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Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface.
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.
A group of passionate and adventurous young people leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo.
This beautifully-layered, insightful and very funny documentary feature is the latest in Nick Torrensâ?? long-term Hong Kong-China series.
On Australia Day 1988, over 20 film crews across the country filmed from midnight to midnight, searching behind the curtain of the official Bicentennial celebrations to reveal the thoughts and attitudes of ordinary Australians.
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.
Wendy sets out one day on a long drive north to Alaska. Accompanied only by her dog, Lucy, and buoyed by thoughts of employment at her destination.
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.
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Equal parts love story, film noir, brainy B-movie and demented fairy tale, Tabloid is a delirious meditation on hysteria, both public and personal, from a filmmaker who continues to break down and blow open the documentary genre.
In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture.
Follows the journey of enigmatic Australian musician Jeremy Oxley, lead singer of Sunnyboys as he emerges from a 30-year battle with schizophrenia. An inspiring story of hope, survival and the healing power of unconditional love.
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers.
Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years. Life through a Lens reveals a woman who has become as iconic as the people she has photographed.
For the first time ever, six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.
Show me the Magic takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine.
For over forty years, America's "War on Drugs" has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad.
An intimate and deeply personal portrait of comic genius Spike Milligan through the eyes of his brother, three daughters and third wife.
This documentary follows one woman's quest to get justice for her mother, who was violently raped and beaten in her Johannesburg, South Africa, home in 1988.
Three young commuter cyclists and an adventure across the United States.
Feeding the worldâs ever-expanding population is a growing global concern. Where is the land that once grew food? Itâs at your own back door!
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.
A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protÃ©gÃ©. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.
"PAUL KELLY - STORIES OF ME charts the remarkable life of one of Australia’s most gifted and beloved singer-songwriters. For almost 40 years, in over 350 songs, Paul Kelly has been mapping out the Australian landscape and its people.
The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.
Victor receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content through the Market Number 4 but things get complicated along the way.
Behind the scenes of the blockbuster exhibition of paintings by the Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye which toured Japan attracting record crowds.
Winner of the Academy AwardÂ® for Best Documentary, The Cove is an alarming environmental thriller. In 2008, an elite team of scientists, filmmakers and free-divers embarked on a covert mission to expose a shocking secret.
An inspirational story for our times, The Triangle Wars is the story of the battle being waged between local government, big business and the community over the development of a tiny sliver of crown land on the foreshore of St Kilda.
To be the first to climb the famous, notorious Eiger North Face - that is the dream of many mountain climbers from all over Europe in the summer of 1936.
Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history's most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners' Strike.
Based on John M Brinnin's account of his hell-raising hero, Dylan Thomas', first visit to New York in 1950.
A man delivers telegrams to farming families during World War II in a rural community letting them know a husband or son was killed in action.
1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society.
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.
Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.
Three intimate portraits of a close-knit group of inspiring people who share a passion for perfection. These three artisans and their apprentices live and work in a quiet valley in Tasmania, in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Mountain.
Women without A Pause compares the most significant transition in all womenÂ´s life throughout different cultures: the menopause.
Struggling NSW farmer Chris Rohrlach desperately needs a second income. Fourteen years ago, his pregnant girlfriend Rachel suffered a massive stroke which left her incurably quadriplegic at age 21.
BLACK AND DUSTY follows a group of Indigenous competitors as they compete in the annual Finke Desert Race across 250 km of central Australian desert by car, buggie or bike.
If you dream your own death, can it come true?
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
Independent Australian political documentary about the US installations in Australia at Pine Gap.
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.
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 â?? Currawinya, and hopefully, save the fast-vanishing bilby from extinction.
An inspiring story of struggle and hope from this beautiful island off the North Queensland coast.
Once upon a time, during WWII, somewhere in Nazi occupied Romania, a night of comic misadventures ensues when a boy discovers a dead soldier.
Off the field its anyones game. The possibility of sex with a football player is a fantasy for many women and a reality for some.
A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.
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.
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden.
8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.
