Sydney 2020: Documentary Overview

The 67th Sydney Film Festival

June 10-21 (online)

This long-running Australian event holds an online edition this year, focused on documentaries, female filmmakers from Europe, and shorts, offering Aussie audiences 12 nonfiction features among its 19 feature presentations.


Among the world premieres in the Documentary Australia Foundation Award section are: Ili Baré’s THE LEADERSHIP, which follows international STEM professionals on a leadership-focused trip to Antarctica; Ros Horin’s ROSEMARY’S WAY, a profile of a liaison to a community of migrant women in Sydney; Robynne Murphy’s WOMEN OF STEEL, about the battle waged by women to work in Australia’s steel industry; Tom Murray’s THE SKIN OF OTHERS, which reveals the story of famed Aboriginal figure, Douglas Grant; and Jakeb Anhvu’s A HUNDRED YEARS OF HAPPINESS, which follows preparations for a Vietnamese woman’s arranged marriage.


The Europe! Voices of Women in Film strand also includes a few documentaries, including Marta Pulk’s A YEAR FULL OF DRAMA, about a theatre neophyte who agrees to watch all of Estonia’s productions for a full year; and Sandra Beerends’ THEY CALL ME BABU, a hybrid biography of an Indonesian nanny during WWII.

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