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The 2018 Documentary Australia Award nominees at Sydney Film Festival

At the 2018 Sydney Film Festival we presented the fifth annual Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Australian Documentary. The award is generously supported by Documentary Australia Foundation with a $10,000 cash prize acknowledging excellence in documentary production. Up to 10 films of any length are selected for the competition, and the jury awards the cash prize at SFF’s Closing Night ceremony. 

Previous winners include The Pink House (2017), In the Shadow of the Hill (2016), Only the Dead (2015), 35 Letters (2014), Buckskin (2013), Killing Anna (2012), Life in Movement (2011), The Snowman (2010), A Good Man (2009) and Contact (2009).

And the 2018 nominees for the Documentary Australia Award for Best Australian Documentary are....

 

 

Backtrack Boys

Directed by Catherine Scott

Three Aussie boys are on a rocky path towards jail until they meet a rule-breaking jackaroo and join his legendary dog jumping team. 

 

 

China Love

Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire

A fascinating exploration of contemporary China through the pre-wedding photography industry – a billion-dollar fantasy world. 

 

 

Dying To Live

Directed by Richard Todd

Australia is well behind the Western world in organ and tissue donor rates, causing immense suffering for those awaiting organs, while donors inspire us with their gift of life. 

 

 

Finke: There and Back

Directed by Dylan River

Blood, sweat and tears shed across central Australia at the iconic Finke Desert Race, Australia’s fastest and deadliest off-road motorsport event.

 

 

Ghosthunter

Directed by Ben Lawrence

When his life-long search for an absent father uncovers a horrific revelation and a police manhunt, part time ghosthunter Jason must confront his family’s dark past. 

 

 

I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

Directed by Jessica Leski

The coming of age stories of four women whose lives were changed forever by their love of boybands Backstreet Boys, One Direction, Take That and The Beatles.

 

 

In The Land Of Wolves

Directed by Grace McKenzie

A portrait of a small Georgian village filmed across the seasons, that focuses on family intricacies and working the land in a timeless place of transience and refuge.

 

 

Oyster

Directed by Kim Beamish

A delightful portrait of a NSW South Coast oyster farmer, his family and the precarious three year journey it takes to bring his Sydney rock oysters to market. 

 

 

RocKabul

Directed by Travis Beard

Australian musician, journalist and debut director Travis Beard chronicles Afghanistan’s only metal band as they take to the stage, risking their lives for rock music. 

 

 

Teach A Man To Fish

Directed by Grant Leigh Saunders

As a fair-skinned Aboriginal man living away from his country, middle-aged Grant struggles with his identity. So, he decides to quit everything and go fishing with his father. 

 

You can read more about these films on the Sydney Film Festival website.
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