The Face of Ukraine – Casting Oksana Baiul

Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of gold medal-winning figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.

 

W/D Kitty Green. Producers Kitty Green, Philippa Campey, Michael Latham. Cinematographer Michael Latham. Editor Kitty Green. 7 mins. 2014.

 

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Galore

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At 17, love is as big as life is immense. It’s a sweltering summer before the final year of school and Billie and Laura share every secret except for Billie’s biggest secret – she’s crazy in love and sleeping with Laura’s boyfriend Danny.

 

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Happy Everyday

Happy Everyday: Park Life in China takes an intimate look at the complexities of contemporary China through the eyes of its retirees (the young adults of the Cultural Revolution), who have now invented a whole new culture of frenetic activity in the parks of Beijing and Shanghai.

 

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murundak – Songs of Freedom

Murundak - Songs of Freedom journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.

 

From the concert halls of the Sydney Opera House to remote Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory, ‘murundak‘ – meaning ‘alive’ in Woirurrung language – brings together pioneering singers including Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby and the late Ruby Hunter, and a stellar lineup of emerging Indigenous talent including Dan Sultan, Shellie Morris and Emma Donovan.

 

Filmed against the backdrop of Australia’s changing political landscape, ‘murundak‘ charts one of the most significant events in Australian music history as The Black Arm Band sing up the country’s troubled past through their stories of sorrow, anger and hope.

 

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Bastardy

For forty years and with infectious humour and optimism, Jack Charles has juggled a life of crime with another successful career – acting.  Since founding the first Aboriginal theatre company, Jack has performed with Australia’s most renowned actors and directors in features, TV series and plays.

 

Filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson follows Jack over seven years – blurring the line between director and accomplice as Jack traverses the criminal and acting worlds. However, the law finally catches up and when Jack faces a jail sentence he might not survive, he is forced to decide if he can go straight for the first time in his life.

 

Bastardy is the story of one man’s journey into the light.

 

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Mercury

Climate change. Sabotage. Murder. When one man stumbles across a conspiracy in the outback, he must fight to expose the truth before it is too late – for him and us.

 

Financed as part of the inaugural Screen Australia Springboard program, Mercury is an action-packed short thriller about one man’s attempt to 
expose an international conspiracy and save the planet.

 

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The Fibros and the Silvertails

The Fibros and the Silvertails is the story of the feud between two football teams that turned into a war about class and alleged corruption.

 

The teams are Wests and Manly. The year is 1978. Manly are the new face of rugby league and have won the premiership three times in the last decade. Wests have to look back to 1952. Then a new coach takes over at Wests. Roy Masters coins the phrase — the fibros and the silvertails — to describe the struggle of the western suburbs against the elite of the city’s north and east. The season will become a war of words off the field and a battle on the field. The game will be overshadowed by violence and refereeing controversy. At the start, Wests and Manly are just two teams among many. By the end, they will be bitter rivals. Fibro and silvertail will be part of our language, and everyone will have two teams — their own team and the team playing Manly.

 

This is the story of one of sport’s classic feuds.

 

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Words from the City

Words from the City is a feature documentary exploring Australian hip hop through intimate and candid observations of some of the nation’s most potent and compelling MCs.

 

Focusing on the unique lyrical and verbal artistry of the form, the film follows a diverse range of artists from around the country, including Wire MC, Hilltop Hoods, Downsyde, Layla, Koolism, Bliss N Eso, Maya Jupiter, TZU and MC Trey. From social and political rage to personal and cultural storytelling, from laneways and parks to festivals and nightclubs, the film explores the diverse environments that shape these artists and their urge to make their voices heard.

 

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Clara

Struggling with a massive change in her life, 12-year-old Clara is disoriented and confused. Her efforts to remedy the situation and make sense of her new world are thwarted when flowers attack her and ants invade her home. Her enchanted childhood has changed forever.

 

A stop motion animation that had its world premiere at Cannes in 2005 where it was awarded the Special Mention from the Palme d’Or du court métrage Jury. Clara went on to win the Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo and screened in competition at Sundance in 2006.

 

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Open Cut

This project was born out of a need to make sense of the archive – to see more clearly. Yallourn is a 20th century story. A tribute to modernism and model living. A time capsule of optimism. The rise and rise of consumerism. The rise and fall of a community.

 

“I don’t have a home town, I have an archive. If I want to visit my place of birth, I watch a movie.” – Phil Burke

 

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