility that most of us leave to someone else – to care for their own dead. Scattered throughout are stories that cut to the core revealing why this small band have decided to take on a practice that for most is taboo.

tenderAs their plans for community-based funerals gather momentum one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. TENDER is at once a heartbreakingly beautiful and beautifully funny glimpse of an extraordinary community taking on one of the most essential challenges of human life…its end.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.tenderdocumentary.com.au/#synopsis
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3323714/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tenderdocumentary

The Last Impresario by Gracie Otto

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About the film:

Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. The London theatre and film impresario produced over 300 shows and movies over the last 50 years. Bringing to the stage the risqué productions of Oh! Calcutta!, The Rocky Horror Show and to the screen Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, as well as introducing Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Yoko Ono to London audiences, he irrevocably shaped the cultural scene of 1970s London. Fondly known as ‘Chalky’ by his friends, he is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there’s no tomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life character. Following a chance encounter with White in Cannes 2010, Gracie Otto has created an intriguing tribute to a truly fascinating entertainment figure with a remarkable cultural legacy.

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Meeting Michael was such a life changing moment for Otto and the beginning of a filmmaking journey which spanned 6 cities and 4 countries, Throughout the interview process Otto discovered the significant role White played in film and theatre history yet remained so enigmatic – until now. Michael White moved within an incredible circle of cultural icons, he was always the life of the party and he still lives in the moment even in his late seventies. The Last Impresario offers a trip down memory lane and a historical snapshot of an era that has significantly shaped film, theatre, dance and art.

Interviewees include: Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Naomi Watts, Barry Humphries, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Greta Scacchi, Nigel Planer, Robert Fox, Alan Yentob, Rachel Ward, Jim Sharman, Brian Thomson, Richard O’Brien, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Lyndall Hobbs, Sarah Hillsdon, Joshua White, Peter Richardson, John Waters, Alan Finkelstein, Lorne Michaels, Lou Adler, Sabrina Guinness, Wallace Shawn, Tracy Tynan, Andre Gregory, Jean Pigozzi and of course the man himself Michael White.

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Synopsis:

Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. A notorious London theatre and film impresario, playboy, gambler, bon vivant, eccentric friend of the rich and famous, he is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there’s no tomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life character. Featuring interviews with many of his closest friends including John Cleese, Naomi Watts, Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, John Waters, Barry Humphries and of course, the man himself.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.thelastimpresario.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3164244/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelastimpresario
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Impresario