Antenna International Documentary Film Festival International Guests and Special Events

hussaincurrimbhoyphotoAntenna is pleased to announce international guests Michael Madsen, documentary filmmaker and director of the anticipated festival film Into Eternityand Hussain Currimbhoy, Programmer of Sheffield Doc/Fest who will be travelling to Sydney for the festival in October.

The festival, taking place in Sydney will feature the best documentary films from Australia and around the world, with 25 feature length documentaries – all Sydney premieres, of which 15 are Australian premieres, three Australian shorts, International, Australian competitions and a student film competition.

We are honoured to have Hussain Currimbhoy and Michael Madsen joining us for the inaugural Antenna film festival in Sydney this year.
Danish director Michael Madsen has made a name for himself in arts and filmmaking circles with his award-winning short film ‘To Damascus – A Film on Interpretation’(2005) and through founding the project Sound/Gallery, a 900 square metre sound diffusion system underneath the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark (1996-2001). His new film Into Eternity, which looks at the issue of nuclear waste through an experimental filmmaking style, will show at Antenna, followed by a Q&A with the director.

A renowned figure in the documentary industry, Hussein Currimbhoy worked in programming for the Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide Film Festivals in Australia before taking over as the programmer of Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2008, where he is now Artistic Director. Hussein will join the judging panel for the International Competition, comprising 12 of the best documentaries from around the globe, and will speak at the industry panel co-presented by the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC). The session will pose the question, ‘Who Needs Another Festival?’ and will explore the role of film festivals and documentary film. The session will call on a host of guests including Hussain Currimbhoy, Joost den Hartog (AIDC), Gil Scrine (Antidote Films), Stefan Moore (Screen NSW) and Mary-Ellen Mullane (Screen Australia).Hussain Currimbhoy’s attendance issupported by the British Council and the British Airways.

In collaboration with OzDox, the Australian Documentary Forum, the festival will present a panel discussion following the screening of Give Up Tomorrow, a USA/ UK film that looks at corruption and class discrimination in the Philippines. The panel will look at issues raised in the film and the challenges faced by documentary makers when access is limited. Moderated by filmmaker Alejandra Canales, the discussion will feature international guest Michael Madsen and documentary director and producer Ivan O’Mahoney, who has made films for HBO, BBC, ARTE, Channel 4, PBS and the Discovery Channel, including Baghdad High, How To Plan a Revolution and short film ‘Surviving Hunger’.

As part of the special events program at the festival, Antenna will feature special screenings, including a free screening of celebrated French filmmaker Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil in honour of his 90th birthday. The experimental documentary, which is a meditation on the nature of the human memory, will be shown in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive and Alliance Française Sydney. Open free to the public, the screening will be followed by a lecture about his work, by Dr Anne Rutherford, from the University of Western Sydney. Danfung Dennis’film Hell and Back Again will screen at the festival in collaboration with the Walkley Foundation and will be presented by award-winning ABC journalist Liz Jackson (Four Corners). The film aims to capture the reality of a contingent of US soldiers fighting the war in Afghanistan.

Antenna is also proud to join forses with the Walkley Foundation and together we will screen the finalists of the 2011 Walkley Documentary Award which ‘howcases excellence in documentary production that is grounded in the principles of journalism, together with rigorous filmmaking’. Full program details to be announced very soon.