By FilmInk Staff

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is one of the local highlights for fans of non-fiction filmmaking. Jammed in amongst the vast array of international premieres, masterclasses and special events is a wide range of Australian titles, including many first-shown features and shorts. For many documentarians, festivals are the principal avenue for getting their films in front of audiences, and The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival provides one of the best showcases for home-grown filmmakers.

There are works from major Australian figures (Bruce Beresford’s An Improbable Collection tracks the lives of local artists Frank Brangwyn and William Orpen; Warwick Thornton’s The Beach is a deeply personal piece); familiar faces (Firass Dirani’s Baba); indigenous stories (Ngatanwarr An Open Door; Eden Canoes; Ngumpin Kartiya; Noongar Culture In The Modern Era; Aboriginal Warrior); refugee accounts (Batoor: A Refugee Journey); tales of diversity (This Is My School; The Space Between); distinctly local works (Inferno Without Borders; Black Summer; Beyond The Burning: Voices From The East Gippsland Fires); female stories (Living On The Line; Harbour Lights; Salty Sea Dogs; With Flying Colours); cultural icons (Icebergers); and environmental activism (Cry Of The Forests: A Western Australian Story; Citizen Of The Great Barrier Reef; Wild Things).

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is a literal feast for fans of local non-fiction filmmaking.

For all ticketing, venue and programming details, head to the official site. For a look at FilmInk’s picks of what to see at The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, click here.  

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