Lovers of documentaries need look no further than Sydney Film Festival to get their fill. This year there are 65 feature documentaries from 31 countries in 39 languages including nine local Indigenous dialects.
A touching portrait of the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died in July 2016, crafted by his friend and collaborator, photographer Seifollah Samadian.
Award-winning US documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams, SFF 1994; Life Itself, SFF 2014) is in top form in this captivating story of the only bank indicted following America's 2008 financial meltdown.
Much sought-after Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People) embarks on his most ambitious project yet, NYC’s new World Trade Center, in this energetic documentary.
Manus Island is the setting for this unique collaboration between an Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, made with footage from a mobile phone.
The Jane in question is author and activist Jane Jacobs and her fight was to preserve New York’s historic neighbourhoods in the 1960s – a battle no less pertinent today.
The history of the disability rights movement, featuring a litany of impressive activists determined to create a world where everyone, regardless of impairment, is valued and can participate fully.
A legendary documentary which dives headlong into the pulsating energy and chaos of the LA punk rock scene, circa 1980, and features Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks and Germs.
Powerful collaborations between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal filmmakers and communities, as a prelude to Aboriginal produced work that burst onto screens from the 1990s.
Influential women filmmakers and landmark films from the collective filmmaking practices associated with the heady days of the 1970s and '80s women's movement in Sydney.
Julien Temple's classic 1980 fictional documentary presents the spectacular rise and disintegration of the Sex Pistols as an elaborate swindle orchestrated by manager Malcolm McLaren.
The intensely passionate, creative and fraught set of relationships that formed one of the most loved bands in Australian rock history is explored in this classy documentary.
Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin, one of the most incisive commentators on race in America.
A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration.
The story of Kalgoorlie's last original gold rush brothel, servicing the miners since 1904, through the eyes of the whimsical Madam Carmel, 70, and its longest-serving lady of the night, BJ.
John Lydon of Public Image Ltd, aka Johnny Rotten, is in trademark full-on mode riffing on his post-Sex Pistols career. Illustrated with infamous interviews and classic tracks.
A stomping tribute to Native American musicians, crammed with concert footage, celebrating their weighty yet unheralded contribution to music, from Hendrix to Metallica.
Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Film Festival: an extraordinary, audacious film about four Quebec students who take protest to the verge of terrorism.
France's bestselling novelist, Michel Houellebecq, and music icon Iggy Pop join forces to discuss art and survival in this unique documentary based on the author's 1991 essay.
A three-way conversation between an anxious mother, her twenty-something daughter, and a psychotherapist: a documentary that will resonate long after the credits have rolled.