The best rock and roll documentaries offer not only performances, but behind-the-scenes glimpses of their deified subjects. Having said that, it is a Sisyphean task to narrow any list of important works and favourites to a workable 10 titles without leaving major gaps in historical evolution and musical genres.
Amongst the quartet of multi-platform projects to be supported by Screen Australia is Ringbalin, an interactive documentary from writer-director Benjamin Pederick. The announcement was made this past Monday by Screen Australia Chief Executive Ruth Harley at the Film 3.0/Making Multi-platform movies event in Sydney.
The annual Margaret Mead Film Festival is the longest running festival dedicated to documentaries in the USA. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at New York University, Faye Ginsburg was involved in the very first Margaret Mead Festival and has since become a long-term advisory board member. Familiar with Australia and SBS, Ginsburg selected three films she thought would be of interest to our audience. Here are her picks:
The Generation Next Factual and Documentary Conference will be returning to Melbourne for its second year across December 6 and 7, at the Cinema Novo on Lygon Street.
Interactive documentary gets meta with newest contribution to the form Moments of Innovation. An interactive documentary work about, well, interactive documentary, it concisely covers everything that’s exciting right now about non-fiction on the web. The boffins at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab have partnered with IDFA DocLab to create the project, which is also currently in installation form at IDFA in Amsterdam.
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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