Top picks for Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2018

It’s only a few days from the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, and this year offers some very interesting picks. Here are some we’re looking forward to seeing:

Anjelica Houston on James Joyce: A Shout in the Street

Directed by: Kieron Walsh

Description: Anjelica Huston played the lead female role in the movie adaptation by her father, John Huston, of James Joyce’s famous short story, ‘The Dead’. Houston relates James Joyce’s personal and creative history, other distinguished writers – help to explain why Joyce’s influence has been so extensive and so profound around the world.

Screening at Cinema Nova – Friday 6th July, doors open 6:30pm

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Directed by: Sophie Fiennes

Description: Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask.

Screening at 1 Yarra St, South Yarra – Saturday 7th July, doors open 6:30pm

George Michael Freedom – The Directors Cut

Directed by: David Austin

Description George Michael Freedom – The Directors Cut is a deeply autobiographical story of George Michael’s life concentrating on the period around the making of his album “Listen Without Prejudice” and detailing his love, his loss, his court case with his record company and his struggle with fame. It is a poignant and intimate portrait of a music icon, narrated and co-directed by George Michael himself just before his death.

Screening at 1 Yarra St, South Yarra – Saturday 7th July, doors open 6:30pm



Directed by: Kate McIntyre Clere & Michael McIntyre

Description: This groundbreaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship Kangaroo unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined.

Screening at 23 Meyers Pl – Wednesday 11 July, doors open 6:30pm

Kings of Baxter

Directed by: Jack Yabley and Claire Evans

Description: Kings of Baxter is an engaging, touching and at times funny, documentary following juvenile justice detainees as they create a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Screening at 318 St Georges Rd – Friday 13 July, doors open 6:30pm (SOLD OUT) and Saturday 14 July 10am at Backlot Studios (65 Haig St, Southbank).

You can find more information on this year’s MDFF here.

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