As many of you will know, tomorrow is Anzac Day, an annual memorial day held in Australia and New Zealand on 25 April to remember victims of war. A while ago I came across this 55-minute BBC audio documentary about the Anzac legend produced in December 2012 by Sharon Mascall and introduced by Australian author Thomas Keneally (best known for his book Schindler’s Ark). While it may seem strange turning to a Brit to tell us about the Anzacs, this doco — which includes many interviews with veterans and experts — is worth a listen. The piece explores not only the history of the Anzac story, but also the significant effect that it has had on Australia’s national identity. BBC Audio Documentary: Anzac For more information on the 2014 Anzac Day ceremony, visit the Shrine of Remembrance website.
Where does our food come from? This question is seldom asked in wealthy first-world societies, where food seems to originate — individually wrapped and pleasingly presented — on the supermarket shelf. The lack of basic knowledge about growing food must be one of the more significant tragedies of the modern age — one that has contributed to many of today’s health and environmental problems: food waste, poverty, obesity, even climate change. Melbourne artist, activist and nutritionist Rasha Tayeh is passionate about food. Her new short documentary, The Growing Food Project, looks at Melbourne’s expanding local food movements, which sees local communities coming together to create sustainable food systems. ‘The Growing Food Project is an attempt to allow further exploration of positive relationships with food, whilst documenting various stories of grassroots initiatives that search for meaning through food,’ Rasha explains. ‘There is a growing energy in Melbourne responding to food and sustainability issues. Local communities are teaming up to strengthen the way we produce and distribute local food. From community gardening to neighbourhood feasts, these community food projects improve …
For the first time since its inception in Sydney three years ago, the Antenna Documentary Festival will this year come to Melbourne. The Melbourne tour will showcase twelve international feature-length documentaries, to be screened at ACMI in Federation Square from tomorrow (the 19th) until Monday. Among the collection are the critically well-received After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, and Fire in the Blood by Dylan Mohan Gray (see the trailer below). Tickets are $17 full / $15 concession, or you can buy a five- or three-session pass. Check the ACMI website for ticketing, times and booking info. Antenna Documentary Festival 2013 Dates: 17–20 October 2013 Venue: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne Damage: $17 full / $15 concession / $14 ACMI members
Multi-award-winning documentary More Than Honey will show on the big screen in Federation Square on Thursday 18 April. Directed by Markus Imhoof, the film looks into the plight of honey bees in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Boris Baer and his wife Dr Barbara Baer-Imhoof (who is also the director’s daughter), both from the University of Western Australia–based Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). There will also be a short talk by Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi, founders of ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’. More Than Honey Date: 18 April 2013 Time: 6pm–8pm Venue: Big screen, Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9864 8923
– This coming Wednesday the State Library of Victoria’s free Outside-In Cinema will be screening The Tents, a documentary that tells the story of the rise of New York Fashion Week. Directed by James Belzer, the film features interviews with designers and editors. You can check out the trailer on the film’s website. As usual, the film will be screened in the State Library’s Experimedia room, and you can bring along food and non-alcoholic drinks. – Outside-In Cinema Film: The Tents Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Vic 3000 Date: 23 May 2012 Time: 6.30pm—8pm Damage: Free Click here to book your seat online. –