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DIFF Program by day

Below are all the 2022 Darwin International Film Festival events by date. To view alpabetical list click 'ALL TICKETS' above and you can then toggle between 'by day' or 'by title'.


Thursday 15th September

DIFF - We Are Still Here

*NT PREMIERE*

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

In order to move forward, we must first look back. Eight Indigenous heroes must overcome obstacles so they can finally be masters of their own destiny in this multi-protagonist drama.

Originating as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival, this unparalleled First Nations celebration interweaves eight stories by 10 directors from
Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Powerful and poetic tales exploring thousands of years of kinship, loss, grief and resilience and ultimately survival... A testament to the thrilling First Nations cinematic talent there is on offer.

DIFF - We Are Still Here

*NT PREMIERE*

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

In order to move forward, we must first look back. Eight Indigenous heroes must overcome obstacles so they can finally be masters of their own destiny in this multi-protagonist drama.

Originating as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival, this unparalleled First Nations celebration interweaves eight stories by 10 directors from
Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Powerful and poetic tales exploring thousands of years of kinship, loss, grief and resilience and ultimately survival... A testament to the thrilling First Nations cinematic talent there is on offer.
MORE / TRAILER

 


Friday 16th September

DIFF - Sissy

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

Teen best friends Cecilia and Emma, after a decade run into each other. Cecilia is invited on Emma's bachelorette weekend where she gets stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully with a taste for revenge.

DIFF - Sissy

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

Teen best friends Cecilia and Emma, after a decade run into each other. Cecilia is invited on Emma's bachelorette weekend where she gets stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully with a taste for revenge.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Franklin

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

6.40pm - Special Guest Q&A Featuring Chris Kamen, Oliver Cassidy and representatives from ECNT and Territory Rivers, Keep 'Em Flowing. MC'd by Morgan Rickard.

7.00pm - Screening

When Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Commission planned to build a dam on the Franklin River, Launceston’s Wilderness Society mobilised to protect it, sparking a now-infamous, and ultimately victorious, campaign of blockades, protests, lawsuits and political wrangling – a campaign that was a key part of the development of the Australian Greens movement.

Franklin recounts this seminal environmental protest through the eyes of Oliver Cassidy, who retraces the journey on the World Heritage–listed river taken some 40 years before by his late activist father.

Rating Information - FRANKLIN has been given a MA15+ rating due to language, we have removed the most offensive language from the film.

DIFF - Franklin

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

6.40pm - Special Guest Q&A Featuring Chris Kamen, Oliver Cassidy and representatives from ECNT and Territory Rivers, Keep 'Em Flowing. MC'd by Morgan Rickard.

7.00pm - Screening

When Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Commission planned to build a dam on the Franklin River, Launceston’s Wilderness Society mobilised to protect it, sparking a now-infamous, and ultimately victorious, campaign of blockades, protests, lawsuits and political wrangling – a campaign that was a key part of the development of the Australian Greens movement.

Franklin recounts this seminal environmental protest through the eyes of Oliver Cassidy, who retraces the journey on the World Heritage–listed river taken some 40 years before by his late activist father.

Rating Information - FRANKLIN has been given a MA15+ rating due to language, we have removed the most offensive language from the film.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - #Ghostmodern

NT PREMIERE

Darwin Ski Club - 7pm

Live original score from JAMES MANGOHIG, MISTA MONK and ELF TRANZPORTER

Fake news + meme warfare :: misinformation and conspiracy :: artificial intelligence + the algorithm :: virtual reality and simulation theory :: How do we distinguish between truth and illusion in the age of information overload?

#Ghostmodern is a unique live cinema experience born from a collaboration between filmmaker Timothy Parish and award- winning music producer Kuya James (James Mangohig) and Indo futurist Tutup Mulut with live rap narration by MC’s
Mista Monk and Australian hip-hop legend Elf Tranzporter. #Ghostmodern blurs the line between documentary and live performance to create a kaleidoscopic expanded cinema production that will provocatively explore our media-saturated reality and the issues of our time.
Proudly presented in partnership with Cinemart.

DIFF - #Ghostmodern

NT PREMIERE

Darwin Ski Club - 7pm

Live original score from JAMES MANGOHIG, MISTA MONK and ELF TRANZPORTER

Fake news + meme warfare :: misinformation and conspiracy :: artificial intelligence + the algorithm :: virtual reality and simulation theory :: How do we distinguish between truth and illusion in the age of information overload?

