Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2017 Contents SFF is honoured to
present the Documentary
Award for Best
by the Foundation.
Previous winners include
In the Shadow of the Hill
(2016), Only the Dead
(2015), 35 Letters (2014),
Killing Anna (2012),
Life in Movement (2011),
The Snowman (2010),
A Good Man (2009) and
Filmmaker guests in attendance
For all screenings
Dan Jackson, director of In the Shadow of the Hill, winner of the 2016
Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary
Tyson Mowarin is a Ngarluma man from Roebourne, WA.
He has directed shorts including Mabuji (2009) and Ngurra
Wangaggu (2013), short documentaries and produced a
Welcome to Country mobile app and a VR project.
Sarah Barton has written and directed documentaries
since graduating in 1992. She was founding series
producer of No Limits (2003). Films include: Untold Desires
(1994); Secret Fear (1997); A Wing and a Prayer (2000).
Karina Holden joined ABC’s Natural History Unit at 23.
She worked for National Geographic and Discovery Channel
before returning to the ABC where she oversaw 150 hours
of factual content. Blue is her feature-length debut.
Matthew Salleh’s work focuses on capturing intimate
portraits of unique and vibrant cultures. In 2013 he won
an ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary.
Barbecue is his debut feature film.
mon 12 Jun 4:05 Pm eV9
Australia, USA, UK | 2016 | 84 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Sarah Barton | Producers: Sarah
Barton, Liz Burke | Production Company: Defiant Lives
The story of the rise and triumph of the disability
rights movement, featuring some of the most
impressive activists you’ve never heard of. The film
uses exclusive interviews with movement leaders
from the past five decades, combined with rarely
seen archival footage sourced from Australia, USA
and the UK. The story begins in the big institutions
where people with disability were routinely
imprisoned for life. From the 1960s onward, small
numbers began to escape, only to end up battling
a brutal and dehumanising system. Defiant Lives
is full of extraordinary characters determined to
create a better world.
CONNECTION TO COUNTRY
sun 11 Jun 8:30 Pm state
mon 12 Jun 4:05 Pm ritZ
tue 13 Jun 6:15 Pm dneW
Australia | 2017 | 70 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director, Screenwriter: Karina Holden | Producers:
Karina Holden, Sarah Beard, Sue Clother | Distributor:
As marine biologist and activist Lucas Handley
explains, our oceans are in trouble and it’s time
we stopped thinking of them as both a place of
limitless resources and a dumping ground. His
call for action is echoed by passionate advocates
for marine preservation, including a shark activist,
an FNQ ranger, seabird specialist, sustainability
promoter, Greenpeace SE Asia’s Mark Dia, and
long-time campaigner Valerie Taylor. Filmed over
two years in Indonesia, the Philippines, Hawaii and
Australia, this cinematic, galvanizing documentary
comes at a time when we are making critical
decisions that will decide the legacy we leave for
generations to come.
Wed 14 Jun 6:00 Pm doQ2
sat 17 Jun 3:00 Pm casula
sun 18 Jun 6:10 Pm dneW
Australia | 2016 | 101 mins | In Swedish, Visayan,
Mongolian, Afrikaans, Zulu, Armenian, Arabic,
Japanese, Maori, English, Spanish and Zapotec with
English subtitles | Australian Premiere
Director: Matthew Salleh | Screenwriter: Matthew Salleh
Producers: Daniel Joyce, Rose Tucker | World Sales:
Australian filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose
Tucker travelled the globe to document barbecues
in a diverse range of communities. From Afrikaans
tradition that encompasses good conversation first
and good meat second; to the Mongolian ancestral
approach, boodog, which involves goats and hot
stones. From the Swedish engangsgrill (ideal after
a long winter), to refugees opening a sharwarma
shop in a camp on the Syrian-Jordan border.
Follow the film with an international feast at
The Meat & Wine Co. See page 53.
tue 13 Jun 6:30 Pm eV9
Australia | 2017 | 57 mins | In English and Ngarluma
with English subtitles | World Premiere
Director: Tyson Mowarin | Screenwriters: Robyn Marais,
John Moore, Tyson Mowarin | Producer: Robyn Marais
Distributor: ABC Commercial
In the heart of Western Australia’s Pilbara region
sits the Burrup Peninsula (or Murujuga). It is
host to the largest concentration of rock art in
the world, dating back over 40,000 years. It’s a
dramatic and ancient landscape so sacred that
some parts shouldn’t be looked upon at all, except
by Traditional Owners. Waves of industrialisation
and development threaten sites all over the region,
but the people of the Pilbara – forever connected
to country, forever responsible – are fighting back.
Documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites
and battling to get their unique cultural heritage
recognised, ‘digitised’ and celebrated.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIvAL 2017
14 DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION AWARD
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