Influence + Q&A

Dir: Richard Poplak & Diana Neille

Influence charts the rise of PR guru Lord Tim Bell's 'reputation management' firm Bell Pottinger and its ignominious fall in 2017, laying bare the increasing power of the 'weaponised communications' industry to influence the way we think, and the way we vote. 

Meet the movers and shakers behind India’s space programme as their dream of launching a research laboratory into space looks set to become a reality. But with a budget a tenth of NASA’s, and struggling to overcome a range of challenging issues - including monsoon season - can they succeed?

Embarking on a series of frank discussions with other women who have experienced FGM/C, filmmaker Magoko considers whether she should take a journey into the unknown and have reconstructive surgery.

A story of peace, sensuality, spirituality, ancient ways of life and new ways of living interwoven with tales of brutal occupation, a spirit of tolerance and the lives of many colourful characters, irresistibly drawn to Ibiza.

The crowded boat has sunk. Would you rather let go and drown, or wait to see if a shark takes you? Asylum seekers on Christmas Island have been confronted with terrifying choices yet treated like criminals by the Australian immigration system.

ISLAND

Dir: Steven Eastwood

A lyrical exploration of the temporality and phenomena of dying, this film sensitively witnesses the transition away from life through four individuals residing in a hospice on the Isle of Wight.

At La Grande Chartreuse, one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries, the monks spend 18 hours each day in silence; living in silence and solitude brings them as close as possible to God.

ICARUS

Dir: Bryan Fogel

A doping investigation leads to a global cat and mouse game when filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel meets renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov and triggers a huge international sports scandal.

Recently restored by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Film Centre, In Spring is a masterpiece of Ukrainian avant-garde cinema. Mikhail Kaufman’s 1929 visionary cinematic essay pushes the boundaries of Revolutionary filmmaking.

Werner Herzog sets out with the world’s leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer on a dangerous mission; their journey takes around the world, to the very edges of active volcanoes, meeting the people who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.

Werner Herzog sets out with the world’s leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer on a dangerous mission; their journey takes around the world, to the very edges of active volcanoes, meeting the people who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.