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FLAMBOYANT, TALENTED, CHARMING... A TRUE INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY - WHO IS MICHAEL WHITE?

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NEW RELEASE: Walking The Camino

Walking the Camino captures the trials and tribulations of six modern-day adventurers equipped with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind on the epic 500-mile pilgrimage along Spain’s 1200 year-old Camino de Santiago.

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NEW RELEASE: The Man From Coxs River

In a forbidden valley 100 kilometres from Sydney runs a river where the wild horses run free... Can two very different men work together to save them?

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GAYBY BABY is a portrait of four kids - Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham - whose parents all happen to be gay.

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A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema.

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Six brothers, known as The Wolfpack, grew up surrounded by the bustling electricity of New York City, but were trapped within the confines of their Lower East Side apartment.

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NEW RELEASE: ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Highlights And Official Film

Relive the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, arguably the greatest cricket tournament on the planet, from the stunning Opening Ceremony to its exciting climax in Mumbai.

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NEW RELEASE: Do I Sound Gay?

Why do some people "sound gay" but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment?

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NEW RELEASE: How To Change The World

In 1971, a group of friends sailed into a nuclear test zone. Their protest captured the world’s imagination.

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IRIS pairs legendary documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old New York style icon and muse.

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Last Impresario 1920x1080

date: 8th Feb 2016

tags: Biography, Film

He’s the man behind “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “A Chorus Line”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail and a dozen stage sensations. Michael White has been producing classic cinema and stage shows for fifty years. “The Last Impresario” offers an intimate portrait of this entertainment legend.


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Frackman

date: 5th Feb 2016

tags: Activism, Environment, Interview

Beamafilm talks with producer Trish Lake about her film “Frackman” and her career producing both feature films and documentaries. (Continuing from Part 1)


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Frackman

date: 5th Feb 2016

tags: Activism, Environment, Interview

Producer Trish Lake talks to Beamafilm about her film “Frackman”, and her career as a Producer of both documentaries and feature films.


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gaybyMED2

date: 5th Feb 2016

tags: Australian Film, Documentary, Family, LGBQI

Marriage equality has been a prominent issue for worldwide governments in recent times with New Zealand, Ireland and certain states of American leading the way. In Australia however, opposition has centred on the implications this holds for children to have both a mother and a father. “Gayby Baby”, directed by Sydney-born Maya Newell, explores the lives of four families with same sex parents.
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trickMED2

date: 3rd Feb 2016

tags: Documentary, Film, History

The Lumière brothers of France are widely acknowledged as the first filmmakers in history. But the month before they dazzled audiences with moving picture projections from their “Cinématographe” of 1895, three German brothers, Max, Emil and Eugen Skladanowsky, had patented a similar idea for capturing and then displaying film. Acclaimed director Wim Wenders sets out to put the focus back on the German brothers’ story in this fascinating documentary, “A Trick of the Light“. 
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coxsMED2

date: 2nd Feb 2016

tags: Documentary, Environment, Wildlife

Brumbies were once considered an Australian national icon. Today, however, these wild horses are classed as feral pests and are being culled by shooters in helicopters. Russell Kilbey’s The Man from Coxs River tells the fascinating story of Luke Carlon attempting to save a group of brumbies from this dismal fate.
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wolfpackMED2

date: 28th Jan 2016

tags: Documentary, Family, Film, Humanities, Society

Winning the Sundance Grand Jury Best Documentary Prize for 2015 “The Wolfpack” is an extraordinary coming of age story that highlights the powerful influence of film. As children, the Angulos brothers were confined to their parents’ apartment in the Lower East Side of New York under the rule of their strict Peruvian father who disapproved of outside influence on his family. Sheltered from society, the boys learned about life from their father’s collection of films.
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iccMED2

date: 25th Jan 2016

tags: Documentary, Sport

Adam Darke’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Highlights and Official Film is an exhilarating journey that captures the excitement of the tournament for international players and fans. The opening ceremony was held on 17 February 2011 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka and the tournament was played between 19 February and 2 April, with 14 national cricket teams taking part. All matches were One Day Internationals played over 50 overs.
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soundMED2

