Review: ‘A Holy Duty’

Few subjects instill as much dread and fear as death. It can be a precarious subject to tackle in a film. Perhaps the most challenging aspect for a filmmaker is finding the right way to approach the topic while maintaining sensitivity and not being intrusive or grotesque. Sarah Marcuson’s short documentary “A Holy Duty” is […]

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Review: ‘Angel.’

Music documentaries are a great way to discover emerging artists. In “Angel.’” directed by Charlotte White, the songwriting process of Melbourne-based musician Indy Angel is explored and the effect of creative expression through music to help heal after trauma revealed. Affectionately filmed, the 11-minute short opens with Angel’s parents discussing what the singer was like […]

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Review: ‘Rat Tail’

Chad Sogas’ autobiographical short documentary “Rat Tail” starts out as a quirky nostalgic look back at his midwestern upbringing and the rat tail hairstyle he rocked for a decade, the braided locks still stored safely in his parents’ basement. The 15-minute film opens with a collection of loving home videos and photographs of Sogas’ childhood […]

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Review: ‘Raising Joey’

At just under 9 minutes long, “Raising Joey” wins hearts with its humbling look at the work of wildlife carers as they strive to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned joeys following the devastating Australian bushfires of early 2020. Joined by renowned animal photographer Alex Cearns OAM, whose work often helps support and promote animal […]

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Review: ‘Nanna Power: The Story of the Gloucester Knitting Nannas’

In recent years there have been a number of films made documenting the work of environmental and climate activists. Many tend to showcase the youth movement and their inspiring efforts to mobilize and be heard. Yet, young people aren’t the only ones who care about saving the planet. Cue the Knitting Nannas! Directed by Anne […]

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MDFF: 7 Art and Culture Shorts to Watch

A feast of short documentaries will screen this weekend in Melbourne. The selections are from the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, which was previously held online due to COVID-19 but whose films now find their way to Cinema Nova May 23rd. Art, music, and culture docs are aplenty. Below are 7 picks we think you […]

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Directed by Ran Li and produced by Jiapei Wu

Review: ‘Silver Lining’

Winner of Best Australian Short Documentary at the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, “Silver Lining” introduces viewers to a Chinese immigrant in her 60s as she adjusts to life in Melbourne following the tragic passing of her husband. The woman, who has lived in Melbourne for four years, doesn’t speak English but does her best […]

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