SWIFF 19

SWIFF 19

Transit

TRANSIT

Director Christian Petzold’s follow up to award-darling Phoenix (SWIFF 2016) examines identity in Nazi-occupied France. Runner-up to the coveted Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Transit follows Georg, fleeing wartime France, assuming the identity of a dead author whose papers he possesses. On escaping to Marseilles, Georg meets a young woman looking for her husband; …

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Blowin Up

BLOWIN’ UP

Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. When a woman leaves her pimp, it’s called “blowin’ up.” And in Blowin’ Up, director Stephanie Wang-Breal looks at an experimental court in Queens, NYC, with Judge Toko Serita advocating for, rather …

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Undermined

UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY

Mega-mines and pastoral development threaten not only the Kimberley region’s vast and unspoiled beauty, but the Indigenous communities’ sacred links to Country. Follow Traditional Owners such as Bardi activist and musician Albert Wiggan and Yimardoowarra academic Dr Anne Poelina as they question what meaningful negotiation looks like, whilst industry pressure exposes the limits of land …

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Three Identical Strangers

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS

Winner – Special Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival In 1981, a freshman arrives at his new college dorm for his first day at college. People are waving and asking how his Summer was, but he’s never met them before. A student comes up and mentions he didn’t think he’d be back this year. The …

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Sharkwater

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION

Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart sets the illegal fishing industry in his sights for his final film. Sharkwater Extinction is the product of a a life-long obsession with marine conservation. Stewart’s third film in his jaw-droppingly beautiful series aims to again de-myth the nature of sharks across the world’s oceans, focusing instead of the ecological importance …

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Skate Kitchen

SKATE KITCHEN

The Wolfpack (SWIFF 2016 favourite) director Crystal Moselle makes her narrative feature debut with this winning portrait of the cheerfully boisterous skateboarding sisterhood that lends the film its name. Back in NYC, Moselle has uncovered yet another inimitable group of real-life New York youngsters, bumping into the larger than life, female skate crew on the …

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Her Sound Her Story

HER SOUND HER STORY

Her Sound Her Story unveils the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women today in the Australian music industry. Featuring conversations with over 45 beloved artists including Kate Ceberano, Julia Stone, Renee Geyer, Mojo Juju, Emma Donovan and Jen Cloher, the film documents women of diverse ages, genres, sexual orientations, ethnicity and careers …

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Leave no Trace

LEAVE NO TRACE

Will, (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water – SWIFF 2017) is educating his daughter outside of the public education system. It would be called homeschooling, but they don’t live in a home. They are survivalists, living off the land, moving camp regularly, in the vast natural state rainforests outside Portland, Oregon. Will is teaching his …

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I Used to Be Normal

I USED TO BE NORMAL

Go behind the screams in this delightful documentary about the pains and pleasures of being a Number 1 fan. One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Take That and of course the original boy band themselves, The Beatles. At first glance are hordes of devoted screaming fangirls, but underneath is a passion for music, a catharsis for the …

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Terror Nullius

TERROR NULLIUS

Soda_Jerk’s video mash-up of Australian cinema aims to un-write what it means to be Australian. Welcome to Terror Nullius. Created by the highly political, New York based art collective, the film made headlines this year when the Ian Potter Cultural Trust withdrew its support for this “very controversial piece of art”. Painstakingly patchworked together from …

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