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NEW RELEASE: National Gallery

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

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NEW RELEASE: Compliance

When a prank caller claiming to be a police officer convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed.

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FEATURED: The Hungry Tide

Maria Timon, a Kiribati woman living in Sydney, has the task of alerting the world to her sinking homeland. Sea level rise is threatening the lives of 110,00 people spread over 33 atolls in this remote corner of the Pacific.

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NEW RELEASE: Chuck Close

A renowned photo-realist, Close's artistic glory is his talent for creating remarkably true-to-life portraits of famous friends and peers.

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NEW RELEASE: Shut Up And Play The Hits

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden.

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FEATURED: American Radical: The Trials Of Norman Finkelstein

About the life and work of controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein.

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8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.

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NEW RELEASE: Venus and Serena

Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment.

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FEATURED: RIP: A Remix Manifesto

In RIP: A Remix Manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age.

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NEW RELEASE: The Angel's Share

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf.

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NEW RELEASE: Aim High In Creation

Determined to stop a gas mine being built near her inner-city Sydney home, Anna Broinowski, in a world first, goes to North Korea to meet the masters of propaganda filmmaking.

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FEATURED: Island Home Country

A poetic cine-essay about race and Australia’s colonised history and how it impacts into the present.

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date: 4th Oct 2015

tags: Culture, Documentary, Media, Sport

Just in time for the Rugby League grandfinal, beamafilm is bringing back the popular documentary Footy Chicks. An alternative look into the sport where sex, fame and relationships are explored. Check it out before the game this afternoon!


date: 1st Oct 2015

tags: Art, Culture, Documentary, Society

Frederik Wiseman brings us another great film. On Trafalgar Square, in London, sits a window into another world – the National Gallery.


date: 30th Sep 2015

tags: Drama, Law

How far would you go to obey the voice of authority? “Compliance” is a terrifying thriller that asks the audience that very question – and it’s even more frightening because it’s based on fact.


Chuck Close

date: 25th Sep 2015

tags: Art, Biography, Documentary

CHUCK CLOSE, an astounding portrait of one of the world’s leading contemporary painters, was one of two parting gifts from the late filmmaker Marion Cajori, the second being “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine”. With editing completed by filmmaker Ken Kobland, Chuck Close depicts the life and work of a man who has reinvented portraiture and triumphed in the face of adversity.


Shut Up and Play the Hits

date: 21st Sep 2015

tags: Culture, Documentary, Music

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. “Shut Up And Play the Hits” documents this once in a life time performance, and provides an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision to break up the band. 

Ping Pong

date: 17th Sep 2015

tags: Documentary, Health, Sport

“Ping Pong” follows eight pensioners from around the world as they train for and compete in the over 80’s table tennis world championship in Inner Mongolia. As this fun, inspiring film’s tagline proclaims “You’re never too old for gold!”

The Hollow Men

date: 15th Sep 2015

tags: Documentary, Politics

Politics is a dirty business. Award-winning documentary maker Alister Barry (Someone Else’s Country, In a Land of Plenty) brings this exposé of behind-the-scenes politics in an all-too-real political thriller.

Venus and Serena

date: 14th Sep 2015

tags: Biography, Documentary, Sport

With the US Open having reached its stunning conclusion, take a look at two of tennis’ greatest legends: the sisters Serena and Venus Williams. Ever since Venus and Serena started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions – from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. Find out the behind-the-scenes stories of these extraordinary women and their success.


Hungry Tide

date: 11th Sep 2015

tags: Activism, Documentary, Environment

Climate change and rising water levels mean that the island nation of Kiribati is in danger of being submerged. As President Anote Tong urges the Australian and New Zealand governments to be more proactive about climate change, its population must come to grips with the idea of abandoning their country. “The Hungry Tide” examines Kiribati’s dire situation.


Angel's Share

date: 7th Sep 2015

tags: Crime, Drama, Fiction Film

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. “The Angel’s Share” is a fine whisky of a film directed by award-winning director Ken Loach.


Aim High in Creation

date: 3rd Sep 2015

tags: Documentary, Environment, Film, Politics

Determined to stop a gas mine being built near her inner-city Sydney home, Anna Broinowski, in a world first, goes to North Korea to meet the masters of propaganda filmmaking, who teach her how to make a revolutionary drama in which “heroic workers” overthrow the “evil gas miners” – all executed in the Dear Leader’s proudly melodramatic style. Back in Sydney, Anna’s brave western cast follow the North Koreans’ instructions, culminating in an uplifting, anti-capitalist drama.


In Real Life

date: 31st Aug 2015

tags: Culture, Documentary, Internet

InRealLife asks: what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children? Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron suggests that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world. Beguiling and glittering on the outside, it can be alienating and addictive. 

Finding Vivian Maier

date: 27th Aug 2015

tags: Art, Biography, Documentary

When John Maloof bought an unmarked box of undeveloped negatives back in 2007, he had no idea that he had just stumbled upon one of the 20th century’s most important troves of street photography and self/portraiture. The photographer: Vivian Maier, a secretive and eccentric nanny who over the course of more than three decades took tens of thousands of photos of everyday urban life – and showed them to no one.


