Read about the Visit Victoria funding announcement to grow the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival. Thanks to the Bendigo Advertiser. Read article.
We’re in the thick of planning the 2019 program and there are some very exciting events in development.
Read about all the latest C-Doc happenings here
C-Doc’s special 2018 opening night event is a magical combination of film and live music performance.
GURRUMUL, a documentary considered to be one of the most important Australian films ever made will be shown together with the film’s director Paul Williams in conversation with our evening’s host, Leila Gurruwiwi of Marngrook Footy showfame
Then, in a world first, we will have manager/producer, Michael Hohnen, composer Erkki Veltheim, founding member of the Saltwater Band, Lloyd Malalung, and other key musicians from the film live on stage talking us through the incredible artistic and technical challenges involved in bringing together the vastly different words of indigenous and western music.
Led by their fascinating insights the evening will culminate with a live performance of selected pieces, featuring tracks from their chart topping “Child of the Rainbow” album. A magical end to a magical evening.
For the film’s director Paul Williams, the most important and beautiful part of GURRUMUL is this bringing together of two totally different musical worlds and cultures. To further enrich our understanding of this, Paul will add to the musicians’ conversation by showing several extended film scenes about their musical process which have never been seen before.
We are very excited about our opening night, and believe that it shows how two worlds and cultures can come together so that we can all journey together with hope, healing and reconciliation.
Special World Day Against the Death Penalty screening
Wednesday 10th October – 7.30pm
Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine
On Wednesday 10th October 2018 C-Doc, in collaboration with Savage Films, Reprieve Australia and the AIDC, hosted a special event screening of GUILTY in Castlemaine. Special guest speaker for the night, Guardian journalist Brigid Delaney, who was co-founder of the Mercy Campaign, delivered a very moving and personal account of her experience of these last three days. This was an extraordinary event which deeply affected all who attended.
GUILTY is a very powerful and moving Australian-made feature documentary showing the final 72 hours in the life of Myuran Sukumaran, one of the Bali 9. Myuran was executed by the Indonesian authorities on 29th April 2015 along with fellow Australian Andrew Chan, but whilst on death row he became an accomplished artist under the guidance of Ben Quilty.
Seamlessly blending creative segments and archival footage, GUILTY shows us the last 72 hours of Myuran’s life through his outpouring of self-portraits, and how ultimately, he entered prison as a criminal and left it as an artist.
Wednesday October 10th is the sixteenth annual World Day against the Death Penalty. From sunrise to sunset there will be thousands of supporting events and cinema screenings across the globe, so please join us and make your voice heard at our screening of GUILTY here in Castlemaine. In order to really engage with both the issues and with Myuran as a character, we will be having an audience Q&A and discussion before the film. This will be led by Guardian journalist Brigid Delaney, co-founder of the Mercy Campaign, which fought for clemency for Myuran and Andrew and brings an in-depth knowledge to all of the key issues.
GUILTY has been nominated in the Best Documentary category at this year’s AACTA awards, and is also a finalist in the ATOM awards.
OSCAR NOMINATED SYRIAN FILM DIRECTOR FERAS FAYYAD WILL NOW APPEAR AT CDOC VIA SKYPE DUE TO VISA ADMINISTRATION ISSUES
IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE. Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad will not attend the 2018 festival screening of his film Last Men in Aleppo due to visa administration issues. Instead, he will join us live by Skype after the special screening of his film at the Theatre Royal Castlemaine on Saturday 21 July at 7.30pm, for an in-depth discussion led by award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, Santilla Chingaipe. An audience Q&A will follow, and we encourage everyone to come along to this powerful screening to show your support for Feras, his film, and the wider issues at stake.
Last Men in Aleppo is an extraordinary example of the power of documentary to focus attention on global issues. Filmed over three years, this visceral film combines moments of heart-pounding suspense, tragedy, and improbable beauty, and takes us right into the lives of three men from the “White Helmets” in Aleppo who confront an agonizing dilemma; do I stay and fight for my country and my dignity, or do I flee for the safety of my children and family?
Currently the fate of some 1,000 “White helmet” volunteers and their family members, and the need to plan a possible evacuation for them, has become a focus of discussions of several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Feras has recently been in Syria where he is shooting his next film and will be able to provide current insights about the issues during his discussion with us.
With a global spotlight on the shameful nightmare that is Syria, please support this screening and our live Skype conversation with Feras by coming along to the Theatre Royal at 7.30pm, Saturday 21st July. Details and tickets at www.cdocff.com.au
We’re excited to announce that we are taking the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival (CDOC) on a roadshow in the lead up to the 2018 festival.
Experience a special FREE CDOC screening in Dunolly, Clunes, Castlemaine and Bendigo during May/June – details and bookings here.
View details of our gala opening event here.