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MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2020

THE REVIEWS

FESTIVAL FEATURE
LATEST REVIEWS
By Charlie David Page
28th June 2020

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is back for another year! Running from the 30th June to the 15th July 2020, MDFF will be 100% virtual - meaning you can watch it from anywhere!

The SWITCH team have put together their favourite reviews from the festival, so check out our highlights from this year's line-up below, or head to www.mdff.org.au for screening information and tickets!

Descent - Freediving from the depths of the human psyche to its peaks
DESCENT
Freediving from the depths of the human psyche to its peaks
Beautifully shot and wonderfully articulated, 'Descent' might take you to some of the lowest moments in the human psyche, but it's also a celebration of its most triumphant peaks.
Forman vs. Forman - The life of a creative rebel
FORMAN VS. FORMAN
The life of a creative rebel
Miloš Forman experienced life-changing events and was able to take advantage of them and turn them into a narrative of an individual‛s never-ending fight for freedom against institutions.
The Rise of the Synths - Neon, pulsing bass and heaps of 80s nostalgia
THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS
Neon, pulsing bass and heaps of 80s nostalgia
The charm of synth music is innocence - the fact that, at heart, synth music is still the result of nerds fiddling with keyboards in their garage.
Leaving Allen Street - Following residents out of institutional care and into our hearts
LEAVING ALLEN STREET
Following residents out of institutional care and into our hearts
The beaming smiles the residents have on their faces when they finally move in is shared with its audience. They not only deserve this happiness, but through this film, they actually lead us to ours.
The World's Best Film - A second chance at life to follow your passion
THE WORLD'S BEST FILM
A second chance at life to follow your passion
A skilled storyteller with a director's eye for human stories, Josh Belinfante didn't make the world's best film, but he sure gave it his best try, and that is what's most important.
Batman and Me - Ironically, this film is <i>not</i> for Batman fans
BATMAN AND ME
Ironically, this film is not for Batman fans
This film commits every documentary faux pas in the book, and what we get is a boring, manipulated tale of a man who once collected stuff for a short period of time and stopped... 23 years ago.
The Boys Who Said No! - Powering change through non-violence
THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!
Powering change through non-violence
An interesting, thought-provoking and ultimately challenging film with a powerful message - that standing up for what you believe in can have a transformative effect on your surroundings.
Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer - Remembering a true master of film
ANDREY TARKOVSKY. A CINEMA PRAYER
Remembering a true master of film
Andrey Tarkovsky made visually stunning, mysterious films that ask more questions than they answer. This film goes a long way towards helping to understand the man behind these beautiful works of art.
Swans: Where Does a Body End? - An exhaustive look at an exhausting band
SWANS: WHERE DOES A BODY END?
An exhaustive look at an exhausting band
A revealing profile of frontman Michael Gira and an honest and exhaustive look at Swans, it does the impossible by defining a musical collective that has been in a constant state of metamorphosis.
The Pickup Game - A confronting reveal of the pickup industry
THE PICKUP GAME
A confronting reveal of the pickup industry
It has the guts to assert that men are the foundation of this. It educates and unpacks the truth for those who are naïve, but it's also an allegory for those who participate in such experiences.
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