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New Zealand’s premiere documentary festival Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival, kicked off last week and will run until 11 July. To mark its 16th birthday, the Academy Award qualifying documentary is showing its 80-plus films online for the first time (as well as in three North Island cinemas) in what it is is calling its ‘fusion’ offering.
Directors Dan Shanan and Alex Lee are incredibly excited about the new look Festival. “While the rest of the world still fights Covid-19 and many film festivals are forced to deliver online only, our ‘fusion’ edition is one of only a few festivals that can bring back the full festival experience of presenting films to the big screen, live Q+A sessions and, from this year, a festival village to explore and enjoy live performances, exhibitions, and other experiences.”
There are some brilliant films as part of the programme this year too, covering history, music, politics, love, futurism and everything in between. So what are some of Director Alex Lee’s picks for Gazette readers?
Love & Stuff: A multi-generational love story that starts with a good death, takes off with an unexpected birth and commits to the ride of a lifetime.
Tina: An unmissable celebration of global superstar Tina Turner and an intimate inspiring portrait of a woman who overcame extreme adversity to define herself on her own terms.
MLK/FBI: Based on newly-declassified files, this film explores the relentless campaign of surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. perpetrated by the US government, the FBI and particularly J. Edgar Hoover.
Dirty Tricks: Bridge is a popular card game enjoyed by millions of senior citizens. It is also a world of cutthroat competition, with elite players sponsored by billionaires play in ruthless high stakes tournaments, far removed from grandma’s dining room table.
Many of this year’s films have older people as main characters including 100UP, a tale of the life and times of 100-year-olds; Yer Old Faither, an intimate portrait of John Croall, a Glaswegian immigrant to Australia told through the eyes of his daughter; and Valerie Taylor – Playing with Sharks, the extraordinary life story of a fearless marine maverick who has put herself on the front line for sharks for over 70 years; and Love – The last Chapter, which follows three different couples as they navigate the delights and challenges of late-in-life romance.
One of the best things about the new Festival format is that it allows you to create your own cinema experience at home. You can buy a pass to an individual screening, purchase a 5 or 10-film pass, or watch all 80-plus movies online with a Binge Viewing Pass. Across the whole country, festival films are only a mouse-click or finger-tap away with our fourth venue – online. You can rent and watch films with your whānau or friends from the comfort of your own ‘theatre’. Q+As and specially recorded content from the festival villages will be available online too” Shanan and Lee says.
Browse the full programme and buy your tickets online at docedge.nz (and don’t forget to enter the draw to win tickets!).