The 68th Sydney Film Festival (SFF) has announced 12 new Australian documentaries selected to contest the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary.
They are, as a whole, a political bunch, reflecting passions around social justice, institutions that aren’t serving Australia as they should, and heroes working despite those limitations. There are also intimate portraits of musicians, filmmakers and artists that demonstrate an international perspective. The strong support of SBS is key in a number of the films, and established documentary producers continue to nurture newer talents. Some previous SFF winners are here, suggesting they’re persisting beyond early career success.