Six outstanding documentaries longlisted for the 2016 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be screened at the State Library of NSW in Sydney in October, giving the public a free viewing of the finest work in the field over the past year.
From tragedy on Mount Everest to Pauline Hanson’s political career, these films showcase the very best in Australian longform journalism.
All six films will be screened for the public at the State Library of NSW over the two evenings of Tuesday October 18 and Wednesday October 19 as follows:
SCREENING SCHEDULE: TUESDAY OCTOBER 18
Hitting Home (Episode 1)
Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton and Ivan O’Mahoney, In Films and ABC TV
In a year dominated by headline stories of domestic violence and the murder of nearly 70 women, award-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson has spent six months on the frontline of our national crisis. With unprecedented access to courts and safe rooms, domestic abuse programs in prison, forensic doctors and specialised police units, Sarah also moves into a women’s refuge in search of answers. How does domestic violence begin? How does it escalate from control to physical violence and even death? Session time: Tuesday 4pm, State Library of NSW
Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation
Neil Lawrence, Mitzi Goldman, Jane Manning, Andrea Lang, Caroline Pegram and , Looking Glass Pictures and ABC TV
They're rigged, they're addictive and they're everywhere. For the first time, the masterminds behind pokie machines reveal how they're programmed for addiction. Have governments become the biggest addicts of all?Session time: Tuesday 5.15pm, State Library of NSW
Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin and John Smithson, Felix Media
Images of climbers perched on the precipitous white slopes of Everest have spoken to us of bravery and camaraderie since New Zealander Edmund Hillary's and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's summit triumph in 1953. In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas. For the Himalayan workers repeatedly traversing the mountain carrying supplies, the risk of this hazardous endeavor is multiplied. This stunning documentary, shot by high-altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk, explores the unequal relationship between cashed-up foreign expeditions and their guides.Session time: Tuesday 6.15pm, State Library of NSW
SCREENING SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19
Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War (Episode 3)
Victoria Midwinter Pitt, Essential Media and Entertainment and ABC TV
This is the story of Australia’s longest war, told through the experiences of those who fought it. From the Special Forces operatives who landed only weeks after 9/11, to drone pilots who fought a new kind of war via remote control, to the engineers who built schools with an eye out for snipers. From prime ministers and generals to private soldiers, the series' characters reveal themselves before, during and after their war. Some are badly damaged. Others just did their jobs. All have been transformed by their experience. They reveal why Australia went to war and how our objectives and strategies changed over 13 years.Session time: Wednesday 4pm, State Library of NSW
In the Shadow of the Hill
Dan Jackson, Future Paradigm Films
In an effort to guarantee security for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazilian authorities embarked on a controversial program to recapture territories controlled by drug traffickers. In November 2011, an elite police squad (the notorious BOPE) moved into Rio de Janiero's largest slum, Rocinha. Amid reports of police brutality, local man Amarildo de Souza disappeared; he was last seen in custody. Fired up, the community start a protest movement that becomes a game changer.Session time: Wednesday 5pm, State Library of NSW
Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!
Anna Broinowski, Michael Cordell and Nikki Stevens, CJZ and SBS TV
Charting the volatile political journey of newly elected Senator Pauline Hanson from 1996 to 2016, Pauline Hanson: Please Explain! shows the impact that the former fish and chip shop lady had on multicultural Australia – as it seems she’s now set to have a similar impact, all over again.Session time: Wednesday 6.40pm, State Library of NSW
The Walkley Documentary Award Shortlist will be unveiled at the State Library of NSW on Thursday October 13 as part of the 2016 Walkley Awards finalists announcements.
ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE BUT YOU MUST RSVP.
The winner will be announced at the 61st Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Friday December 2 in Brisbane.
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