Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2018
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is back, with 60 documentaries in this year's program.
Films include Filmworker, which looks into the life of Leon Vitali, the personal assistant to revered American director Stanley Kubrick. After performing in Kubrick's film Barry Lyndon, Vitali gave up his acting career to work as the director's personal assistant on films including The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut and Full Metal Jacket.
Music documentaries feature prominently this year – fans of '80s pop in particular should take note. George Michael: Freedom covers the career of the icon who sadly passed away last year, centring on the production of his album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. The film is narrated by Michael, who was heavily involved in its production. Then there's Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, which contrasts live performances with behind-the-scenes footage including a family holiday in Jamaica, to form an intimate portrait of the outrageous Jamaican-American performer.
Anyone looking to the future of Australia's music scene should take note of Turn It Up, Finding Sydney’s Sound. The film takes a look at what’s been happening to Sydney’s diminished live-music venues, and the affect of closures on the careers of new artists.
Sports lovers can look to the screening of Bam Bam, a film about the life of young Lebanese-Australian woman, Bianca "Bam Bam" Elmir, and her aspiration to win a World Amateur Boxing Championship. The film, directed by Melburnian Jemma Van Loenen, spotlights the prejudice faced by the Muslim boxer on her journey for success.
Spanning physical to digital sports, the festival will also show Living the Game, a documentary on the growing world of eSport professionals, online players that compete against one another in online tournaments. This documentary zeroes in on the Ultra Street Fighters IV competition, and the players contending for the grand title.
For the full program, times and locations, head to mdff.org.au.