Melbourne 2017: Documentary Overview

The 66th Melbourne International Film Festival

August 3-20

This long-running Australian event showcases approximately 200 features, among them more than 75 documentaries.

Among the scheduled world premieres at the festival are several Aussie features, including its as-yet untitled Closing Night Gala presentation of Paul Williams’ portrait of the blind indigenous Australian singer Dr G Yunupingu, who just passed away last week; Eddie Martin’s intimate portrait of Aussie contemporary and street artist Anthony Lister, HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS? (pictured); Sera Davies’ look at the efforts of an indigenous artist’s family to reclaim his work, NAMATJIRA PROJECT; Naina Sen’s look at the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, THE SONG KEEPERS; and Ben Strunin’s chronicle of the collaboration between modern and ancient song traditions, WESTWIND: DJALU’S LEGACY.

International nonfiction appearing at the event includes Ali Soozandeh’s TEHRAN TABOO, which uses animation to reveal the sexual taboos of Iranian society; Margarete Kreuzer’s REVOLUTION OF SOUND. TANGERINE DREAM, on the 1980s German synth-rock band; Daniel Borgman’s hybrid LOVING PIA, about an intellectually disabled woman and her elderly mother; and Maud Alpi’s hybrid STILL LIFE (pictured), a dog’s eye view of a slaughterhouse.

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