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 Feature Length Documentary
 BASTARDY  
 
SYNOPSIS  

At age 58, Jack Charles is addicted to heroin and living on the streets. Absolutely comfortable with his lifestyle, Jack supports himself with a career as a notorious cat burglar. For forty years, and with infectious humour and optimism, Jack has juggled a life of crime with another successful career - acting. Jack founded the first Aboriginal theatre company and has performed with Australia's most renowned actors and directors in feature films, TV series and hundreds of plays. Provocative, funny, and profoundly moving, Bastardy is the inspirational story of a self-proclaimed Robin Hood.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Film Camp
Producer Philippa Campey, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Lynn-Maree Milburn and
Andrew de Groot
Director Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Cinematographer Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Germain McMicking
Editor Bill Murphy, Jack Hutchings and Richard Lowenstein
Sound Robert Mackenzie and Stephen Benwell

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
  • AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary
  • AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Melbourne Melbourne Screenings info
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Sydney Sydney Screenings info
  • Screening at NFSA Arc Cinema on Thursday September 10 at 2.00pm.
  • Media enquiries please contact Philippa Campey or
    Amiel Courtin-Wilson via email media@bastardydocumentary.com



 BEYOND KOKODA  
 
SYNOPSIS  

The Kokoda Campaign of 1942 is an Australian icon. Two armies, Japanese and Australian, each in turn pushing the other back along a muddy, precipitous track over the mountainous spine of New Guinea, shared one of the most brutal conflicts in Australian war history. Neither side was experienced in close-quarter jungle warfare, where the enemy often lurked unseen less than a hundred yards away. Beyond Kokoda describes the conflict and its attendant horrors at a very personal level, using interviews with veterans from both sides, this is a powerful and personal story of shared war without mercy.

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CAST & CREW

Episodes Submitted The Track; Buying Time
Production Company SGSS Productions Pty Ltd
Broadcaster Foxtel
Executive Producer Craig Collie
Producer Stig Schnell and Shaun Gibbons
Director Stig Schnell and Shaun Gibbons
Writer Stig Schnell, Shaun Gibbons, Clive Baker and Hajime Marutani
Cinematographer Stig Schnell, Shaun Gibbons, Brett Murphy and Ben Nunney
Editor Shaun Gibbons
Sound Tamara O’Brien and Sasha Zastavnikovic

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Series
  • AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary - Buying Time
Viewing Opportunities
 



 THE CHOIR  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Shot over four years, The Choir is the story of Jabulani Shabangu and a group of fellow inmates who are battling to survive in Leeukwop Prison -- South Africa's largest prison. Jabulani is rebellious and angry until he meets a wily old bank robber named Coleman, who recruits him for the prison choir. Jabulani rises in the ranks and leads the choir to victory at the National Prisoner Choir Competition.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Essential Media & Entertainment
Producer Chris Hilton and Michael Davie
Director Michael Davie
Cinematographer Michael Davie and Carlos Carvalho
Editor Karin Steininger, David Lourie, Ben Deacon and Henry Dangar ASE
Sound Sam Hayward, Phil Judd MPSE, Felicity Fox, Alli Heynes, Phil Vail and
David White

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
  • AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary
  • AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Melbourne Melbourne Screenings info
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Sydney Sydney Screenings info
  • Available to purchase on DVD November 2009
  • If you would like to explore hosting your own community or fundraising screening, please contact Gil Scrine Films



 CRACKING THE COLOUR CODE  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Taking the globe as its canvas and drawing on science, history and art, Cracking the Colour Code is a visual exploration of how we view colours, how we make them and the meanings they hold in our world. From ancient cave paintings in Australia to Masai tribal rituals in East Africa; and from India's holi festival to one of the world's leading colour forecasters in downtown Manhattan, the series journeys across sixteen countries and six continents. This series is not only beautiful to watch, it is destined to become the primary reference on the subject for millions of viewers worldwide.

