Stronger Than Fiction: Documentary Film FestivalShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The Documentary Film Festival, Stronger Than Fiction, started amongst the hoopla and hullabaloo of the centenary celebrations last year and its back. Standing very firmly on its commitment to cinematic excellence in this specialized field, co-directed by the talented duo of Deborah Kingsland and Simon Weaving, and with inspiration and aspirations to make it a national event.
The chosen ones for this year’s festival are an eclectic mix of stories, people, places and events. All award winners and all created by dedicated film makers hoping to take you along for a wonderful ride. And all are screening at the uber comfortable Palace Electric Cinema complex.
Opening night and the powerful and uplifting School of Babel quickly overwhelmed us – it’s a few tissue story - in an emotional involvement in the lives of a disparate group of children assimilating and integrating into life in Paris and the teacher who becomes the centrifugal force in their lives. She is to admire as she inspires these children from a united nations of countries and we watch in admiration her tactics and the emotional roller coaster ride of children whose lives are far from normal.
While the eclectic mix of international documentaries could fill all your spare time the Australian Premiere of Message from Mungo by co-directors Andrew Pike and Ann McGrath is proving to be a favourite as conflict between the scientists and the indigenous people after the discovery of 40,000 year old human remains at Lake Mungo is documented. It’s on at 4.15 Sunday at Palace Electric. All information at strongerthanfictiondocs.com