WORLD FIRST OPENING NIGHT EVENT AT THE 2018 CASTLEMAINE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (CDOC)
‘In an increasingly virtual world lived online, more and more people are craving the authenticity that comes from documentary films. Whether it be in the real-life characters, the real-life stories or the real-world problems dealt with in documentary, audiences are connecting with these films like never before,’ explains Festival Director, Geoffrey Smith. ‘Our passion at CDOC is to bring these fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters to audiences in central Victoria, and this year we have a stunning line up of thirteen films, 6 of them Australian and 7 of them directed by women.’
CDOC’s opening night gala is Gurrumul, one of the most important Australian films of the last decade. The special event will feature this beautiful film and its director, Paul Williams, in conversation with the evening’s host, Leila Gurruwiwi— then, in a world first, the key musicians in the film will come onto the stage and discuss how they brought together the vastly different worlds of indigenous and western music, and the very real artistic and technical challenges they overcame to do so. Led by their fascinating insights the evening will culminate with a live performance of selected pieces, featuring tracks from their chart-topping album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow). A magical end to a magical evening.
Smith watches hundreds of films in order to find that select group which he wants to program, and the result is a huge diversity of highly engaging cinema documentaries. They range from an award winning Australian women director examining her troubled relationship with her father, through to a film shot over 14 years following children growing up in the Moscow city dump; a highly original take on David Hockney’s life from 1973; an Oscar nominated film from last year on the visceral reality of Syria; an Israeli journalist and a Palestinian mother confronting their most profound biases as they inch towards a possible friendship; and how a young woman miraculously survives a major stroke and finds herself starting again in an alien world bereft of language and logic.
Festivals are not just about screening great films, but also about giving those screenings something extra and turning them into memorable events. CDOC is passionate about connecting their audience with as many directors and contributors as possible, and this year will include 8 live Q&As, some on Skype from Europe and the US, but the majority live on stage at the Theatre Royal.
There is a range of ticket options available for the festival. Program details and tickets are available at www.cdocff.com.au The Theatre Royal is at 30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine.
WHAT | CDOC
Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
WHEN | 20-22 July 2018
WHERE | Theatre Royal Castlemaine
30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine Victoria
TICKETS | Various – single sessions, special events, day and full festival passes
DETAILS | www.cdocff.com.au