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CAST & CREW

Episodes Submitted Making Colours; The Power of Colour
Production Company Electric Pictures
Broadcaster SBS
Executive Producer Andrew Ogilvie and Stèphanie Millière
Producer Andrew Ogilvie and Fabrice Estève
Director Hugh Piper and Olivier Lassu
Writer Hugh Piper and Greg Colgan
Cinematographer Ian Batt and Vincent Fooy
Editor Lawrence Silvestrin
Sound Glenn Martin, Florent Blanchard and Alexis Barbier-Bouvet
Visual Effects Mike Dunn

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary – Episode 2, Making Colours
  • AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary – Episode 2, Making Colours
Viewing Opportunities
 



 DEATH OF THE MEGABEASTS  
 
SYNOPSIS  

A team of scientific detectives from around the world attempt to crack one of science's most enduring mysteries - what killed Australia's megafauna? Long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, extraordinary species of giant beasts roamed the earth, ruling the animal kingdom for hundreds of thousands of years. But suddenly, they vanished. Something happened which wiped them off the face of the planet forever. Recent discoveries could now help solve the mystery and offer insight into environmental problems today, which threaten the world and mankind.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Prospero Productions
Executive Producer John Godfrey
Producer Ed Punchard and Julia Redwood
Director Franco di Chiera
Writer Franco di Chiera and John McCourt
Cinematographer Ian Batt
Editor Lawrence Silvestrin
Sound Glenn Martin, Glenn Cronly-Dillon and Ric Curtin
Visual Effects Matt Drummond and Mike Dunn

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Visual Effects Award
Viewing Opportunities
 



 FIRST AUSTRALIANS  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Produced by Australia’s leading Aboriginal filmmakers, this astonishing series chronicles the birth of a country and the collision of two worlds. It’s an epic story that comes alive through the struggles of individuals, both black and white. Beautifully filmed, the series blends landscape, art, interviews and first-hand accounts with a vast archival collection to present the birth of contemporary Australia as never seen before, from the perspective of its first people — the first Australians.

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CAST & CREW

Episodes Submitted There Is No Other Law; Her Will To Survive
Production Company Blackfella Films Pty Ltd
Broadcaster SBS
Producer Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins and Helen Panckhurst
Director Rachel Perkins and Beck Cole
Writer Rachel Perkins, Beck Cole and Louis Nowra
Cinematographer Warwick Thornton and Kim Batterham ACS
Editor Rochelle Oshlack and Karen Johnson
Sound Andrew Plain, Philip Miller, Peter Purcell, Greg Fitzgerald,
Leah Katz and Bronwyn Murphy

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Series
  • AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary – Episodes 4, There Is No Other Law
Viewing Opportunities
 



 GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS  
 
SYNOPSIS  

For 18 months, filmmaker Scott Hicks followed the legendary Philip Glass across three continents, creating a remarkable portrait of this brilliant composer. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass' working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks presents a unique and intimate glimpse into the life of one of the greatest artists of this or any era.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Ava Bridge Motion Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Kerry Heysen and Roger Sexton
Producer Scott Hicks and Susanne Preissler
Director Scott Hicks
Cinematographer Scott Hicks
Editor Stephen Jess
Sound Stephen R Smith, Peter Smith, Tom Heuzenroeder,
Adrian Medhurst

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
  • AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Melbourne Melbourne Screenings info
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Sydney Sydney Screenings info
  • Available to purchase on DVD from Madman Entertainment http://www.madman.com.au
  • Media enquiries please contact Ava Bridge Motion Pictures Pty Ltd on +61 8 8362 3397 or email arae@adelaide.on.net



 HOW KEVIN BACON CURED CANCER  
 
SYNOPSIS  

How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer  brings us a new view of the world, as we unfold the science behind the popular trivia game ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’.
Based on the idea that anyone on the planet can be connected in just a few steps of association, ‘six-degrees of separation’ was supposedly an urban myth. Through the film we discover it’s at the heart of a major scientific breakthrough.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Essential Media & Entertainment
Producer Aline Jacques
Director Annamaria Talas
Cinematographer Sandor Varkonyi, Ribor Klopfler and Max Bourke
Editor Zen Rosenthal
Sound Michael Gissing

