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NEW RELEASE: Inspiring Teachers

Most teachers are underpaid, overworked and under appreciated; and yet the impact that they might have on a student can be life changing. In a series of observational portraits we get a glimpse of what it means to truly inspire someone.

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As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice.

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NEW RELEASE: WACO : The Rules of Engagement

The Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Waco: The Rules of Engagement from director William Gazecki, the controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians.

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NEW RELEASE: Awake: The Life Of Yogananda

Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920.

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NEW RELEASE: Boxing For Palm Island

An inspiring story of struggle and hope from this beautiful island off the North Queensland coast.

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NEW RELEASE: Bilby Brothers

Bilby Brothers is the story of an extraordinary fight to build a fence that will enclose 25 square kilometres of one of Queenslands most remote and beautiful National Parks – Currawinya, and hopefully, save the fast-vanishing bilby from extinction.

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NEW RELEASE: Just A Beginning

Filmed over two years, JUST A BEGINNING traces the lessons of a pre-school class... but these are no ordinary lessons: these three-to-five year-olds study philosophy.

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Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.

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NEW RELEASE: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

GOING CLEAR is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology.

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NEW RELEASE: The Last Gladiators

Academy Award® winning Director Alex Gibney takes an unprecedented look at the National Hockey League's most feared enforcers.

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NEW RELEASE: Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Halfway between a sports documentary and a conceptual art installation, ZIDANE consists of a full-length soccer game entirely filmed from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

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NEW RELEASE: A Hero's Choice

Once upon a time, during WWII, somewhere in Nazi occupied Romania, a night of comic misadventures ensues when a boy discovers a dead soldier.

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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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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. 


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.



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! 


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.


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.


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.

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. 

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.



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.


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.



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.



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.


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