Australia’s first Hot Docs Film Festival is fast approaching. This documentary film festival is the Australian edition of the renowned Canadian festival. It will take place across three cities - Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra - between June 14 and July 3. It will bring 24 inspiring and thought-provoking films from 15 different countries.
Mr Gaga, the audience award winner for Documentary Spotlight at South by Southwest 2016 about the Batsheva Dance Company, will be the opening night film for both Melbourne and Canberra. In Sydney, the festival will open with League of Exotique Dancers, a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.
Other highlights include Jim: The James Foley Story, about the journalist who was executed by ISIS in 2014, which won the audience award at Sundance this year; The Road, which looks at corruption in China; and What Tomorrow Brings, which looks at a woman’s fight to educate young girls in Afghanistan. Two Australian documentaries - Charlie Hill Smith’s Motorkite Dreaming and Helen Kapalos’s A Life Of its Own - will have their world premiere at the festival.
The dates are as follows:
- Melbourne (Palace Westgarth and Palace Cinema Como): 14 to 29 June
- Canberra (Palace Electric): 15 to 26 June
- Sydney (Palace Verona): 21 June to 3 July
Thanks to the festival organizers, we have 10 double passes to give away to our readers in Australia. The passes can be used for all screenings except the Opening Night, Closing Night and any special events.
For a chance to win, all you have to do is to email your name and postal address to me at hugo[at]ScreenAnarchy.net
You can find out more details about the festival on its official website
. This competition will close at 3pm on Friday June 10. -- Good luck!
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