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
 



 INTANGIBLE ASSET NUMBER 82  
 
SYNOPSIS  

An Australian drummer searches for an enigmatic Korean shaman and master musician. His journey becomes a rite-of-passage, as he encounters engaging and exotic characters, and overcomes cultural obstacles and the march of time, to eventually meet the master only days before his death. A deeper search for the tools of self-expression is revealed, as personal discoveries and transformations result from the inspiration found on the journey.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company In The Sprocket Productions
Producer Emma Franz
Director Emma Franz
Cinematographer Emma Franz
Editor Daniel Kerr
Sound Matthew Ferris, Michael Gissing and Andrew McGrath

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
 



 LIONEL  
 
SYNOPSIS  

In 1968 a young aboriginal boxer punched his way to history when he stopped fighting Harada in Japan. His name was Lionel Rose and he became the undisputed world bantamweight champion. Two hundred and fifty thousand people hit the streets of Melbourne to welcome him back and he went on to become a symbolic figure in the interracial politics of the times. Combining a remarkable selection of archival and present day observational footage and interviews, the film explores how Lionel became a mythic sporting figure and his struggle with the dimensions of that myth in his every day life.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Circe Films
Producer Lizzette Atkins
Director Eddie Martin
Writer David Tiley
Cinematographer Germain McMicking
Editor Ken Sallows ASE
Sound Nick Batterham, Keith Thomas and Cezary Skubiszewski

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
  • AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Melbourne Melbourne Screenings info
  • AFI Awards Screenings, Sydney Sydney Screenings info
  • Now available to purchase on DVD from JB HiFi
  • Director Eddie Martin & Producer Lizzette Atkins are available for interviews. Please direct all requests to eric@sirenvisual.com.au






 THE LOVE MARKET  
 
SYNOPSIS  

In the highlands of north Vietnam lies the remote town of Sapa, home to a mosaic of colorful hill tribes. Sapa opened to tourism in the last 1990's and now over 200 hill tribe girls aged 7-18 live independently on the streets to sell embroidery. A few years ago Australian filmmaker Shalom Almond visited Sapa as a tourist and became friends with four Hmong girls. The girls are savvy, streetsmart and dream of life beyond selling souvenirs. How will these young girls survive the leap from remote tribal culture to 21st century Asia? Over the next three years Shalom returns to Vietnam to find out.

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CAST & CREW

Executive Producer Tom Zubrycki
Producer Shalom Almond
Director Shalom Almond
Writer Shalom Almond
Cinematographer Shalom Almond
Editor David Banbury
Sound Ashley Klose

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One Hour
  • AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
 



 MY ASIAN HEART  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Despite today’s cynical and fast world turnaround of images and headlines where traditional photojournalism has become swamped by a torrent of lifestyle reporting and celebrity paparazzi photography, there are some who still care. Classic photojournalism is still alive, though struggling, amongst a new generation of photographers. Philip Blenkinsop is one of them. He documents conflict, war, life and death in all its forms throughout Asia.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Asian Films Pty Ltd
Producer David Bradbury and Carmelo Musca
Director David Bradbury
Writer David Bradbury and Mike Rubbo
Cinematographer David Bradbury
Editor Andrew Arestides ASE
Sound David Bradbury and Chris Norman

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
 



 ONCE BITTEN  
 
SYNOPSIS  

We all know someone who has been through a messy break-up or divorce – only to plunge right back into the relationship game. But does it get any easier?

Once Bitten is about love the second-time round – The way we live and love in today’s complex world and survive to tell the tale – when against the odds, we dive right back in and do it all again despite the baggage and hurt from the past and added complications of ex-wives, ex-husbands and step-families. This series follows couples across Australia and New Zealand to uncover the myths, the truths and the real issues faced today.

