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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

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The hottest international documentaries come to Melbourne

Discover the very best documentaries on the international festival circuit right here in Melbourne this July!

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will take over 6 iconic screening venues from 6 to 14 July and showcase a curated program of over 60 feature and short documentaries direct from Cannes, Telluride, Hot Docs, Doc NYC, SXSW, & Sundance!

Melbourne doco lovers can expect 2 World Premieres, 10 Australian Premieres and 6 Melbourne Premieres over 9 exciting days!

The festival kicks off on Friday 6th July 2018 with Filmworker, the incredible untold story of Leon Vitali, Stanely Kubrick's right-hand man.

Other film festival highlights include Anjelica Houston on James Joyce: A Shout in the Street, in which American actress and director Angelica Houston recounts her love and affection for Irish novelist and poet James Joyce.

Music lovers won't want to miss the critically acclaimed Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami which explores the public and private worlds of singer and actress Grace Jones.

Other riveting feature titles include Kangaroo, a groundbreaking film which explores Australia's love-hate relationship with kangaroos; 32 PILLS which traces the fascinating life and mental illness of a talented photographer Ruth Litoff; and Abducted in Plain Sight, a harrowing stranger-than-fiction true story.

The short documentary film program is also captivating with Act of Translation, which follows international students from diverse backgrounds in Melbourne; But Honey You Look Fine, an intimate look at a young girl with an eating disorder and her journey to recovery; and Pocket Picking, which offers an insight into gambling and the ways it is embedded into the lives of three young men. View the diverse range festival program here.

Complementing the film festival program is a Masterclass on crowdfunding and distribution from leading Australian distributor Fanforce, geared toward helping established and emerging filmmakers get ahead - click here to find out more. Guests attending this year's festival include Julian Boshier, Swagger of Thieves, Jackie Ochs Out of My Head, Eric Pato, Touching Sound, Thor Neureiter, Disaster Capitalism.

The participating venues are Howler Art Space, Long Play, Cinema Nova, Backlot, Loop, Music and Effects.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is guaranteed to provide a rich array and engaging mix of documentaries which will inspire, influence and provoke.

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When: 6th - 14th July 2018
Where: Backlot Cinemas, Cinema Nova, Howler, LOOP, Longplay & Music & Effects
Cost: $15 - $25
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