A three hour live broadcast from Albany, Western Australia, from where 100 years ago to the day, the first Australian and New Zealand troops left to fight in WW1. It was the largest armada ever assembled in Australia.
One of the most widely discussed and well-received documentaries of the decade, Hoop Dreams, is a powerful and moving film that intimately chronicles the lives of two Chicago teenagers as they struggle with the pressures of potential basketball stardom. For five years, independent filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert recorded both the private moments and public experiences of Arthur Agee and William Gates. The result is both a sympathetic portrait of two human beings and a stunning expose of the system that exploits 'student- athletes.'
The 35th president of the US. He was the youngest ever to be elected president and was assassinated on November 22, 1963, after only serving two years in office. Kennedy's life and the subsequent conspiracy theories surrounding his death have been the topic for many films.
One of Australia's greatest photojournalists goes on a riveting first-hand journey through an Afghanistan never seen on the news. For almost 50 years, activist artist George Gittoes has stood on the frontlines of the world's most brutal conflicts and borne witness to the best and worst of humanity. Now living in Afghanistan's remote, Taliban-ruled Jalalabad province, Gittoes turns his attention to the lives of the children and outcasts of this war-torn land. He focuses on three gangs of children: the Ghostbusters, persecuted Kochi boys who hawk exorcisms of bad luck and demons; the Snow Monkeys, who sell ice-cream to support their families; and the Gangsters, a razor gang led by a nine-year-old antihero called Steel. With a deeply humane vision that won him the Sydney Peace Prize, Gittoes shows the unseen nature of Afghanistan's politics, culture and society, up close and startlingly personal.
University student Steve James (Hoop Dreams) became a 'Big Brother' to Stevie Fielding, a difficult, hyperactive kid, living a sad and troubled life in a rural community in Illinois. James ended formal 'Big Brother' duties with Stevie in 1985 when he moved to Chicago and despite feeling he should stay in touch, lost complete contact. Ten years later James reconnects with Stevie and, with his permission, begins a film about him - a search to discover what had happened to Stevie over the past ten years and an attempt to understand the forces that had shaped his life. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
This documentary chronicles the heavy metal band Metallica over a two year period focusing on the time of the recording of their album 'St Anger', their first studio album in over five years. After being together as a band for over 20 years, the relationships between band members have become extremely strained resulting in long-time bass player, Jason Newsted, leaving the band. At the suggestion of their management, the band engages a therapist/performance enhancement coach, Phil Towle, to try and help them overcome their personal and professional problems.
In 1964 fourteen children were interviewed for the documentary, 7 Up. All of these children were seven years old and from completely different backgrounds. The basic premise was to examine the Jesuit theory, "Give me a child until he is 7, and I will show you the man." Is a person's fate sealed at birth? Every seven years after that acclaimed director Michael Apted returned to those children to chart their progress through life. In so doing, Apted has created the longest running real-life documentary ever made.
Imagine if Woodstock, the defining cultural event of the '60s, had continued to exist over the last three decades. How would it have changed, evolved and adapted to a world which was being completely rewritten around it? How much of the idealism and communality of the original event would have survived? How much would the inexorable pressures of consumerism and corporate sponsorship have transformed the founding ethos of the event? And what a powerful mirror it would hold up to the extraordinary changes which have taken place in the way we live our lives in the last 30 years. Of course Woodstock and most of the other music festivals of the era did not survive. Only one did and its name is Glastonbury.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman explores one of the most mythic and colourful places dedicated to women, the Crazy Horse - a legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Wiseman's impeccable eye reveals a uniquely French showcase, with an emphasis on elegance, perfectionism, and a gruelling schedule.
Join Max as we watch this incredible authorised documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington, to his success and downfall with the iconic grunge rock band, Nirvana.
Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the US. Travelling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the electoral college, the government agenda and his home town of Flint, Michigan.
On the 20-year anniversary of his ground-breaking masterpiece Roger and Me, filmmaker Michael Moore returns with Capitalism: A Love Story, exploring further the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).
In the original 2010 film Gasland, director Josh Fox profiled hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting a pressurised mixture of water, sand and chemicals down a drilled well, causing layers of rock deep in the earth to crack and release natural gas. The film inspired a national dialogue over the multi-layered environmental dangers potentially at risk. With Gasland Part II, Fox examines the long-term impact of the controversial process, including claims of poisonous water, earthquakes and neurological damage, placing his focus on the people across the globe who say their lives have been irreparably changed.
Narrated by Johnny Depp, this is a probing look into the life of gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The film looks at the major touchstones in Thompson's life, including his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell's Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign.
Part two of Jennifer Fox's film in which she lays bare her own turbulent life to penetrate what it means to be a free woman today. As her drama of work and relationships unfolds over four years, our protagonist travels to over seventeen countries to understand how diverse women define their lives when there is no map. Employing an ingenious camera technique, called "passing the camera", Fox creates a documentary language that mirrors the special way women communicate.
To celebrate International Women's Day, award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Fox explores the changing role of women in the modern world. Jennifer talks to a number of women from various cultural backgrounds about the problems they face in personal relationships.
An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire, Hugh Hefner. With humour and insight, Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists are explored through rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th Century American pop culture.
Art critic Waldemar Januszczak's epic biopic of Paul Gauguin follows the painter through countless twists and turns in a remarkable life that takes him from an idyllic childhood in Peru to a terrible death on the Marquesas Islands. He questions whether the fame of Gauguin's Tahiti pictures has blinded us to the bigger truth about his achievements.