In the lead up to the 10th annual Byron Bay Film Festival we spoke to two local filmmakers, Poppy Walker and Sophie Hexter whose short, Hitch, will be screened as part of this year’s event. We asked them about their pathway into film and what it is about the Northern Rivers that inspires them.
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.
In the heart of Australia the old people live their Ancestral values, beliefs and practices as handed down from the beginning. But this way of life hangs precariously in the balance. While many young people are confused about their identity others seek reconnection to the birthright denied their parents. The old people say, ‘If you
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). GASLAND PART II, shows how
After 20 year’s of silence, former champion surfer David Wakefield feels ready to reveal a secret that could turn his life upside down. He is gay. At the same time, on the other side of the world, Thomas Castets is setting up the world’s first online community for gay surfers. The two meet and for
Off the rink, all skaters are equal, but when the game of Roller Derby begins for Australasia’s first all-girl league, they discover some are more equal than others. Pretty Brutal follows self-titled girl skaters Pieces of Hate, Kid Vile and Naki Kronik into the full-contact world of New Zealand’s first Roller Derby league. Their challenge: work
Based on a true story, Angels and Ghosts tells the emotive journey of Amber, a young girl who is on a quest to find her brothers who have disappeared. It’s a gripping animated adventure exploring the potent themes of mental health and family bonds. Angels&Ghosts Trailer from ticktockrobot on Vimeo. See the Australian Premiere of
Butterflies have been engaging our minds for thousands of years. ‘Butterfly Stories’ shows an interesting assortment of the ways in which butterflies fascinate people. It uses an entirely new approach than that of other animal kingdom films, and is a magical trip to the microcosm of butterflies all over the world, set in a mix
This is a story of passion and obsession. It’s the story of the relationships of six New Jersey surfers who started surfing 50 years ago and haven’t stopped to this day. Pioneering the surf break at the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ in the 60’s, surfing freezing waters before wetsuits existed, they found themselves inside
Applying an unconventional narrative this film presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. Small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings as the differences between humans and animals diminish. See Symphony No. 42 at Byron Bay Film Festival 2014. Tickets on sale Monday 17 February. Symphony no. 42 – teaser from