#Ghostmodern is a unique live cinema experience born from a collaboration between filmmaker Timothy Parish and award- winning music producer Kuya James (James Mangohig) and Indo futurist Tutup Mulut with live rap narration by MC’s
Mista Monk and Australian hip-hop legend Elf Tranzporter. #Ghostmodern blurs the line between documentary and live performance to create a kaleidoscopic expanded cinema production that will provocatively explore our media-saturated reality and the issues of our time.
Proudly presented in partnership with Cinemart.
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DIFF - Flux Gourmet

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 9.15pm

Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.

DIFF - Flux Gourmet

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 9.15pm

Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Where Is Anne Frank

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.50pm

A psychedelic animated journey of magic realism, this is the first international film that aims to bring the poignant theme of the Holocaust to a younger audience. Where Is Anne Frank follows the story of modern day Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank composed her diary. Searching for and following in Anne’s footsteps, Kitty becomes a witness to the Frank family’s last months in the Holocaust, and Europe after the Second World War. Confronted with the challenges of the present day, she gains worldwide attention and interacts with undocumented migrants in this adventurous coming of age tale.

Cannes Film Festival 2022 official selection

French with English Subtitles

DIFF - Where Is Anne Frank

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.50pm

A psychedelic animated journey of magic realism, this is the first international film that aims to bring the poignant theme of the Holocaust to a younger audience. Where Is Anne Frank follows the story of modern day Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank composed her diary. Searching for and following in Anne’s footsteps, Kitty becomes a witness to the Frank family’s last months in the Holocaust, and Europe after the Second World War. Confronted with the challenges of the present day, she gains worldwide attention and interacts with undocumented migrants in this adventurous coming of age tale.

Cannes Film Festival 2022 official selection

French with English Subtitles
MORE / TRAILER

Satruday the 17th September

DIFF - Before Now And Then

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

Telling the true story of Raden Nana Sunan, who lived in rural Indonesia during the violent political turmoil of the 1960s.
Poverty-stricken, having lost her family to the war in West Java, Nana marries again and begins a new life. Her new husband is wealthy, but her place in the home is menial, and he is unfaithful. An unlikely friendship builds between Nana and her husband’s mistress, both trying to find refuge and ultimately freedom from the troubles that plague their houses and the country.
Kamila Andini tells a very personal story in this beguiling period drama that is breathtaking and deeply emotional.

DIFF - Before Now And Then

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

Telling the true story of Raden Nana Sunan, who lived in rural Indonesia during the violent political turmoil of the 1960s.
Poverty-stricken, having lost her family to the war in West Java, Nana marries again and begins a new life. Her new husband is wealthy, but her place in the home is menial, and he is unfaithful. An unlikely friendship builds between Nana and her husband’s mistress, both trying to find refuge and ultimately freedom from the troubles that plague their houses and the country.
Kamila Andini tells a very personal story in this beguiling period drama that is breathtaking and deeply emotional.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Maika

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

The first Vietnamese sci-fi feature film for kids, Maika is a heart-warming tale of courage and friendship. After the death of his mother, 8 year-old Hung finds comfort in his growing obsession with space. Observing a meteor shower one night, Hung witnesses a spaceship crash-landing. He befriends the young pilot, Maika, but her ship is damaged and her companion lost in the accident. To make matters worse, greedy landlords and ruthless space entrepreneurs are also coming at them! Can Hung and Maika find her friend, fix the spaceship and make it home? (Please note the film contains mild violence.)

Sundance 2022 official selection

English Dubbed Version
Vietnamese audio available on headphones

DIFF - Maika

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

The first Vietnamese sci-fi feature film for kids, Maika is a heart-warming tale of courage and friendship. After the death of his mother, 8 year-old Hung finds comfort in his growing obsession with space. Observing a meteor shower one night, Hung witnesses a spaceship crash-landing. He befriends the young pilot, Maika, but her ship is damaged and her companion lost in the accident. To make matters worse, greedy landlords and ruthless space entrepreneurs are also coming at them! Can Hung and Maika find her friend, fix the spaceship and make it home? (Please note the film contains mild violence.)

