• Alex Sloan and Bob Connolly

    Alex Sloan and Bob Connolly

  • Jessica Beange and Arri Amoore

    Jessica Beange and Arri Amoore

  • Trudy Brasell-Jones, Lola Buckeley and Rachel Palmer

    Trudy Brasell-Jones, Lola Buckeley and Rachel Palmer

  • Piers Douglas, Alica Flack Kone and Cheikh Kone, Ruth Martins and Francois Diez

    Piers Douglas, Alica Flack Kone and Cheikh Kone, Ruth Martins and Francois Diez

  • Christian Jack, Sophie Rice and Victoria Foxton

    Christian Jack, Sophie Rice and Victoria Foxton

  • David Mackenzie and Jenny Manning

    David Mackenzie and Jenny Manning

  • Festival Directors Deborah Kingsland and Simon Weaving

    Festival Directors Deborah Kingsland and Simon Weaving

  • Rusudan Tchumbadze and Shorena Duchidze

    Rusudan Tchumbadze and Shorena Duchidze

  • Jason Frohnmayer, Trevlyn Gilmour and Daniel Reategui

    Jason Frohnmayer, Trevlyn Gilmour and Daniel Reategui

  • Lauren Butler, Suzette Pullinger, Ashley Goldberg and Lana Halperin

    Lauren Butler, Suzette Pullinger, Ashley Goldberg and Lana Halperin

  • Ross Kingsland, Andrew Pike, Deborah Kingsland and Ann McGrath

    Ross Kingsland, Andrew Pike, Deborah Kingsland and Ann McGrath

  • Katherine Morrell and Shelini Harris

    Katherine Morrell and Shelini Harris

  • Takunda Zwambila and his mother Jacqueline Zwambila

    Takunda Zwambila and his mother Jacqueline Zwambila

Stronger Than Fiction: Documentary Film Festival

31 July 2014

 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