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A group of passionate and adventurous young people leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo.
The exploration of the traditional, complex, and secretive world of sake, often called Japanese rice wine, through the eyes of three distinctive outsiders who have devoted themselves to sake.
Winner of the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enriched by Disney animated films, and the unconditional love of his family.
From the streets of New York to the trails of the Swiss Alps, from Sao Paolo to Paris, Peking or Sydney, men and women, champions or regular people millions of us run every year. And yet, just 50 years ago, this activity was reserved uniquely for men
Follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.
In January 1942, Papua New Guinea became the battleground for nearly 2 million foreign soldiers. This film documents the experiences of Papua New Guinea's population during this violent campaign.
An inspirational and life-affirming rags-to-riches true story of a barmaid who bred a champion racehorse.
An intimate and deeply personal portrait of comic genius Spike Milligan through the eyes of his brother, three daughters and third wife.
Australia's political life as seen through the eyes of five editorial cartoonists: a documentary that takes us from the children overboard to the War in Iraq.
Two cricket fans who became journalists, Old Etonian Sam Collins and larrikin Aussie Jarrod Kimber, from opposite ends of the social and geographic scale but united by their love of Test cricket, join forces to try to help save it.
Dr Helen Caldicott, firebrand anti-nuclear campaigner, celebrated author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is too alarmed to retire. Certain that the White House's War on Terror is escalating the global nuclear arms race.
Dorjee Sun, a young Australian Entrepreneur, believes there's money to be made from protecting rainforests in Indonesia, saving the orangutan from extinction and making a real impact on climate change.
Behind the scenes of the blockbuster exhibition of paintings by the Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye which toured Japan attracting record crowds.
Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface.
Life Off Grid is a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect.
A high speed roadtrip through modern creativity, STATION TO STATION is a revolutionary feature comprised of 62 one-minute films highlighting an exciting and eclectic mix of artists, musicians, writers, places, and perspectives.
With exclusive access to the Australian rehearsals of his global theatre hit, MATILDA AND ME charts the relationship between Tim Minchin and the musical he has become famous for.
MAVIS! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers.
Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand's finest lesbian country and western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
JEREMY SCOTT: THE PEOPLE'S DESIGNER follows the story of Jeremy Scott's ascent from a small town in Missouri to his current position as the Creative Director of Moschino.
This is the story of unsung hero Steve Fairless, a country boy who represented Australia in road cycling at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
It didn't matter if it was Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, the incredible skills of session musicians The Wrecking Crew brought the flair and musicianship that made music.
The Palio is the oldest horse race in the world, and turns the Italian city of Siena into a high-stakes battleground of strategy, intrigue, and simmering machismo.
At last, the long-lost film inspired by Australia's first rock festival - The Pilgrimage For Pop Festival - at Ourimbah, near Sydney in 1970.
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
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?
GAYBY BABY is a portrait of four kids - Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham - whose parents all happen to be gay.
The ground-breaking puppetry and animation technique pioneered by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson is brought to life in this definitive documentary, revealing the passion and dedication behind their process.
Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films.
Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920.
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.
A renowned photo-realist, Close's artistic glory is his talent for creating remarkably true-to-life portraits of famous friends and peers.
8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.
A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
ONE BREATH is a short documentary about William Trubridge, a world champion of freediving, a form of deep water diving done without the aid of external breathing devices.
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'.
Erwin Wagenhofer approaches the subject of education much more comprehensively and radically then is usually the case.
In the tribal areas of Pakistan lies a town where the local industry is the handcrafting of firearms. It has been this way since long before the "War on Terror".
An enlightening, intelligent, and profoundly shocking film about our most valuable, non-renewable resource: oil.
Filmed during and after his time on the High Court of Australia, this documentary about Justice Michael Kirby explores the personal, moral and spiritual convictions of one of our most compassionate and incisive legal minds.
In 1990, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the find of a lifetime: the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found.
The Most Dangerous Man in America catapults us to 1971 where we find America in the grip of a familiar scenario: a dirty war based on lies.
ADVANCED STYLE examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits.
Narrated by Liam Neeson, ROAD tells the story one family's legacy and two generations of motorcycle road racers. United by their yearning for victory and capacity for thrill seeking, these two sets of brothers engage in the most visceral of sports.
Introducing Stefan Knüpfer, a softly-spoken, bespectacled piano tuner for Steinway and Sons who just might be the most gifted musical talent in the world... even though he's not a musician.
Studio Ghibli, the brainchild of directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, has captivated audiences the world over with its dreamlike, fantastical animations such as SPIRITED AWAY and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE.
KATY PERRY: THE GIRL WHO RAN AWAY is a revealing documentary about one of the world's most successful and celebrated pop icons.
KATY PERRY - IN HER OWN WORDS is a brand new documentary featuring numerous filmed interviews with Katy across her career.
A BRONY TALE lifts the lid on the world of the Bronies, or 'Bro' Ponies - males who are outwardly fond of Hasbro's MY LITTLE PONY; FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, a series chiefly aimed at, and historically popular with young girls.
An astonishing portrait of one of the world's most renowned artists, David Hockney.
Julien is 17, has a great sense of humour, bags of charm, and is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy.
It was a match made in heaven: she was the darling of American tennis, an outspoken activist against sexism in sport and society; he was the charismatic, fast-talking, hustling chauvinist showman.
This candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko.
Father Bob Maguire, the irreverent philosopher and working class hero, eschews the collar and piousness of his own religion.
Maria and Carlos, refugees from the war in El Salvador are living in suburban Melbourne.
BHUTTO is the definitive documentary that chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time.
A maverick, a dreamer, an artist: Philippe Petit is all of these things and more.
The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.
BUCK follows the real-life "horse-whisperer", Buck Brannaman, from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses.
This is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history.
â??We all get dressed for Bill,â?� says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The â??Billâ?� in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.
On 7 February 2009, Australia suffered its worst natural disaster in recorded history. A firestorm of cyclonic fury swept across Victoria and 173 lives were lost. Nowhere was the destruction more terrible than in the tiny hamlet of Strathewen.
An epic, character-driven adventure documentary following two best friends on their quest to hunt down and ride the biggest and most dangerous waves in Australia.
In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl.
To the Other Shore is a poetic diary film about motherhood. It interweaves moments from the filmmaker's home movies with dramatised therapy sessions and scenes from family life, alongside fairy stories, archival film.
A poetic documentary on four generations of maternal family in Tasmania, from the 1890s to 1978, using archival footage and excerpts from key early feminist films to trace significant changes in womenâ??s place in the family and society.
The Balinese response to the terrorist bombing of October 2002: an intimate, personal story of grief, recovery and tolerance in an age of terrorism.
Cross Life is a community-produced drama set in Kings Cross, one of Australiaâ??s most socially liberal and culturally diverse places, and grapples with themes of family, identity and freedom.
Five heroes, four continents, one dream of true love.
An Australian woman, Jocelyn Ortt-Saeed, lives with her husband Saeed in their home in the Punjab region of Pakistan. Nawaz the cook and Mehnaz the maid, look after the house, and live nearby.
Art & Copy is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray, it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.
Australian publisher, Ross Dunkley started Burmaâ??s leading newspaper The Myanmar Times. The paper comes out weekly in both Burmese and English and every edition is a tactical struggle against the censors.
In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, a grass roots family makes a precarious living by trading in betelnut, one of the worldâ??s most widely used narcotics.
For 12 years, film maker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta.