• Sarah Mason and Sam Dijnand

    Sarah Mason and Sam Dijnand

  • Marisa Martin and John Frohlich

    Marisa Martin and John Frohlich

  • Camilla Blunden and Chrissie Shaw

    Camilla Blunden and Chrissie Shaw

  • Hilary and Karl Giason

    Hilary and Karl Giason

  • Tim Duck, James Lane and Deb Kingsland

    Tim Duck, James Lane and Deb Kingsland

  • Sarah Mason, Helen Diprose, Alex Weaver and Caitlin Nelson

    Sarah Mason, Helen Diprose, Alex Weaver and Caitlin Nelson

  • Sally and David Letts

    Sally and David Letts

  • Jane Barrett, Sophie Brown and Sam Dijnand

    Jane Barrett, Sophie Brown and Sam Dijnand

  • Jai Tongbor and Nick Wansbrough

    Jai Tongbor and Nick Wansbrough

Stronger Than Fiction: Documentary Film Festival Launch 2016

13 July 2016

Stronger Than Fiction is our own boutique international documentary film festival that has steadily grown in stature and is now in its fourth year with at the helm Deb Kingsland and Simon Weaving as co-directors.

The initial funding for the festival came from the 2013 Centenary coffers, but competing for an audience in that year had its own peculiar difficulties with all of us overwhelmed by options. But perseverance has paid dividends with audiences increasing steadily doubling in 2014 and in 2015 being up by 54%.

Many memorable documentaries have been shown and last year the opening night showing of Sherpa was an inspirational one from Canberra director Jennifer Peedom.

Festival co-director Deb Kingsland sees this year as a coming of age for the festival officially launching the program with a media screening of Free to Run directed by Pierre Morath that exposes the unknown story of the sexism in running. Fifty years ago it was the domain of men and this documentary traces the five decades of women leading the way to just be allowed to run and compete at the highest level. Most of us have probably forgotten that the first Olympic marathon for women was at the 1984 Los Angeles games where Joan Benoit ran for the USA. It is an eye opening story with some extraordinary women telling their story with candour and exposing the ridiculous reasons why the blokes denied them the right to run. And look where we are now.

The festival runs from 28 July to 31 July with highly recommended Jim: The James Foley Story, audience winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Foley, a freelance journalist who was murdered by ISIS and the documentary traces his early life, includes stories from those who shared his prison cell and tells the story of this outstanding journalist working in areas of international conflict.

Also for those who remember, Janis: Little Girl Blue is an eagerly anticipated story of 60’s icon Janis Joplin. She died aged 27 but is still a voice from an era which changed music forever.

 The full program is available at strongerthanfictiondocs.com