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CAST & CREW

Episodes Submitted Episode 1: Baggage and Beginnings and
Episode 2: Conflict and Complications
Production Company Circe Films
Broadcaster SBS
Executive Producer John Godfrey and Melissa Wikaire
Producer Beth Frey and Janette Howe
Director Mark Walker and Paula Whetu-Jones
Writer Janette Howe
Cinematographer Phil Bull, Matt Meikle
Editor Wayne Hyett
Sound Livia Ruzic, Keith Thomas, Dale Cornelius, Dan Loughnan,
Glen Forster and Chris Gillette

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Series
Viewing Opportunities
 



 SALT  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Salt is a short documentary on photographer, Murray Fredericks’ extreme solo journeys to capture the heart of the world’s most featureless landscape on Lake Eyre, South Australia.


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CAST & CREW

Production Company Jerrycan Films Pty Ltd
Producer Michael Angus
Director Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks
Writer Michael Angus
Cinematographer Murray Fredericks
Editor Lindi Harrison and Ingunn Jordansen
Sound Murray Fredericks, Tom Heuzenroeder and James Currie

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One Hour
  • AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
 



 SOLO  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Andrew McAuley set out  to become the first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand across one of the wildest and loneliest stretches of ocean on Earth. Having survived a harrowing and torturous month at sea, conquering monstrous swells and terrifying storms, McAuley lost his life only a day from completing his journey. His body was never recovered, but the camera tapes from his kayak were and they form the basis of this moving and questioning portrait of a complex man and his attempt to conquer the ferocious Tasman Sea.


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CAST & CREW

Production Company Essential Media & Entertainment
Executive Producer Chris Hilton
Producer Jennifer Peedom
Director Jennifer Peedom and David Michôd
Editor Scott Gray and Mark Fox
Sound Lisa Gerrard and Sam Petty

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One Hour
Viewing Opportunities
 



 TACKLING PEACE  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Attempting to sideline decades of conflict a group of Israeli and Palestinian sportsmen try to learn Australian football together. They hope to play on the same side against 16 countries, in the AFL International cup. Few of the aspirant players have heard of the game, and none imagined befriending teammates across the political divide. It began as a crazy dream – a mission adopted by Tanya Oziel, a footy mad Australian mum, passionate for Middle East peace. But with open hostilities raging around them, will these old enemies set aside prejudice and hostility to unite into a single peace team?


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CAST & CREW

Production Company Dreamstone Productions
Executive Producer Mark Hamlyn and Catriona Hughes
Producer Marc Radomsky
Director Marc Radomsky
Writer Marc Radomsky
Cinematographer Marc Radomsky
Editor Suresh Ayyar ASE
Sound David White

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One Hour
Viewing Opportunities
 



 VOICES FROM THE CAPE  
 
SYNOPSIS  

In a nation abuzz with talk of the proposed 'education revolution', Voices from the Cape confronts stereotypes and illuminates hope in the traumatised North Queensland community of Aurukun. The series documents a genuinely exciting approach to engaging young people from at-risk communities, sparking a hunger for learning and celebrating the desire to speak their own stories.

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CAST & CREW

Episodes Submitted Part 1 & Part 2
Production Company Community Prophets
Broadcaster ABC1
Executive Producer Peter Sjoquist AM
Producer David Selvarajah Vadiveloo and Anna Kaplan
Director David Selvarajah Vadiveloo
Writer David Selvarajah Vadiveloo
Cinematographer Bonnie Elliot
Editor David Selvarajah Vadiveloo, David Nixon and
Sioux Currie
Sound Will Sheridan, Doron Kipen and
Peter Palankay

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Documentary Series
Viewing Opportunities
 



 YES MADAM, SIR  
 
SYNOPSIS  

Yes Madam, Sir is an enthralling chronicle of Kiran Bedi's brilliant, tempestuous career as India's first elite policewoman. Granted unrestricted access to Bedi for six years, Megan Doneman has created a dynamic and editorially rigorous profile of this adored public figure, whose radical methods and running battle with bureaucracy made headlines from 1972 until her retirement in 2007.

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CAST & CREW

Production Company Sojourn Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Monica Blinco, John Lynch and Annie Collins
Producer Megan Doneman and Laraine Doneman
Director Megan Doneman
Cinematographer Megan Doneman
Editor Megan Doneman, Annie Collins
Sound Megan Doneman and Annie Collins

2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement
  • AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary
Viewing Opportunities
 



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