Sundance 2022 official selection

English Dubbed Version
Vietnamese audio available on headphones
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Yuni

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 9.15pm

A teenage girl’s ambition is placed at odds with the expectations of the austere Indonesian community she lives in.
Yuni is the brightest in her school and aspires to attend university. When two men she barely knows propose to marry her she rejects their proposals, eliciting condemnation from her family. A myth that a woman who rejects three proposals will never marry seeds gossip in the community.
When a third man asks for her hand, Yuni must choose between the myth of a final chance of marriage, and her dream of future happiness.

DIFF - Yuni

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 9.15pm

A teenage girl’s ambition is placed at odds with the expectations of the austere Indonesian community she lives in.
Yuni is the brightest in her school and aspires to attend university. When two men she barely knows propose to marry her she rejects their proposals, eliciting condemnation from her family. A myth that a woman who rejects three proposals will never marry seeds gossip in the community.
When a third man asks for her hand, Yuni must choose between the myth of a final chance of marriage, and her dream of future happiness.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Fire Of Love

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9pm

Intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft devoted their lives to uncovering the mystery of volcanoes, chasing fire around the world and in the process capturing some of the most spectacular imagery of the earth ever recorded. Told through the lenses of this magnetic couple, FIRE OF LOVE is a visual romance that takes place on an intimate and awesome scale, exploring how their shared passion enabled pioneering research in the 1970s and 80s that helped save lives, but ultimately ended their own.

Directed by Sara Dosa and narrated by Miranda July, this lyrical archival collage pulls from hundreds of hours of rare and never-before-seen footage and photographs shot by the Kraffts, channeling the humor, affection, and insatiable curiosity that was integral to their partnership and which left behind a legacy that has forever enriched our understanding of the natural world.

DIFF - Fire Of Love

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9pm

Intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft devoted their lives to uncovering the mystery of volcanoes, chasing fire around the world and in the process capturing some of the most spectacular imagery of the earth ever recorded. Told through the lenses of this magnetic couple, FIRE OF LOVE is a visual romance that takes place on an intimate and awesome scale, exploring how their shared passion enabled pioneering research in the 1970s and 80s that helped save lives, but ultimately ended their own.

Directed by Sara Dosa and narrated by Miranda July, this lyrical archival collage pulls from hundreds of hours of rare and never-before-seen footage and photographs shot by the Kraffts, channeling the humor, affection, and insatiable curiosity that was integral to their partnership and which left behind a legacy that has forever enriched our understanding of the natural world.
MORE / TRAILER

Sunday the 18th September

DIFF - Compartment No. 6

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.

DIFF - Compartment No. 6

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Ride The Wave

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

An exhilarating documentary that follows a Scottish surf champion who has the dream of riding the biggest, most dangerous cold-water waves in the world. But he’s only 12. In this incredible film we meet Ben Larg, who took up surfing as a way to deal with being bullied. But the sport he loves only makes him even more of an outsider in the Scottish island community of Tiree, where they cannot understand his motivations. Undaunted, he prepares for the ultimate challenge, riding the biggest cold-water swells off the coast of Mullaghmore, Ireland. Will the months of intense training pay off? Will he make it back to shore?

Winner - Jury Prize Riviera International Film Festival

Winner - Young Audience Award Galway Film Fleadh

DIFF - Ride The Wave

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

An exhilarating documentary that follows a Scottish surf champion who has the dream of riding the biggest, most dangerous cold-water waves in the world. But he’s only 12. In this incredible film we meet Ben Larg, who took up surfing as a way to deal with being bullied. But the sport he loves only makes him even more of an outsider in the Scottish island community of Tiree, where they cannot understand his motivations. Undaunted, he prepares for the ultimate challenge, riding the biggest cold-water swells off the coast of Mullaghmore, Ireland. Will the months of intense training pay off? Will he make it back to shore?

Winner - Jury Prize Riviera International Film Festival

Winner - Young Audience Award Galway Film Fleadh
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Neptune Frost

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 9.15pm

This punk sci-fi Afrofuturist musical is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex.
Set in past, present and future Rwanda. In the hilltops of Burundi, a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti- colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry.

