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Citizenfour at Melbourne Festival 2015

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The Melbourne Festival is currently running until October 25, celebrating international arts, theatre, music and film.

Not wanting to miss out on a great, cultural festival in Melbourne, we chose to see Citizenfour - a documentary about Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency worker from the US who leaked documents.

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Edward Snowden - image from Melbourne Festival website


There is only one more screening on Thursday 22nd October, so don't miss out! Click below for the full program to see more of the exciting events happening.

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Melbourne Festival - click here for the program


Before our movie, we took advantage of the festival's "Festival Feasts" - special deals with certain restaurants for ticket holders.

We dropped by Chocolate Buddha, which had $25 meal trays (like a bento box).


Chocolate Buddha
Mapo tofu tray


My friend and I are big eaters though, so we also ordered some pork belly and dessert - a choya apple crumble! My friend's favourite alcohol is choya/Japanese plum wine, so it sounded great. The choya flavour was very subtle though - we hope they increase it a bit more in the future!

Chocolate Buddha
Choya apple crumble


The film was screened at ACMI, right near Chocolate Buddha, with its cool zig-zagging lights on the wall of the cinema.

The film was a calm, narrative from the point of view of the director - Laura Poitras. She never shows her face but details the communication between her and Snowden. She films the meetings with him in a Hong Kong hotel room as they plan on how to release government documents to the public. The documents reveal the extent of public surveillance and the government's invasion of privacy.

Leaving the film, you might feel a little paranoid about how much information on you is online and what is accessible. It is a timely film for one of the latest laws brought in by the Australian government - the data retention scheme. Read more on that here.



This film is informative and follows the steps Edward Snowden took with journalists to have this information released. It's not action, drama or full of any twists, but it's informative and highly fascinating. In a world that is so deeply involved with the internet and mobile phones, it is relatable to most people.

There is one more screening on Thursday 22nd October at 9pm, buy tickets here.

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Fox Festival Hub


If you're still full of energy after the film, grab a drink at the Fox Festival Hub along the Yarra River after!
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Why? To watch an interesting documentary on Edward Snowden and the topic of privacy
When: Thursday 22nd October, 9pm
Phone: ACMI - 03 8663 2583
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: $17 / $13 / ACMI Members $10
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With the Fringe Festival just over it is truly a bonus as we move into the Melbourne Festival.
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