Six outstanding documentaries – each with a powerful agenda for social impact and change - were chosen for Good Pitch² Australia 2015.
These were the six high-impact, feature length documentary projects chosen for Good Pitch² Australia 2015.
In 2014 the inaugural Good Pitch² Australia secured more than $2 million in philanthropic funding and over 60 powerful new strategic partnerships were forged to fund production, build audiences and ensure lasting impact.
By Karina Holden & Sarah Beard
Devastation of the Reef and destruction of marine sanctuaries highlight the need to protect Australia’s precious seas for future generations. Blue takes us on an inter-generational journey to safeguard the waters surrounding our vast continent. Our ocean guardians show us what we have lost, what we have gained and what must be done to conserve our beloved blue ocean.
HAPPY SAD MAN
By Genevieve Bailey, Henrik Nordstrom & Rebecca Barry
HAPPY SAD MAN explores the complexity of mental wellbeing through the eyes of men today. With Australian men four times more likely to die from suicide than women, this is a portrait of mental health which removes the stigma associated with depression, mania and anxiety.
THE HUNTING GROUND
By Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering
From the team behind the Academy Award nominated The Invisible War, comes a startling exposé of sexual assaults on university campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors pursuing their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.
ON RICHARD'S SIDE
By Andrew Wiseman & Marylou Verberne
Filmed over three decades, this documentary charts the life-story of Richard, a young man with severe intellectual disability. Intimate insights into his parents’ quest to establish a quality life for their son and themselves underscore the crisis of overworked and under resourced carers. Richard’s mum is ageing. His father has passed away. Who will care for Richard into manhood?
By Kelrick Martin & Harry Bardwell
At a time when over-representation of Indigenous Australians in prison is deemed a national crisis, this film shares the experiences, faults and feelings of the men and women incarcerated in a tropical Northern Territory Prison. Over 80% of these inmates are Aboriginal and their personal stories reveal the human face of a justice system in desperate need of reform.
By James Bogle & Sue Clothier
A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Brett Whiteley. Through archive, drama and visual effects, this raw and intimate film shows Whiteley’s driving passion to express himself through his art. It underlines the importance of nurturing and supporting all young artists who assume the responsibility of taking Australian art to the world.
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The world's leading forum for social impact documentary came to Australia for the first time at the Sydney Opera House on the 8th October 2014. Seven outstanding Australian documentaries – each with a powerful agenda for social impact and change – were chosen to participate in Good Pitch² Australia 2014 .
Call Me Dad
Director: Sophie Wiesner, Producer: Madeleine Hetherto
A story about men who have perpetrated or are at risk of perpetrating family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability of families, and the power we as a society have to intervene. These men have problems expressing anger, and other strong emotions, without resorting to abuse, verbal or physical. We follow these men as they attempt to change and heal their most precious relationships.
Constance on the Edge
Director: Belinda Mason, Producer: Marguerite Grey
Walk in the shoes of a Sudanese refugee as she attempts to transform her rural town of Wagga Wagga into a friendlier place. Constance on the Edge tells the story of brave, feisty, charismatic Constance Okot, her family and friends, attempting to transcend their painful pasts.
Director: Richard Todd, Producers: Simon Nasht and Trish Lake
Reluctant activist Dayne ‘The Frackman’ Pratzky, takes us on a journey through the bush as we meet a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational gold rush – the race to secure and exploit coal seam gas. From conservative landowners, to radical activists and town-dwelling families, this unlikely coalition of Australians has come together to protect the health of their communities, land and future.
Director: Maya Newell, Producer: Charlotte Mars
At a time when Australia is divided on the issue of same-sex marriage, four children with gay and lesbian parents share their stories. While they each have a unique issue, the kids nonetheless all face the dramas of oncoming puberty and stepping out for the first time into a world that places intense scrutiny on families like theirs.
Director: Hollie Fifer, Producer: Rebecca Barry
The Opposition asks the important question of how can we ethically build sustainable industry in developing countries? Told through the story of Paga Hill – the luscious mountain peninsula of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. This is the site for this unfolding drama; the paradise everyone wants to claim.
That Sugar Film
Director: Damon Gameau, Producer Nick Batzias
It's the most dominant food in the world but how has sugar infiltrated our diet and culture and what is it doing to us? One man's journey through academia, irreverence, experiment, celebrity, science and vibrant entertainment, That Sugar Film is a saccharine ride exploring the true nature of sugar...and how to start a new life without it.
Director: Aaron Petersen, Producer Sarah Linton
Zach’s Ceremony follows a city-raised boy and his quest to reconnect with his Indigenous roots as he goes through the ancient rite of initiation. Fuelled by passion, a father and son’s tense and often combative relationship brings into sharp relief the clash of two worlds and the struggle modern-day Australians face connecting with the oldest living culture in the world.
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