The Antenna Documentary Film Festival has 35 features from over 20 countries, opening with Bugarach – a film about the small town in France that is predicted to be the only survivor of the Mayan doomsday prophecy.
Emerging filmmakers appear alongside established names such as Martin Scorsese and his latest documentary, The 50 Year Argument.
In Choose Your Own Documentary, the audience decides the course of the story by using remote controls – with over 1,500 paths and multiple endings possible. This boundary pushing approach to filmmaking gets its interactive premiere at the festival.
Two powerful films cover the Middle East situation – Return to Homs takes viewers deep into the Syrian conflict from 2011-13 and Point and Shoot observes the rebel army opposed to Gaddafi.
LGBTIQ issues get the focus with What Now? Remind Me, a film about living with HIV, and Limited Partnership, the story of the first legally married same-sex couple in the US.
The festival rounds-out with the award of $6,000 in prize money, spread over three categories. (MMu)
Oct 14-19, Palace Verona & Chauvel, Paddington; Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern, $15-140 (10 films), antennafestival.org
BY MICHAEL MUIR