date: 23rd Jan 2016

tags: Documentary, Humanities, Society

David Thorpe’s “Do I Sound Gay?” is brimming with cheeky humour, mostly at Thorpe’s own expense, as it explores the theories and facts behind the human voice and what makes it sound the way it does, in particular his own voice as a gay man.
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worldMED2

date: 7th Jan 2016

tags: Activism, Environment, Humanities, Politics

Sundance Best Documentary nominated film “How to Change the World” tracks the Greenpeace story harking back to a group of comrades who set sail into the Bering Sea to stop nuclear testing on islands west of Alaska in 1971. Amongst them; Vancouver Sun columnist Bob Hunter, a media-savvy journo who had brought his 16mm camera to document their voyage. Hunter captured the whole expedition on film from the regular maintenance of their vessel to when they encountered Nixon’s galleys.


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irisMED2

date: 4th Jan 2016

tags: Art, Documentary, Fashion

“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess” – Iris Apfel. The 93 year old New Yorker’s flamboyant and eclectic sense of clothing has made her a fashion industry icon worldwide. Having spent her younger years traveling and collecting interesting pieces of non-western, artisanal clothing with her husband, Carl Apfel, Iris mixes colours and textures, designer and charity shop items, eras and layers to create her distinctive sense of style. This has led her to museum retrospectives, university lecturing and now a documentary.
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frackman

date: 17th Dec 2015

tags: Activism, Documentary, Environment, Law, Politics, Science

Australia will soon become the world’s biggest gas exporter as more than 30,000 ‘fracked’ wells are sunk in the state of Queensland alone. ‘The Frackman’, a.k.a. Dayne Pratzky, is an activist standing up to coal seam gas conglomerates who demand the right to drill wells on private farmland. Along with others in the community wanting to keep mining away from land where they’re planning to build new homes, Dayne soon realises they have no legal rights to prevent fracking on their own land.


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teachersMED

date: 14th Dec 2015

tags: Australian Film, Children's, Documentary, Family, Society

The impact a teacher might have on a student can be life-changing – but are our teachers receiving enough credit? Inspiring Teachers gives credit where credit is due following four unorthodox Australian teachers as they educate students from English to Mathematics and beyond the classroom to their extra-curricular roles as sports coach or club leaders.  The effort and dedication these teachers show to their students is artfully captured alongside student perspectives and what it means to truly inspire someone.
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marionationMED2

date: 13th Dec 2015

tags: Animation, Children's, Documentary, Film

The true stars of the 1960’s hit TV series Thunderbirds, Sting Ray and Captain Scarlet reveal their on-set secrets in Filmed in Supermarionation. Jerry and Sylvia Anderson, pioneers of puppet animation on screen, take us behind the scenes of running the production company where these dolls came to life – from creating the film sets, explosions, flying scenes and fiddly facial and hand movements.
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wacoMED

date: 11th Dec 2015

tags: Documentary, History, Humanities, Law, Politics, Religion

Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, WACO: The Rules of Engagement addresses conspiracies behind the Waco siege (Feb-April 1993) involving an unorthodox Christian group – The Branch Davidians, US Federal/Texan state law enforcement and the US military. The film goes back to the shootouts and the 51 day standoff including the fire that destroyed the compound in which 76 people died including charismatic leader David Koresh.
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tokyogaMED2

date: 9th Dec 2015

tags: Art, Culture, Documentary, Film, History, Society, Travel

From critically acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders, Tokyo-Ga follows the director as he travels to Japan to pay homage to his idol, Yasujirô Ozu. Ozu’s films such as Tokyo Chorus, Tokyo Story and Late Spring have had such a major influence on Wenders’ cinematographic style that he declares in the film that Ozu is “his only master” in this art form. 
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blackgoldMED2

date: 8th Dec 2015

tags: Activism, Environment, Food, Humanities, Society

Black Gold, directed by brothers Marc and Nick Francis, reveals the shocking truth about the coffee industry and the crippling poverty facing coffee farmers worldwide.
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jonahMED

date: 18th Nov 2015

tags: Biography, Documentary, Humanities, News, Sport

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jonah Lomu following the tragic news of his death this morning. So many of us have been moved by the candour of Jonah’s story and the way he shared the intimate details of his life on camera. 
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boxingMED

Set just off the coast of sunny North Queensland, Palm Island is a tropical paradise. But its shady history sparks memories of Australia’s colonialist past; a darker time, characterised by racial hatred and persecution.

