This week sees the opening of Antenna – the first edition of Australia’s International Documentary Festival in Sydney.
From this Wednesday 5th October the festival takes over the Chauvel cinema in Paddington for five days of incredible documentaries. Organisers received over 400 submissions and have compiled a program of challenging, entertaining and fascinating films portraying life in Australia and all over the world. There’s also a ‚ÄúBest Documentary‚Äù competition, a Doc_Next initiative for budding filmmakers and the 2011 Walkley Documentary finalists.
Some of our picks for the festival include:
– Follow the battle against locusts in Australia and Ethiopa with Memoirs of a Plague
– The powerful story of soldiers in Afghanistan in Hell and Back Again
– The tale of two people who share a defining regret – their sex changes – in Regretters
– The transformation of an enormous Brooklyn pool into a rock concert in Pool Party
– The thrillingly beautiful study of a Finnish nuclear waste facility in Into Eternity
– The dancing private investigators of Kolkata in The Bengali Detective
With plenty more films to choose from, it’s going to be a busy five days. Check out the full program at the Antenna website.