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From the Academy Award-winning director of “Citizenfour” comes a compelling new portrait of whistle blower Julian Assange. Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story, director Laura Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.
She’s Fed Up and She’s Back… “Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!” charts the rise of the fiesty fish monger from Ipswich who went on to become one of the most divisive politicians in Australian history.
Beamafilm talks to Sarah Jayne Portelli, the director of award-winning short “Daughter”, about the challenges and joys of making the film.
It’s a tough life trying to make people laugh. It might be fun for some but utter misery for others – it is a journey nonetheless into the unpredictable existence of the jobbing comedian.
We’re right in the middle of National Science Week. It’s a week that celebrates science and technology, and the contributions of many to these fields. So why not spark your curiosity and get inspired by one of our stunning science films: Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars, In the Shadow of the Moon, Particle Fever, Who’s Afraid of Wilhelm Reich, Pandora’s Promise, This Changes Everything.
Beamafilm talks to Malcolm McKinnon, the director of “The Farmer’s Cinematheque”, about the challenges and joys of making the film.
For more than fifty years, Relvy Teasdale and his son John made beautiful films on their farm and within their small community in the Wimmera region of Australia. For the Teasdales, farming and film-making were an inter- related devotional practice, offering views into the psychological, social and economic complexities of a wondrous and sophisticated rural world that on the one hand seems to be disappearing but on the other continues to sustain, adapt and recreate itself. Their luminous archive connects past and present generations, revealing the rhythms and rituals of life on the land and drawing surprising parallels between settler and indigenous modes of mapping and looking after country.
Artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora is producing a graphic novel about his late father, Georges, widely known in Melbourne as a beloved contemporary art patron and owner of bohemian eateries Mirka Café, Café Balzac and the Tolarno Restaurant and Galleries. Less known, however, is Georges’ astonishing history in the French resistance during World War II.
Ned Kelly is an Australian icon. Thought a hero by some and a terrorist by others, this documentary sets out to examine the man, the many prickly issues and to tell the historically accurate story. 11