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Mick Pacholli
4th September 2013, 04:26 PM
ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED AND TICKETS ON SALE





















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Antenna Documentary Festival (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=c56a72ead9&e=c50e433bdd) is proud to reveal the program for 2013, comprising of over 30 unique documentaries that will screen next month in Sydney and for the first time in Melbourne.
The Festival will kick off in Sydney on 2ndOctober with a program that is bursting with quality documentary films, special guests and events.
Making its Australian Premiere, Expedition to the End of the World (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=d655222fd4&e=c50e433bdd)(Denmark, 2013)travels the fjords of Northeast Greenland, carrying a diverse human cargo of artists and scientists. The discovery of a new species, debates about the meaning of life and a standoff with a polar bear are all in a day’s work for the crew. Exceptional music ranging from heavy metal to soaring orchestral pieces, compliments the sumptuous visuals in this utterly cinematic, humorous and enlightening adventure story.
With aspirations to be a filmmaker, Shawney, the neurotic adult son of a strip club owner,turns the camera on his sleazy family business in The Manor (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=93ce249116&e=c50e433bdd)(Canada 2013).This fascinating tragicomic family portrait chronicles theeccentric lives of his relatives – obese dad, anorectic mum, gigolo brother – as well as thecatty everyday dramas of the insalubrious working girls. The unique access Shawney'sintimate perspective affords leaves little to the imagination and his colourful cast ofcharacters is a true reminder that truth is far stranger than fiction.














































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A highlight of the International Screenings is theAustralian Premiere ofFire in the Blood (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=5f8e0c0c53&e=c50e433bdd) (India, 2012), a sobering film about profit and compassion, which administers large doses of hope and despair. Director Dylan Mohan Gray explores the work behind bringing affordable treatments for HIV/AIDS to the world’s developing countries. The primary focus on the brave few who fought for justice and fairness shapes the film into a story not about business and law, but humans and humanity.

Another highlight isMaidentrip (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=a12d08885d&e=c50e433bdd) (USA, 2013) which profiles an individual’s raw determination in striving for one of the greatest goals imaginable. Filmmaker Jillian Schlesinger follows 14 year old Laura Dekker on a two-year voyage aiming to become the youngest teenager to sail around the world solo. At sea, Laura turns to the camera for company, laying her experience bare with frank video diary entries. The film is a fresh and inspiring coming-of-age story.









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lso exploring life at sea, Leviathan (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=8d9cc131ea&e=c50e433bdd) (USA, 2012) follows a fishing trawler in the North Atlantic and strays far from the norms of documentary. With sparse dialogue, endlessly unexpected camera angles, and not a trace of narrative, it’s highly challenging, highly rewarding and totally immersive. The brutality of the trawler’s mission is enforced as great quantities of marine life are chopped and hacked, and the unwanted by-products get flushed back to sea. The film provides an unblinking examination of life and death in the ocean.
The House I Live In (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=97ec1e83fa&e=c50e433bdd)(USA, 2012) is a dense, multi-layered exploration of the tragically ineffectual ‘war on drugs’ policy. In a confronting portrait of the American justice system, Director Eugene Jarecki begins with the personal and quickly expands to the political, interweaving stories of the raw frontline experiences of law enforcement, drug dealers in crack neighbourhoods, activists whose families have been devastated and inmates serving life sentences.









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For music lovers, Antenna presents for the first time the International Music Docs strand (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=990dcad0b0&e=c50e433bdd)a selection of films that celebrate music and culture from around the world.

Brothers Hypnotic (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=8dd84c2a0a&e=c50e433bdd)(USA/ Netherlands, 2013) charts the story of 8 brothers (sons of anti-establishment jazz legend, Phil Cohran) who form the inspiring band, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The film follow the brothers trying to make their own way in the music world. While playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether his principles are really their own.
In The Punk Singer (USA, 2013) filmmaker Sini Anderson illuminates an intimate and fascinating picture of Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, who became synonymous with the riot grrrl movement and one of her generation’s most outspoken feminist icons.

Viramundo (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=46ebc798e1&e=c50e433bdd) (Switzerland/France, 2013) invites the audience to join Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil on a musical journey across the globe. Gil visits indigenous communities in Australia, South Africaand the Amazon, talks with them, plays music with them, and discusses the experience of being colonised.









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As part of the Australian Competition, Dark Matter of Love (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=6020dbfd7f&e=c50e433bdd) (Australia/UK, 2013) follows Masha, an 11-year-old from a bleak orphanage in Russia, as she prepares for a new life, having been adopted by the Diaz family from America. Director Sarah McCarthy examines the importance of the love of a family, guiding us through an emotional rollercoaster. A Q&A with Director Sarah MacCarthy will follow the screening.
Also featured in the Australian competition is Fallout (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=90842509eb&e=c50e433bdd)(Australia, 2013) which tells the story of Nevil Shute, an acclaimed Australian writer. His book On The Beach is considered one of the most significant anti-war novels of the 20th century. It was written after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and anticipates the impact of global nuclear proliferation.The film also follow the process of turning the book into a post-apocalyptic Hollywood drama directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Lawrence Johnston.



Tickets are available now. Visit the website (http://antennafestival.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=2e4b640ba227553a31462d25e&id=0e725fcd5c&e=c50e433bdd) for full program details.