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bilbyMED

date: 9th Nov 2015

tags: Activism, Documentary, Environment, Wildlife

Beamafilm talked to Director Jim Stevens about the making of his documentary “Bilby Brothers” – and the difficulty of getting a bilby to smile for the camera! 
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beginingMED2

At a school in Paris, Kindergarten children form a circle around a candle with their teacher, Pascaline, to study philosophy. Taking part in a learning experiment, they discuss universally relevant topics such as love, difference, intelligence, liberty, authority and growing up. During these special sessions there is no judgement; just very young children learning to build a discourse and to think for themselves.
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visitorsMED2

Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ is a compelling and provocative meditation on our fixation with screen-based media. Set to a compelling score by Phillip Glass, the film expands on his central themes of the hypnotic nature of technology and drives the point home with artful imagery.
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scientologyMED2

date: 30th Oct 2015

tags: Culture, Documentary, Film, History, Humanities, Religion

Alex Gibney, one of the most important documentary directors of our time, has fascinated audiences for years with films such as Freakonomics and the Oscar Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. But Going Clear is Gibney’s latest bombshell that has people talking. As an in-depth investigation into group psychology and cult abuse within the Church of Scientology, Going Clear is astonishing in its salacious detail. From the notorious ‘auditing’ and the crazy ramblings of the Church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard to details of the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman divorce, Gibney opens up the mystery surrounding this aggressive and paranoid organisation and analyses the roles played by star Scientologists, Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
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Footy Chicks

date: 21st Oct 2015

tags: Interview, Sport

Beamafilm sits down with Australian film producer Michaela Perske to talk about her eye-opening documentary about football’s sex culture, “Footy Chicks”, and her latest documentary projects. 
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Anger Within

date: 17th Oct 2015

tags: Biography, Culture, Documentary, Family, Film, Humanities, Sport

20 years on from the most important moment in his career, Jonah Lomu is still global rugby’s first true superstar. Jonah took the world by storm in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final, smashing England with a 4-try steamroll, despite being anaemic, exhausted, and suffering from kidney disease. The most recognisable All Black ever and one of the most iconic rugby players of all time, he went down in history during South Africa’s Rugby World Cup, and still remains the legend of international rugby.


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pandoraMED

Ever since Hiroshima we’ve known the dangers of radioactivity. Its atomic potential, its deadly leakage, and the difficult issue of waste disposal, amongst other crucial detracting considerations. But could nuclear power in fact be the solution to global warming? Sundance Film Festival hit “Pandora’s Promise” makes a convincing argument supporting the view that nuclear energy, such as uranium, is in fact Earth’s greenest choice for an energy source. In “Pandora’s Promise”, director Robert Stone and his team of experts including Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens and Mark Lynas set about proving that nuclear power is much more clean, and less dangerous, than traditional fossil fuels.
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sugarfixed

date: 10th Oct 2015

tags: Australian Film, Culture, Documentary, Film, Information, News

Latest film news:  2015 Australia’s best box office ever, Indiewire guide to documentary filmmaking, top 25 directors to follow on Twitter and the Antenna Documentary Film Festival: less than a week away.


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heroschoiceMED

date: 8th Oct 2015

tags: Comedy, Drama, Film, War

Our latest release ‘A Hero’s Choice’ is a light-hearted and darkly comedic parable directed by Bogdan Dreyer. A night of misadventure and immorality ensues after a young boy finds a soldier’s dead body near a village in Nazi-occupied Romania. The German authorities demand that the guilty party confess else the town’s leaders will be executed the following morning regardless of the perpetrator’s identity.


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footyMED

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!
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nationalMED

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.
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