Program announcement Down Under Berlin 2017!

By Charmaine Gorman

OK, so you’ve seen our previous blog where we couldn’t keep our mouths shut and blurted out to you some highlights of the 2017 festival, well now we finally get the chance to fill you in on the rest of the program for this year under our new motto – LOOKING BEYOND

This year’s festival program encompasses a compelling range of fiction and documentary films that look beyond everyday life, towards new futures, and healing broken pasts. Looking beyond what we believe to be true, the program takes our audience on a journey into alternate realities, and back to better times. Through personal struggle, strength may come; and the kindness of community brings the chance to thrive.

Jasper Jones

For opening night we begin with the European premiere of Jasper Jones (2017). Supported by the Australian Embassy and the Australia now program, this film by Rachel Perkins is an engaging coming of age mystery. The Australian embassy is being rather a good sport and putting on a ‘do’ after the film, so come join the fun for the opening night and stay for an Australian wine in the Moviemento Lounge where you can mingle and join the first night celebrations.

 

Pecking Order

We’ve got heaps of amazing documentaries: the love of chickens in Pecking Order (2017), Deep Water: The Real Story is a heartfelt search for redemption (2016), the beautifully personal I am Heath Ledger (2017), a grill feast in Barbeque (2017), and some scary fun in  Spookers (2017) to round us out on closing night.

 

Hounds of Love

Features reign supreme with some real doozies. You will not believe that the events depicted in the true crime drama Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2016) did actually happen in Canberra in the 1990’s. On the flip side, Hounds of Love (2016) is so chilling you’ll be glad it’s a fiction feature. OtherLife (2016) is one of the best sci-fi thrillers to come out of Australia in years and, of course, there’s the aforementioned hit Jasper Jones, which opens our festival this year.

Spring Jam (short film)

Lastly, the best thing to happen to short film screenings in Berlin this year is happening Thursday 14th September at the DUB Film Festival! Come and witness the Australia vs. New Zealand – Short Film battle! Two sessions, nearly three hours of films, and one ultimate survivor! It’s going to be EPIC, and you, the audience, get to choose the winner!

But not only the battle, there are three other short film sessions in the festival to get your teeth into. If you love short film you should buy a 5-ticket pass for €35 from Moviemento and come to all short film screenings! You’ll save €5!

We are really proud of this bunch of films. There’s some simply stunning New Zealand and Australian locations, which have been beautifully shot, some gripping stories and heart felt documentary subjects. These films, both big and small, represent the Australian and New Zealand film industry at its best and celebrate everything it means to go beyond. Beyond walls, beyond stigma, beyond roads, beyond the past, present, even futures.

Read the rest of the DUB program here!

The DUB Blog will be taking a closer look at the films in the weeks to come so watch this space, like the DUB Facebook page, or subscribe to the newsletter to keep informed!

We hope you are as excited as we are! See you at the movies!

 

Charmaine Gorman is an Australian actress and writer living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, she also facilitates the Robert Marchand acting and directing workshops in Berlin.


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