Don Brash stepped down as leader of the National Party in November 2006, the day before the release of investigative journalist, Nicky Hager's book The Hollow Men.
Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment.
Maria TIimon, 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.
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf.
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.
InRealLife takes us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, to find out what exactly the internet is doing to our children..
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.
Inside Out is a film about the french artist JR giving away his method and the inspiring stories that follow.
About the life and work of controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein.
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.
A poetic cine-essay about race and Australia’s colonised history and how it impacts into the present. When the filmmaker returns to Tasmania to make a film about her childhood she doesn’t know much about Aboriginal history,culture or colonisation.
Director: David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier
Country: United States
The true story of Luna, a young, wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.
A wild community of outcasts fight for their right to live rough in a "designated scenic area" in West Auckland, New Zealand.
Internationally-acclaimed Director John Duigan returns home to make his first Australian film since audience favourites The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting and Sirens.
Most people know about the Mabo and Wik decisions but few know much about the decision makers â The High Court of Australia.
Thanks Girls and Goodbye is a documentary about a group of women who worked on farms during the Second World War in Australia - 'the land girls'.
Re-enchantment is an immersive journey into the hidden meanings of fairy tales.
Jorn Utzon was awarded the first prize in an international architecture competition to design an Opera House for Sydney.
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.
Hunt Angels is the true story of film industry outlaws Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks, who in the late 1930's began a movie-making spree.
Hollywood outcast, best-selling author and chronicler of the rich and famous, Dominick Dunne is one of the world's leading journalists and society commentators. This is his story.
The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we've got nuclear power wrong?
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.
Once the bastion of freedom and civil liberties, the UK is now one of the most advanced surveillance societies in the world - ranked third after Russia and China.
In 1978 Jimmy Graham, a thirty four year old happily married the father of two, scored his dream job with Operation Deepfreeze - training American scientists in survival skills in Antarctica. He left in December of that year.
Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the worldâ??s most controversial composer, Richard Wagner. Can he salvage the music he loves from its dark associations with anti-semitism and Hitler?
Welcome to Kandos - the cementing of an unlikely friendship - is a unique 33min documentary about inaugural contemporary art festival Cementa13.
Gabriel is an award-winning short film about a young boy's imagination about life after death. The film sweetly asks the question “where do we go when we die?” from the innocent perspective of a child.
During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Huge forest fires raged in California. Climate change was now on the world's political agenda.
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony follows the journey of a fanatical and eclectic group of music lovers who aspire to break the curse behind British composer Havergal Brian's notorious First Symphony.
THE IRISH PUB is a celebration of the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically, the traditional Irish publicans who run them.
The man who lived in Hitler's court, working as his telephone operator and bodyguard, tells about the final years of Hitler's life and about his last hours.
After The Storm captures the lives of the kids and crew as they turn a gym into a theater, come together as a company, and create hope and purpose in the midst of devastation and despair.
Buried Alive exposes some of the ugly truths about the nature of Western Democracy, the world media and third world colonialism. But the story of East Timor also presents the potential for individuals to effect change.
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal.
There are few professions like that of an ambulance worker - we have a rare license to enter the homes of complete strangers and bear witness to their most personal moments of crisis.
Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music that's the antithesis of corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture.
The men and women of Taring Padi have survived kidnappings, beatings, torture, fundamentalist violence and poverty to stand against a corrupt state and the draconian powers of the Indonesian military.
Shot over six years The Choir is the true story of Jabulani Shabangu and a group of fellow inmates battling to survive in South Africa's biggest prison.
AFI nominated director, Charlie Hill-Smithâ??s first documentary, is a telling insight into the complexities that face modern China.
It's hard to grow healthy orange trees. It's even harder to kill them.Mick followed his father into orange farming. Now he's running the farm and is forced to make decisions that would make his dad turn in his grave.
This film follows the arrival of Tasmaniaâ??s first detention centre through the eyes of local knitting club member Mary and Afghan asylum seeker Mohammad who lives inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a donated knitted beanie.
"Premiere" is a feature length documentary about the Australian fashion designer Kym Ellery.