Antenna Documentary Film Festival has announced its most ambitious program yet, with 35 features from over 20 countries!
“Looking at this year’s line-up, we are extremely proud of the films that we have programmed ahead of Antenna 2014 for Sydney audiences” said Festival Director, David Rokach. “We are thrilled to be screening films by established directors, such as Martin Scorsese’s latest documentary The 50 Year Argument, as well as by many talented and emerging directors from Australia and around the world”.
Antenna kicks off with Opening Night film Bugarach, an existential black comedy about the Mayan doomsday prophecy. Closing the festival is The Special Need, a rollicking road movie that addresses the taboo of sex and disability, whilst offering a poignant insight into the meaning of love.
Choose Your Own Documentary will have its live interactive Australian premiere. Based on the concept of choose-your-own adventure books, we follow Nathan Penlington and a team of filmmakers (all festival guests), as they embark on an epic quest to unravel the mystery of an old notebook. But there is a twist. You, the audience, decide Nathan’s fate by using remote controls. With over 1,500 multiple endings, his fate is in your hands. Choose wisely!
The three-hour experimental doco What Now? Remind Me is one of the most powerful films ever made about living with HIV. Filmmaker Joaquim Pinto turns the camera onto himself, documenting his personal insights on life as he combats this illness. Limited Partnership tells the incredible story of the first legally married same-sex couple in the US. It follows their struggles with the government after the controversial rejection of a green card on the grounds of ‘failing to establish a bona fide marital relationship between two faggots’.
With the escalating conflicts across the Middle East, Antenna has two powerful films which capture the anxiety, destruction and personal toll of civil war. Sundance prize-winner Return to Homs takes us deep into the Syrian conflict, tracking key players in the resistance against Bashir al-Assad’s regime from 2011 to 2013. Tribeca Prize Winner Point and Shoot tells the unbelievable journey of Matthew Van Dyke, who sets off on a Motorcycle Diaries-style adventure armed with a video camera. Winding up in Libya, he forms great friendships that inspire him to join the rebel army against Gaddafi.
Antenna will also present a strong Australian competition with films about inspiring characters living on the margins. Four Australian feature films are participating in this years program: Sons & Mothers follows an acting troupe comprised of men with disabilities who set out to create a theatrical love letter to their mothers; These Heathen Dreams rediscovers Christopher Barnett, one of Australia’s most creative and unflinching artists of all time; I Will Not Be Silenced tells the story of Australian Charlotte Campbell-Stephen, who is fierce and brave in talking about her horrific gang rape in Kenya and seven-year battle for justice; and The Land Between, which gazes into the hidden lives of African asylum seekers stranded between borders.
The festival will culminate with an award ceremony announcing the winner of the SBS Award for Best International Documentary, the Award for Best Australian Documentary and the Award for Best Short Documentary, with cash prizes totaling $6000.
Antenna offers a rare opportunity to see the very best in documentary cinema in one superbly curated festival. Not for the faint-of-heart, it’s set to challenge and inspire!
DATES: Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 October 2014
VENUES: Palace Verona—17 Oxford Street, Paddington; Chauvel Cinema—249 Oxford St, Paddington (Cnr Oxford St & Oatley Rd); and Giant Dwarf Theatre—199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, 2016
TICKETS: General Admission—Adult $18/Concession $15; Multi Passes—three films: $50, five films: $80, 10 films: $140
For tickets and more information visit: http://antennafestival.org