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Coal, Corruption and community resistance of one of Australias most controversial mining projects Whitehavens Maules Creek Coal Mine in the Leard State Forest.
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.
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.
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!
Behind the scenes of the blockbuster exhibition of paintings by the Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye which toured Japan attracting record crowds.
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.
At last, the long-lost film inspired by Australia's first rock festival - The Pilgrimage For Pop Festival - at Ourimbah, near Sydney in 1970.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director: David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier
Country: United States
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.
A wild community of outcasts fight for their right to live rough in a "designated scenic area" in West Auckland, New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AFI nominated director, Charlie Hill-Smithâ??s first documentary, is a telling insight into the complexities that face modern China.
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.
Against the backdrop of the first Gulf war, there was another war fought on the Northern Beaches of Sydney - between The Manly Daily newspaper and an upstart competitor, The Weekender.
Maria and Carlos, refugees from the war in El Salvador are living in suburban Melbourne.
Director: Gil Scrine
Looking from afar, the Australian film industry appears glitzy and glamorous, robust and invincible. Into the Shadows challenges this notion and journeys beyond the glamour to meet the filmmakers who have been bringing Australian films to the screen.
"Ten Australians sail north of Darwin in a homemade boat to meet our forgotten neighbours in the Spice Islands of Indonesiaâ??s Maluku province."
Amal Basry fled Iraq and 18 months later the boat she was on sank en route to Australia. 353 people drowned. Amal survived by clinging to the floating body of a dead woman for 22 hours.
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.
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.
Dive head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling as we follow a group in Lincolnton, North Carolina over the week leading up to a big show.
The historic account of the 1970â??s battle by residents of this inner Sydney suburb to save the area from slum clearance and redevelopment by public housing authorities.
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.
In RIP: A Remix Manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
Swinging from old to new, this documentary gives a panoramic view of the biggest construction boom in history and charts the modern face of Beijing and its newly iconic buildings.
The Balinese response to the terrorist bombing of October 2002: an intimate, personal story of grief, recovery and tolerance in an age of terrorism.
Hope In A Slingshot explores the day-to-day realities of the Israeliâ??Palestinian conflict and the effect on civilians on both sides. A journey through the underbelly of the occupation of Palestine by Israel.
Tea With Madame Clos is about an extraordinary woman in her extreme old age living in a small medieval village in South West France.
Five heroes, four continents, one dream of true love.
Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea. It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies.
Molly and Mobarak is the story of Mobarak Tahiri, a young Hazara refugee, who is living in the town of Young, in rural NSW.
When these soldiers left home, their patriotism was firm, their convictions strong. As they return from Iraq, nothing is clear. Their bodies and souls have been wounded or broken. How can they re-learn what it means to be human and stay in the world.
The sudden death of dancer/choreographer Tanja Liedtke brought her life into sharp focus. Life in Movement is a portrait of an obsessive artist at work and the impact her life and death has on her collaborator.
A portrait of Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley, his wife Elizabeth, and their spirit kept alive in the NSW country town of Bathurst for five decades since his death.
The film, Bimblebox, is about much more that the Nature Refuge in Western Central Queensland, facing destruction to make way for Clive Palmerâ??s China First Coal mine. It is a cautionary tale, exposing the effects of mining in the Hunter Valley.
Growing Change is an inspiring documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system.
Pregnant at 15 in England and dispatched to an institution where she was hidden away and arrangements made for the subsequent adoption of her baby, filmmaker Steve Thomasâ?? twin sister, Val, spent the next 25 years not knowing where her child was.
Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson and Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who made the EmmyÂ®-nominated HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, moral and emotional rationale.
The International Criminal Courts Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo has one of the toughest jobs in the world.
Twelve American and British tourists go on a ten day guided tour of Australia at the height of the Bicentennial celebrations. What they discover about Aboriginal Australians shocks them and perplexes them.
Michael Peterson ruled the surf scene throughout the early to mid-1970s with his savage, groundbreaking surfing. However fame comes with a price...
When Jesse discovers that his youngest daughter, Priscilla, can rap and perform, he sees redemption for his own failed music career and financial salvation for his family and commits his life to making her a star.
IN September1982, at the height of an economic recession, the Australian steelworks BHP announced its intention to close down some of its coal mines.
Eccentric British developer Lord McAlpine has a dream - an urge to create a whole new civilisation in Australia's North based around the town of Broome in the remote north of Western Australia.
While the Indonesian army continues to dominate the indigenous inhabitants of West Papua, three friends gather in Melbourne to record outlawed folk songs with renowned Australian rock musicologist David Bridie.
In this astonishingly candid documentary, wealthy Hong Kong entrepreneur VINCENT LEE opens up his world of influence, his successful business strategies, his dilemmas and his fears.
A film concerning the love motels in Miami's Little Havana. Guests deal with infidelity, addiction, and prostitution. The film is a candid and compassionate commentary on love, loss and the human condition.