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thumbnail Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019 Australia)

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Directors:  Richard Lowenstein
Starring: Micheal Hutchence
Genre: Documentary
Duration:  102 mins

A powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.
At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head lead to a series of personal battles ending tragically with his death at the age of 37, the night before embarking on a world tour.

The advertised film, Big Fish and Begonia , is not available for screening due to film distributor issues.

thumbnail Westwood: Punk Activist Icon (2018 Britain)

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Director: Lorna Tucker
Starring:  Christina Hendricks, Kate Moss, André Leon Talley
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 84 mins

Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

thumbnail The Price of Everything (2018 USA)

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Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Starring:  Amy Cappellazzo, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Genre:  Documentary
Duration: 98 mins

With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, The Price of Everything dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a mirror up to our values and our times where everything can be bought and sold. Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary asks why some artists draw huge multimillion-dollar bids at auction houses while the work of others goes barely noticed. Jeff Koons, famed for his stainless-steel replicas of balloon creatures and outsized sculptural celebrations of sublime and banal iconography, is arguably, the most successful living artist. Yet many of his recent works are made by a battalion of fabricating minions. Painter Larry Poons, on the other hand, was once considered a peer of Frank Stella and Jasper Johns but, seemingly unbothered by success, he ploughs on untroubled by wealth or acclaim, working away on his lusciously colourful abstractions in his upstate New York studio.

thumbnail Mountain (2017 Australia)

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Director: Jennifer Peedom
Starring: Willem Dafoe
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 76 mins

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? ‘Mountain’ is a cinematic and musical collaboration between acclaimed director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Shot by the world’s best adventure cinematographers and written by best selling author Robert Macfarlane, this feature documentary explores the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with mountains. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.

thumbnail The Judge (2017 Palestine)

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Director: Erika Cohn
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 76 mins

When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. A unique portrait of Judge Kholoud – her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, it presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine-custody of children, divorce, abuse-while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

thumbnail The Go-Betweens: Right Here (2017 Australia)

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Director: Kriv Stenders
Starring: Robert Forster, Mark Callaghan, Clinton Walker
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 95 mins

On May 6th 2006, on a Saturday afternoon while preparing a housewarming party, singer/songwriter Grant McLennan died of a heart attack. His tragic death brought an end to one of Australia’s greatest musical partnerships. McLennan and Robert Forster,
the founding members of seminal Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, had been close friends and collaborators for 30 years. Their body of work across countless group and solo albums is now recognised around the world as some of the greatest ever created in this country. The legacy they and their fellow band members forged through the late 70s, 80s and into the 2000s has now become the stuff of rock music legend. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, The Go-Betweens: Right Here tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.

thumbnail I am Not Your Negro (2016 USA)

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Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte
Genre: Documentary
Minutes: 93 mins

Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, it would be hard to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history. To call it a movie about James Baldwin would be to understate Raoul Peck’s achievement. It’s more of a posthumous collaboration, an uncanny and thrilling communion between the filmmaker and his subject. The voice-over narration (read by Samuel L. Jackson) is entirely drawn from Baldwin’s work. Much of it comes from notes and letters written in the mid-1970s, when Baldwin was somewhat reluctantly sketching out a book, never to be completed, about the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

thumbnail The Salt of the Earth (2015 Brazil)

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Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Starring: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 110 mins

The amazing monochrome images created by 71-year-old Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado are the subject of this deeply considered documentary study, co-directed by Wim Wenders and the photographer’s son, Juliano Salgado. The pictures are the result of Salgado’s remarkable 40-year career as a photojournalist and self-described “witness to the human condition”. Salgado took stunning pictures in South America, Africa and central Europe, paying tribute to peoples who are dispossessed. He speaks to the camera here about his life and work. Wenders says that compassion fuels Salgado’s vision, humanity being the salt of the earth.

thumbnail The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble (2015 USA )

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Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor
Genre: Music documentary
Duration: 96 mins

“I’m always trying to figure out who I am and how I fit in the world that I share with seven billion other people,” Mr. Ma says early in the film. That curiosity led him to assemble the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of some 50 musicians and artists from across the globe. “This was like the Manhattan Project of music” one interviewee says of the group, founded in 2000. Director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) knows how to capture the magic of performance and how to encourage professionals to speak plainly. He profiles its members who speak about threatened traditions, the relevance of music in a violent world and the stress of staying true to one’s art while mixing styles.

thumbnail The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016 UK)

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Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon
Genre: Documentary

Duration: 100 mins

Documentary about The Beatles’ assault on America and the change it wrought upon the volatile American landscape. Director Ron Howard has mixed archival footage conjuring the pandemonium of the times with interviews that put the tours into social and musical context.Their entire set at Shea Stadium follows the film. Originally shot on 35mm film, the sound was remastered by Giles Martin, son of Beatles’ producer George Martin.