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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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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Interview: Ivan Gaal on ‘A Man From the Other Side’

A curious inquiry to a friend about why he walks so funny leads to the unfolding of the man’s life story on a lawn bowling green in “A Man From the Other Side” directed by Ivan Gaal and Janos Zoltan. In this fascinating and quirky 8-minute short, Denis Evans a journalist and presenter at Melbourne […]

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Doc Highlight: ‘Blood Sugar’ Directed by Joe Hitchcock

Over the next two weeks Documentary Drive will be spotlighting a few of the great 2016 short films produced by the New Zealand-based documentary initiative Loading Docs. Each year, with support from the NZ On Air Digital Media Fund and the New Zealand Film Commission, Loading Docs releases a collection of unique three-minute-long documentaries centered […]

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Interview: Elle Marsh Talks ‘Vacant’ and Melbourne’s Urban Sprawl

If you’re flying into Melbourne for this year’s Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, you should know that when you land at Melbourne Airport you’ll be in the presence of greatness. The star of director Elle Marsh’s “Vacant” sits coolly 24/7 taking in the sights, welcoming Melburnians home by helping them get lost, making tiny jet-lagged children […]

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Interview: The Differences that Unite Us Cecilia Rumore on ‘Abdullah’

Cecilia Rumore’s first documentary “Abdullah” is perhaps the perfect collision of passions. A social worker by day and an avid world traveler, Rumore has always been interested in the social justice issues affecting those from developing countries. In addition, Rumore has always been passionate about film and photography, thus, last year she finally decided to act […]

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Interview: Breaking Stereotypes with ‘Georgina’ Director Sandra Veneklaas

“Georgina” is a short documentary directed by Sandra Veneklaas that seeks to challenge your preconceptions of those working in the adult entertainment industry. In this captivating eleven minute short film, screening July 11th at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, audiences are introduced to ‘Georgina,’ an exotic dancer, who shares the story of how she became […]

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