Welcome to the 7th edition of Down Under Berlin!
This year, we are “Looking Beyond”, as we take our audience on a journey: to other worlds, into the hearts of monsters, back to the past, and into the future. This journey can be terrifying, other times exhilarating, and often leads to a very personal destination.
Our opening feature is the adaptation Jasper Jones by award-winning director Rachel Perkins, a beautiful coming-of-age story which has already been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and Stand by Me.
“An engaging mystery, a warm-hearted account of friendship and an exploration of courage in the face of prejudice.” – Sarah Ward, Screendaily
This year’s highlights include critically acclaimed documentaries: Deep Water: The Real Story uncovers the terrible history of crimes against gay men in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s. In Barbecue, grilling meat unites people all over the world, whereas in Pecking Order it’s chickens who bring people together.
I Am Heath Ledger is an up close and personal look at the extraordinary life of the late actor.
“It was such an intimate look at his life and creativity. I felt like I came out of it with a more complete portrait of who he was as a person and not just an actor.”– Crystal Bell , MTV
We also shine a spotlight on short films, with a range of fantastic shorts and one very special event: The Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ – and the audience gets to choose the winners! We top off the program with the chilling Hounds of Love, the true story Joe Cinque’s Consolation, and sci-fi thriller OtherLife.
To close the festival we celebrate all things scary with the documentary Spookers by Florian Habicht, an intimate portrait of the people who work at a haunted house, and how becoming a monster can help you face your fears!
“Spookers is a celebration of strangeness.“ – Roger Ebert, www.rogerebert.com
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