Festival guests

A vibrant piece of the SWIFF experience is getting up close and personal with the creatives that worked hard to bring these films to screen – and bring a story to life. Attending a Q&A after a film screening is a great way to gain insight on the creative processes behind these films from directors, actors, producers and more – and a favourite past time for SWIFF audiences.
Here are the guests you’ll be able to hear from during SWIFF’22.

PHILIPPA BATEMAN

DIRECTOR, WRITER · WASH MY SOUL IN THE RIVER’S FLOW

WED 4 MAY · 6.30PM · JMT 

Director and writer Philippa Bateman with be delivering a Q&A regarding her time working with the wonderful Archie Roach and creating this heartfelt and vital concert documentary. Nominated for the Ferguson Film Prize. 

TIM & SANDRINE BONYTHON

DIRECTORS · THE BIG WAVE PROJECT II 

SUN 24 APR · 4PM · CHEC

Tim & Sandrine live and breathe big waves. Hear from the directors themselves how thy gained access into the inner circle of surfers tackling insane multi-storey walls of water. 

JANE CASTLE

DIRECTOR, WRITER · WHEN THE CAMERA STOPPED ROLLING 

WED 4 MAY · 4.15PM · JMT

The personal and poignant story of pioneering Australian cinematographer Lilias Fraser is best told by her filmmaker daughter Jane Castle, so this Q&A is not one to miss. Nominated for the Ferguson Film Prize. 

DANNY COHEN

DIRECTOR · ANONYMOUS CLUB

FRI 22 APR · 6.30PM · JMT

Hear about the fascinatingly unique creative process that allowed Danny access to Courtney Barnett’s personal life from Danny himself.  Nominated for the Ferguson Film Prize. 

JEFF DANIELS

DIRECTOR · TELEVISION EVENT 

SUN 24 APR · 2PM · JMT

Hear the story of how this nuclear-war pop doc came to be, and ask any burning questions about this stranger-than-fiction event. 

JOLYON HOFF

DIRECTOR · THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW (SWIFF LIVE: SURFING SOUNDWAVES) 

SAT 30 APR · 6PM · CHEC

Acclaimed Australian director and SWIFF alum Jolyon Hoff will be participating in a Q&A after the SWIFF Live: Surfing Soundwaves session. 

BEN LAWRENCE

DIRECTOR, WRITER · ITHAKA · PRESENTER · DIRECTING FOR THE SCREEN: MASTERCLASS WITH BEN LAWRENCE 

Accomplished Australian director Ben Lawrence will give insight into his time working with Julian Assange’s family as the Wikileaks saga continues. 

Ben Lawrence will also be giving a workshop as part of SWIFF Create on directing for the screen – find out more on the workshop HERE

EMMA MACEY-STORCH & NEETU MAHOR

DIRECTOR, FEATURED · GEETA 

FRI 29 APR · 2PM · JMT

Delve deeper into the inspiring true story of Geeta through director Emma and Geeta’s daughter Neetu, herself an acid attack survivor. 

Emma Macey Storch nominated for the Ferguson Film Prize. 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN SAUNDERS, LUKE AUSTIN & NADIA TOPPLER

PANEL DISCUSSION · CARBON: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY

WED 4 MAY · 11AM · CHEC

A panel discussion hosted by Southern Cross University, exploring carbon capture technology and the next generation of carbon science – following the fascinating Australian documentary which is narrated by ‘Carbon’ herself (Sarah Snook).

JOHN & GABRIEL SHIPTON

FEATURED · ITHAKA

FRI 29 APR · 6.30PM · JMT

SUN 1 MAY · 4PM · CHEC

Alongside director Ben Lawrence, hear from Julian Assange’s brother and father regarding the ongoing battle to free their son and brother following both screenings of Ithaka.

JAMES VAUGHAN & FERGUS WILSON

DIRECTOR, ACTOR · FRIENDS & STRANGERS

TUE 26 APR · 6.30PM · JMT

Ferguson Film Prize Nominee James Vaughan will be joined by actor Fergus Wilson on stage for a Q&A all about bringing this wry Australian take on contemporary solipsism.

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