Antenna is excited to collaborate with long-term festival partner, Western Sydney University, to present DocWest, a showcase of some of the best documentaries from this year’s line-up screening at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres. These include Antenna's opening night film Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin: a warm tribute by Werner Herzog to his friend, the great British travel writer Bruce Chatwin. Nomad opened at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and has its Australian Premiere at Antenna. Also part of DocWest is Sundance Winner Jawline, an amusing and jaw-dropping film that explores the price of social media stardom, and Los Reyes, an unusual and charming documentary about two adorable stray dogs living in a skate park in Santiago.
In addition to screenings, DocWest includes two exclusive events. Firstly, a masterclass with festival guest, Italian filmmaker Agostino Ferrente after the Australian Premiere of his latest film, Selfie. Opening at Berlinale earlier this year, Selfie has screened at a multiple prestigious film festivals around the world and recently won the Best Documentary award in Luxemburg for its unique and humorous study of adolescence in Napoli, highlighting how an affectionate friendship between teenage boys can survive, and even thrive, in the toughest of neighbourhoods.
Also exclusive to Parramatta is a timely discussion panel about the world’s growing housing crisis, following the Australian Premiere of Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Push. Gertten introduces us to Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, as she uncovers the forces making access to accommodation ever more difficult, and enabling real estate prices to soar. With a panel of local experts and political analysts unpacking the factors putting pressure on Sydney housing, don’t miss this topical and engaging post-Push discussion.
Friday, 18 October
2.00 PM Selfie (Agostino Ferrente, Italy)
3.15 PM Masterclass with director Agostino Ferrente
6.00 PM Push (Fredrik Gertten, Denmark) followed by a panel discussion
Saturday, 26 October
4:00 PM Bamboo Bridge (Juan Francisco Salazar, Australia) + Q&A
6:00 PM Los Reyes (Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut, Chile)
Sunday, 27 October
3:30 PM Jawline (Liza Mandelup, US)
6:00 PM Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (Werner Herzog, UK)
Visit the Riverside Theatre website to purchase tickets and for more information.