The frocks are ready, the international guests have arrived and Festival Director David Rokach has bought a new pair of shoes – Antenna Documentary Film Festival is happening now!
We’re thrilled to welcome director Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry who has travelled all the way from Italy to introduce his film On the Bride’s Side on opening night. You may have seen his interview last night on Lateline – if you missed out on tickets to the SOLD OUT opening night session, the film screens again at 1pm on Sunday 18 October. Khaled will also be holding a Q&A at the Sunday screening.
We circumnavigated the Antenna office and asked our staff for their recommendations – so if you’re still looking for some help deciding what to see, read on!
APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT
Artistic & Festival Director David Rokach says:”There’s something very special about this film. For a first time filmmaker to achieve such a classic fly-on-the-wall style is impressive, and in such a potentially volatile yet restricted environment.”
SPARTACUS & CASSANDRA
Festival Co-Director Rich Welch says: “There’s so much to love about this film. It’s truly cinematic with stunning, almost poetic imagery, while at the same time revealing the emotional rollercoaster of family dysfunction for siblings Spartacus & Cassandra.”
WARRIORS FROM THE NORTH
Communications & Marketing Manager Julia Scott-Stevenson says: “This is an astonishing film for the insight it affords into the minds of young men willing to sacrifice themselves (and many others) in the name of Islam. Surprisingly un-sensational, but definitely shocking.”
Event Manager Nick de la Force says: “I love the idea that there’s a small dedicated team at the UN looking at the potential arrival of alien life, and with the discovery of water on Mars it seems suddenly so much more possible. This film sounds incredible.”
Promotions Manager Paris Pompor says: “I’m like Marcia Hines (‘my life is music’), but when it comes to Brazilian music, I completely turn to mush. Following Antenna’s Tropicalia and Gilberto Gil docos, comes a third about this most musically inventive country and one of its legends.”
NO LAND’S SONG
Guest Relations Manager Kate Vinen says: “I love documentaries that show how brave and bold humans can be when they are compelled to do something, and the impact one person can have on the larger world. Here, a female Iranian composer highlights the political power of the voice”.
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For tickets, trailers and more visit: http://www.antennafestival.org
See you at the cinema!