MA15+Strong coarse language
In 2015, a fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Winner of over 20 awards, and selected as Romania’s Academy Awards entry for Best International Film, COLLECTIVE follows journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials in its uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.
For the 4th consecutive year, DIFF and Screen Territory proudly present the Spark Film Initiative showcase, a collection of commissioned short films by local emerging talent. This year, the theme proposed to the teams is Intergenerational relationships. For the first time, Spark is joined by broadcast partner ABC, so the films can be enjoyed nation-wide!
James enters the small town of Greenfield to win his former girlfriend Kelly back, but tensions soon explode when her brother confides him with a volatile secret. Greenfield is a powerful WA drama that explores the group dynamics of male dominated small towns and the toxic environment it can breed.
A cautionary tale told in three contradicting accounts; this is a story of a broadcasting student who discovers the shady truth about the TV reporter he idolizes - a dignified newsman who is supposed to be a paragon of virtue, but is not who he appears to be on television.
Within the corrupt systems of recruitment, training and placement, millions of rural Indonesian women place their hopes and dreams in domestic care roles overseas. Can competent help be delivered when the path is broken? Choosing to leave your family behind... your children, your husband, your parents... to work overseas for what may be many years, is a difficult decision to make. But for 1000’s of women in rural Indonesia, there are few alternatives.
Brussels, today. Issachar et Zabulon, two broke twenty-something brothers with a knack for stupidity and trouble, live in a low-income housing complex in Brussels with their mother Cashmere. When they lose their mother’s beloved dog, January-Jack, she gives them an ultimatum - find him in 24 hours or get kicked out of the house.
MMature themes, violence and coarse language
Early in 2017, Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer. His doctors estimated six months for him but David, being David, was always likely to defy the odds. And he continues to do so with probably his last great work, My Name is Gulpilil.
Rwanda | French, Kinyarwanda Australian Premiere *** Rwanda, 1973. Our Lady of the Nile is a prestigious Catholic boarding school perched high on a hill, where teenage girls are groomed to be the Rwandan elite. Graduation on the horizon, they share the same dormitory, the same dreams and concerns. But throughout the country as well as within the school, deep-seated antagonisms rumble. Changing these young girls’ lives – and the entire nation – forever.
Joseph (Ben Whishaw) is trapped in a soulless job, living a life devoid of emotion and meaning. After an impulsive act of rebellion, Joseph unleashes a wilder version of himself. He is propelled on a reckless journey through London, ultimately experiencing what it feels like to be alive.
The Biennial Capricornia Film Awards are back, postponed from September 2020 to this special edition of DIFF. The last two years, Territorians have produced a range of powerful, exciting, moving screen content, and to close DIFF 2020: Take two, we are celebrating the best of the best in the following categories: • Feature Film • Short Film • Series • Music video • Commercial and corporate • And some special awards The Jury: Geoff Burton – Cinematographer, Director, Writer, Producer Jenny Day - Producer Sandy O’Sullivan – Associate Professor in Creative Industries Sue Maslin - Producer From frontier “Northern” to enchanting rom-coms and highly entertaining series, join us in supporting the exciting Territory screen industry at this star and talent studded night filled with entertainment, surprises, emotion and highest levels of territory-ness! Tickets include dinner and a welcome drink, ceremony and access to the awards’ After Party.
Luc travels to Paris for the first time to sit the entrance exam for a carpentry school. There he meets Djemila, a young worker with whom he enjoys a short romance, before returning to his home town and beginning a relationship with Geneviève, whom he has known since childhood. Caught between two passions, Luc runs, resolving to fulfil his father's dreams by devoting himself to his future... until finally, he experiences true love.
Australian Premiere DIFF Opening Night Gala Singapore | English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Malay, Tamil *** Synopsis: Ah Bee goes on a comedic odyssey through Tiong Bahru Social Club, a data-driven project to create the happiest neighbourhood in the world. Little by little Ah Bee’s encounters with the neighbourhood’s residents reveal the absurdity of life. *** Kick off DIFF with the Australian Premiere of Singaporean film Tiong Bahru Social Club. Both clever and light-hearted, this soft sci-fi comedy with a tati-esque je-ne-sais-quoi is as much a visual treat as a feel-good, gentle satire. Such a perfect way to dip into the week of films ahead! Join us from 6pm for a sunset welcome drink and some entertainment before the screening. Australian Premiere
In a time when Western culture has lost its sense of transcendence, dramatic rituals celebrating the turning of the seasons, and the mysteries of sex, death and human existence, provide deeply meaningful experiences to Pagans in Australia. But there are great challenges inherent in practising this nature-based religion south of the equator. Australia is Aboriginal sacred country. It is a vast continent with distinctly different seasons and ecosystems to those of the Northern Hemisphere. In 'Under a Pagan Sky', Druids and Witches navigate these difficulties to experience the sacredness of Mother Earth through community and ritual.
MA15+Strong coarse language
NT Premiere Australia | English | Open Caption When gigging guitarist, Noah, finds himself disillusioned and transient, he quits the band of his 90's pop icon mentor, and returns to his mother's home in Sydney, Australia, seeking connection and rejuvenation. Clashing with his mother over old wounds, Noah seeks solace elsewhere, and soon finds himself swept up in the vibrant, passionate life and of a young, trans-man, Finn, who is a proud, Auslan-only speaker who works and runs a local centre and nightclub for his deaf community. Together, the pair traverse new ground, sharing their languages - Noah's music and Finn's signs - with one another. They move carefully, as this is Finn's first relationship while he is on the precipice of diving into his trans journey. Finn struggles to spread his wings and come into his own, as he suffocates beneath his father's over-protection and the financial strife facing his club. Determined to reapply to his music and join a community, Noah offers to help aid the club any way he can. But as the two become closer, and with no shared language to fall back on, they only risk hurting each other, as they learn to be true to themselves.
Wild Things follows a new generation of environmental activists that are mobilising against forces more powerful than themselves and saying, enough. Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco-warriors will do whatever it takes to save their futures from the ravages of climate change. From chaining themselves to coal trains, sitting high in the canopy of threatened rainforest or locking onto bulldozers, their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action with one finger tap. Against a backdrop of drought, fire and floods; we witness how today’s environmentalists are making a difference and explore connections with the past through the untold stories of previous campaigns. Surprisingly the methods of old still have currency when a groundswell of school kids inspired by the actions of 16-year old Swedish student Greta Thunberg say, ‘change is coming’ and call a national strike demanding action against global warming.
With his tribe’s move to follow the migrating bison imminent, Yakari, the little Sioux boy, sets out on his own to follow the trail of Little Thunder, a wild mustang said to be untamable. On his journey, Yakari is visited by Great Eagle, his totem animal who gives him a magnificent feather as well as the incredible ability to speak to animals. Traveling far from home and deep into the territory of the terrible pumaskin clad hunters, Yakari and Little Thunder undertake a great adventure and find their way back home again.