Inside Out

date: 25th Aug 2015

tags: Activism, Art, Culture, Documentary

Inside Out is a film about the french artist JR giving away his method and the inspiring stories that follow. JR won the TED Prize in 2011. Then he gave his prize (the wish to ‘turn the world Inside Out’) and his art back to the people, creating a global participatory art project inviting people to stand up for what they care about through the power of their own image.


Banksy Does New York

date: 20th Aug 2015

tags: Activism, Art, Documentary

Banksy is revered and reviled, considered both a vandal and a genius. Completely anonymous, he is nevertheless without question one of the world’s best known living artists. Over the course of a month-long residency in New York in October 2013, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art.



date: 18th Aug 2015

tags: Activism, Biography, Politics

American Radical is the probing, definitive documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critics of Israel and US Mid-East policy, and author of five provocative books including, “The Holocaust Industry”.


Dior and I

date: 17th Aug 2015

tags: Documentary, Fashion

DIOR AND I is a tantalising ‘behind-the-seams’ glimpse at the making of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection for Christian Dior in 2012. Established in the fashion world as a minimalist designer, Simons has both his reputation and the legacy of Dior on the line when appointed Creative Director of the iconic Parisian brand.


Decline of Western Civilization 3

date: 13th Aug 2015

tags: Culture, Documentary, Music, Society

The final film in Penelope Spheeris’ ground breaking “The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization” is out now! In 1981 Spheeris explored the punk rock culture and in 1988 she turned her lens on heavy metal. In Part III, made ten years later, she delves into the harsh, anti-establishment world of “gutter punk”.


Rip a Remix Manifesto

date: 12th Aug 2015

tags: Culture, Documentary, Internet, Law, Media, Music

Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with Rip!: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.

Alice Cooper

date: 11th Aug 2015

tags: Documentary, Music, Society

Calling all metalheads! Part II of Penelope Spheeris’ ground breaking Decline of Western Civilization trilogy follows the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on the glam metal subgenre. Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley – they’re all here…


Decline and Fall of Western Civilization

date: 6th Aug 2015

tags: Humanities, Music

Hold on to your pool chairs! All three of Penelope Spheeris’ entertaining, heartbreaking and iconic Decline of Western Civilization documentaries – the films chronicling L.A.’s hardcore punk, hair-metal and gutter-punk phenomena – have been lovingly restored!

Picasso and Braque

date: 3rd Aug 2015

tags: Art, Film, History

Born at the same time as cinema itself and both avid cinephiles, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were pioneering figures in the world of modern art. With the Cubist movement they helped to establish the changing face of modern art forever. PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES examines the possible aesthetic link between the advent of the cinema and the Cubist movement.



date: 1st Aug 2015

tags: Activism, Environment

The true story of Luna, a young, wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds


date: 30th Jul 2015

tags: Documentary, Politics

Gordon Graham has 100 acres of land in West Auckland, home to his car wrecking business and a community of largely destitute men who camp on the property. It is a community and a place fondly known as “Gordonia”. But according to the local council, it is also a “designated scenic area”.

Stones in the Park

date: 27th Jul 2015

tags: Documentary, Music

“The Stones in the Park” is one the most legendary concerts in rock’n’roll history. Now, you can see it for yourself. “The Stones in the Park” was a free outdoor concert held in Hyde Park on the 5th of July, 1969, to introduce the Rolling Stones’s new guitarist Mick Taylor. It was the first Stones concert in two years.

That Sugar Film

date: 24th Jul 2015

tags: Health, Information

See the film that’s making waves across the world. “That Sugar Film” asks the question – do you really know what’s in your ‘healthy’ food? “That Sugar Film” is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar.



date: 21st Jul 2015

tags: Documentary, Humanities

Is the modern education system really the best way to learn? Director of WE FEED THE WORLD, Erwin Wagenhofer, approaches the subject of education much more comprehensively and radically then is usually the case. Almost all discussions of education limit themselves to considering forms of competitive schooling, in which performance is celebrated above all else. Wagenhofer, by way of contrast, pursues the thought-structures behind this: what we learn shapes our reserves of knowledge, but it is how we learn that shapes our way of thinking.


date: 16th Jul 2015

tags: Drama, War

In the lawless Pashtun tribal areas of Pakistan lies Darra Adam Khel, a town where the local industry is the handcrafting of firearms. It has been this way since long before the “War on Terror”. Eleven-year-old Niaz Alfridi works with his gunsmith father Sher Alam, learning how to make and test weapons. A former mujahideen, Sher Alam expects his only son to carry on the family business, but Niaz has different ideas—he wants to go to school.


date: 14th Jul 2015

tags: Art, Documentary, Environment, History, Society

This week we have another film from legendary doco director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club). In The Salt Of The Earth we follow photographer Sebastião Salgado over a 40 year journey as he travels the world to discover the very best and very worst our humanity has to offer.


date: 7th Jul 2015

tags: Documentary, Environment, Politics

We hear so much about how our environment is suffering and how everyday, global warming is becoming more and more of an issue that we need to address. But how did we get here? A Crude Awakening looks into the cost of our most valuable, non-renewable resource and the effects it has on us economically, environmentally and socially.


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