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thumbnail Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love (2019 UK)

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Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring:  
Nick Broomfield, Marianne Ihlen, Leonard Cohen
Genre
:  Documentary
Duration:   
97 mins                     Rated R

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

thumbnail The Eulogy (2018 Australia)

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Director: Janine Hosking
Starring:   –
Genre:
Documentary
Duration:    
100 mins

Drawn from Paul Keating’s searing eulogy at Geoffrey Tozer’s funeral, The Eulogy tells the compelling and tragic story of this unrecognised Australian musician. Tracing the rise and fall of Tozer, the documentary attempts to understand why this virtuoso pianist died alone and destitute at the age of 54. Paul Keating argues that Geoffrey Tozer was the best pianist that Australia has ever produced. What went wrong? In his quest for answers to that question, Melbourne-based conductor and music educator Richard Gill interviews Tozer’s brother, friends and colleagues. Keating recreates his controversial eulogy delivered at Tozer’s funeral in which he accused the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras of neglecting Tozer through ‘indifference’ and ‘contempt’.

thumbnail The Disappearance of My Mother (2019 Italy )

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Director: Beniamino Barrese
Starring:  
Carlotta Antonelli, Beniamino Barrese, Benedetta Barzini
Genre:  
Documentary
Duration:   
94 mins

Benedetta Barzini at the age of 75 wants to disappear. Her desire began when she was quite young. In her teenage diary, Barzini wrote that her mother, who came from a wealthy Italian family, cared only about money and saw her daughter’s beauty as a commodity. Out of spite, Barzini stopped eating. As her anorexia progressed, she found pleasure in watching her body vanish. That body, thin and athletic, and her strong-boned, perfectly proportioned face made her a “supermodel” in the mid-’60s. She became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970’s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. As her son Beniamino witnesses her journey, the making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta – the image of her liberation.

thumbnail We Don’t Need a Map (2017 Australia)

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Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring:   –
Genre:
Documentary
Duration:    87 mins

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people. One of Australia’s leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head-on in this bold, poetic essay-film. We Don’t Need a Map asks questions about where the Southern Cross sits in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.

thumbnail Pavarotti (2019 Italy)

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Director: Ron Howard
Starring:  
Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Griminelli, Nicoletta Mantovani
Genre:  
Documentary
Duration:    
114 mins

From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winning director Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of the Voice…the Man…the Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage.

thumbnail Anthropocene: the Human Epoch (2018 Canada)

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Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Starring:  
Alicia Vikander
Genre:  
Documentary
Duration:    
87 mins

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch puts a frightening twist on the standard nature documentary. Rather than exalting the awesome beauty of landscapes or animals, it captures alarming ways in which that beauty has been disturbed. The movie takes its cues from the research of the Anthropocene Working Group, a team of scientists who in 2016 recommended a formal declaration of the end of Earth’s Holocene epoch, which began as many as 12,000 years ago. They argued that we are now in a new geologic phase, the Anthropocene epoch — a time when humans now change the Earth more than all the planet’s natural processes combined. The film hops from continent to continent to depict the scale of those disruptions, which at times have an almost science fiction quality.

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.