Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit (Paul Gurrumuruwuy; Fiona Yangathu; Jennifer Deger; David Mackenzie, 2012) is an observational documentary filmed in Gapuwiyak, northeast Arnhem Land.
The First Fagin is an Australian docu-drama set for theatrical release on November 15. It is the story of Ikey Solomon, a Jewish Englishman, the most famous criminal of his time, who made his way to Australia under extraordinary circumstances in the 19th century. Solomon is widely believed to be the inspiration behind the character, Fagin in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty, a documentary about an innovative Connecticut-based company of choreographers and dancer/athletes, is in the middle of its festival run. The film premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in California, screened at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and will have its New York premiere at DOCNYC next month.
When Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Queen of Versailles premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the compelling depiction of wealth, excess and hubris drew a range of responses. On one hand, there were admiring notices praising Greenfield, a leading American photographer turned filmmaker, for using the story of 74-year-old business tycoon David Siegel and his 45-year-old wife Jackie and their struggle to endure the Global Financial Crisis, as a means of charting the end of an era that reached into every corner of American life. On the other hand, David Siegel sued Greenfield and those associated with the movie for defamation.
Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Rory Kennedy is the 11th child of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, the former US Attorney General, Democratic Senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy. Rory Kennedy spoke to Kylie Boltin about her portrait film, Ethel – a personal and political narrative that intersects the story of her mother with major events of the 20th century.
The autobiographical documentary, Fortunate Son: A Love Story sees Montreal filmmaker Tony Asimakopoulos turn his camera on his own family to create a portrait of love, loss and acceptance. Inspired by the filmmaker’s desire to chart a major crossroad in his life - a past life of drug abuse and his impending wedding - he spoke with Kylie Boltin before the film’s Australian premiere at the 2012 Greek Film Festival.
Gotham Chopra is a journalist and filmmaker. He is also the son of spiritual icon Deepak Chopra. In his new documentary Decoding Deepak, Chopra follows his father over the course of a year to decipher the ‘real’ man behind the public figure who is followed by so many across the globe. The documentary, distributed by Snag Films, opens in select U.S. cinemas on October 5. Gotham spoke to Kylie Boltin on the eve of his film’s release.
Ranu Ghosh is a filmmaker to watch. Ethical and determined, she filmed Kolkata factory worker, Shambhu Prasad Singh for four years as he single-handedly resisted eviction at the hands of powerful corporate interests. Now, facing the Indian censorship board, Ghosh talks about the status of her film in India.
At this year’s Telluride Film Festival, Roger Corman was awarded the Silver Medallion, a tribute to his extraordinary career as one of Hollywood’s most prolific writer/director/producers with more than 300 films to his name. Alex Stapleton’s documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel was presented as part of his tribute.
Since its debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Give Up Tomorrow has continued its outreach campaign to exonerate the film’s subject, Paco Larrañaga and the six co-accused young men arrested and jailed in the Philippines in 1997. The film screened recently in the Philippines as part of Cinemalaya 2012. I spoke to director Michael Collins in NYC following this landmark premiere.
Patrick Lindsay's book shows that to understand the Anzac spirit we must first understand the spirit of Gallipoli.
The untold story of Australian soldiers caught up in war and revolution during the invasion of Russia in 1918-1919.
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