Dec 032014



15 films have been selected by the Academy’s Documentary Branch into the shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. The next round of voting will reduce this list to five final nominees.

Here they are, listed in alphabetical order by title:

Art and Craft
The Case against 8
Citizen Koch
Finding Vivian Maier
The Internet’s Own Boy
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Keep On Keepin’ On
The Kill Team
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters
The Salt of the Earth
Tales of the Grim Sleeper

The great news for Australians is that most of these films are and have been available to view over the course of the year. The Case Against 8, Finding Vivian Maier and Jodorowsky’s Dune have all been released theatrically in 2014, with Keep on Keepin’ On set to be have a limited release this month and Life Itself in January.

The Kill Team and The Internet’s Own Boy are currently available to rent or buy on Dendy Direct in Australia.

Others, like The Overnighters, Salt of the Earth and Tales of the Grim Sleeper (and Life Itself and Jodorowsky’s Dune) have been on the festival rounds. I was lucky enough to catch the latter in Toronto. It takes documentary filmmaking to the next level. I was sorry to miss out on The Overnighters at the Sydney Film Festival.

Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour has become the favourite, awarded Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards and the NYFCC yesterday, with Last Days in Vietnam also a strong contender, but my current #1 selection would be Jodorowsky’s  Dune. Such an entertaining look at the crazy genius and his impossible adaptation of Dune.

By Andrew Buckle