Rupert Kathner (Ben Mendelsohn) always had stars in his eyes. He wanted to make movies and wanted the whole world to see them. In the mid 1930s, his dreams led him to Sydney, the then movie capital of Australia where he met and married the supportive and faithful Clarice, with whom he had a son, Paul. These were desperate times, the economy at an all-time low. Hollywood studio executives controlled the local cinemas with a rod of iron, screening only their own productions. The profits were shipped straight back to Los Angeles. Few Australian filmmakers got a cinema release and Kathner was no exception. It was at a screening of a pilot for one of his films to studio execs that he met a woman who would change his life. Alma Brooks (Victoria Hill) was working as a secretary at the studio when she met Rupe. When they paired up, a revolutionary filmmaking duo was born.
Winner of eight AFI awards including Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actress; and five IF awards, Home Song Stories tells the true story of Rose (Joan Chen), a glamorous nightclub singer from Shanghai who marries an Australian sailor and migrates with her young son and daughter to Melbourne.
William Yang's story is set against a backdrop of the Mardi Gras, which began as a protest in 1978. Mardi Gras is still a vibrant celebration, famous around the world, and now bringing together the different generations.
Narrated by Terence Stamp, this is the story behind one of the world's most loved films, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's about three unlikely hero-(ines) who find themselves in a backwater at the arse-end of the world, dare to step out of the shadows in their shimmering sequinned glory and be counted. It's also about how a low-budget Australian film about three 'cocks-in-frocks' changed the course of history and loudly and proudly brought to the world a celebration of gay culture that continues to resonate twenty years later.
Award-winning director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Fog of War) follows the story of a former beauty queen who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon missionary. The program dissects the obsessions of ex-model Joyce McKinney, who claims to have an IQ of 168 and thought she had found the man of her dreams in a devout Mormon, Kirk Anderson, back in the 1970s. When Anderson broke off their engagement to go do missionary work in England, McKinney followed him, kidnapped him, and attempted to get him under her power by forcing him to have sex with her.