If like us you missed out on MDFF this year, don’t panic! The festival has launched its own streaming platform titled Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Online. There is no shortage of content this year and with binge passes offering 2, 3, 5 and even 10 doco packs, you won’t run short of things to watch.
The festival have curated their top 10 picks on what you need to check out this year.
10. Vinyl Nation – digging into the resurgence of vinyl records and how it relates to modern day America.
9. Yes I Am : The Ric Weiland Story – one of the first employees at Microsoft and at out and proud champion of gay rights. The impact of his contribution to the LGBT community is still noticeable today.
8. My Rembetika Blues – The Greek Blues traces the journey of the genre from Smyrna in Turkey to Sydney Australia. Hosted by filmmaker M.Zournazi, the documentary traces back how music connects people during troubled times.
7.Chasing the Present – A wealthy man experiences difficult panic attacks and attempts to discover why he has them and truth about who we are.
6. ClayDream – Will Vinton was the innovator of claymation in the 1980’s and 90’s. It all came down after Nike investor Phil Knight got involved. Watch what happens in one of the most interesting stories told.
5. Australia Burns..The Silence Of the Land – In 2019-20 Australia suffered one of the worst bushfire seasons on record. This documentary focuses on the effect on the wildlife and eco system and how and if climate change was involved and if we can expect this to be ongoing.
4. AWARE – Glimpses of Consciousness – A recent research into consciousness attempts to explore the Big Questions like where do we go when we die? What is consciousness? This is definitely one to make you think.
3. The Last Horns of Africa – an intimate look into the current rhino poaching across Africa. This follows the journey of two conservation heroes putting their lives on the line to protect the rhino in their care.
2. The Wisdom of Trauma – One of the most talked about things in recent years is trauma. Dr Mate hosts this exploration into trauma-informed society and understanding the sources from which troubling behaviours and diseases spring into the wounded human soul.
1.We Are Conjola – Our Fire, Our Story – Director and film maker Ash Brennan lost his house in Conjola in the park bushfire on NYE 2019. Conjola was essentially wiped off the map until a group of artists started creating and gave the community hope that they could recover together. Bring your tissues for that one.
For MDFF Streaming Access till the 31st of July
You can buy a Binge pass here
Catch the individual streams here
Select documentaries will also play in select theatres in September this year.
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