DIFF - Neptune Frost

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 9.15pm

This punk sci-fi Afrofuturist musical is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex.
Set in past, present and future Rwanda. In the hilltops of Burundi, a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti- colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Alcarras

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.50pm

Quimet Solé’s family has grown peaches in Alcarràs, Catalonia, ever since they were gifted land by the rich Pinyol family for saving their lives during the Spanish Civil War. But there was no documentation, only the shake of hands and a promise from one man to another. Now the young Pinyol heir wants to evict the Solés and bulldoze their trees to make way for a lucrative solar farm. Told against the backdrop of independent farmers being squeezed out by corporate interests and government failures, this affecting and compassionate study of an endangered way of life is faultlessly performed by a non-professional cast of local community members.

Spanish with English subtitles

Winner - Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival 2022

DIFF - Alcarras

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.50pm

Quimet Solé’s family has grown peaches in Alcarràs, Catalonia, ever since they were gifted land by the rich Pinyol family for saving their lives during the Spanish Civil War. But there was no documentation, only the shake of hands and a promise from one man to another. Now the young Pinyol heir wants to evict the Solés and bulldoze their trees to make way for a lucrative solar farm. Told against the backdrop of independent farmers being squeezed out by corporate interests and government failures, this affecting and compassionate study of an endangered way of life is faultlessly performed by a non-professional cast of local community members.

Spanish with English subtitles

Winner - Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival 2022
MORE / TRAILER

Monday 19th September

DIFF - Decision to Leave

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

"I worry when he does not come back from a mountain, thinking he might die at last."

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge, Hae-joon (PARK Hae-il), comes to meet the dead man's wife Seo-rae (TANG Wei). Seo-rae does not show any signs of agitation at her husband's death. With her behaviour so unlike that of a grieving relative, the police consider her a suspect. Hae-joon interrogates Seo-rae, and while observing her on stakeout, feels himself slowly developing an interest in her. Meanwhile the difficult-to-read Seo-rae, despite being suspected of a crime, acts boldly towards Hae-joon. A suspect who is hiding her true feelings. A detective who suspects and desires his suspect. Their Decision to Leave.

DIFF - Decision to Leave

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

"I worry when he does not come back from a mountain, thinking he might die at last."

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge, Hae-joon (PARK Hae-il), comes to meet the dead man's wife Seo-rae (TANG Wei). Seo-rae does not show any signs of agitation at her husband's death. With her behaviour so unlike that of a grieving relative, the police consider her a suspect. Hae-joon interrogates Seo-rae, and while observing her on stakeout, feels himself slowly developing an interest in her. Meanwhile the difficult-to-read Seo-rae, despite being suspected of a crime, acts boldly towards Hae-joon. A suspect who is hiding her true feelings. A detective who suspects and desires his suspect. Their Decision to Leave.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Geeta

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

6.40pm - Special Guest Q&A featuring Emma Macey-Storch, Dipanjali Rao and representatives from Amnesty International, hoster by local filmmaker Naina Sen

7.00pm - Screening

Geeta Mahor was asleep with her three young daughters when her husband, Inderjeet, crept into their room and maliciously threw acid on them. Geeta was badly injured, three-year-old Neetu ended up severely scarred and almost completely blind, and baby Krishna tragically passed away. And the reason Inderjeet gave for the attack was because he was only getting girls, girls, girls.

Fast-forward 28 years and Geeta and her daughter Neetu live their lives in the urban slums of Agra with gusto, hope and an uncompromising determination to create lasting societal change.

Set against breathtaking Agra landscapes; unpopulated parts of the Yamuna river, and above all the pace and texture of ordinary life in Agra, “Geeta” lets the characters lead us into a complex, contradictory and vulnerable story that opens up more questions than it offers answers. And the biggest and most sobering question is one we have from the very beginning: how does the continued presence of Inderjeet in Geeta and Neetu’s lives square with the independence and agency Geeta and Neetu are seeking as members of activist movement Stop Acid Attacks and in their role as founding members of the revolutionary SHEROES Hangout cafe?

Ultimately ‘Geeta’ is a story about overcoming violence, the enduring power of love, building dreams and the everyday heroism that creates grassroots change.



Geeta was financed with support from Film Victoria, Screen Australia, The Post Lounge, Scout Film Finance and Some Kind of Squirrel Productions, alongside private investment.

DIFF - Geeta

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

6.40pm - Special Guest Q&A featuring Emma Macey-Storch, Dipanjali Rao and representatives from Amnesty International, hoster by local filmmaker Naina Sen

7.00pm - Screening

Geeta Mahor was asleep with her three young daughters when her husband, Inderjeet, crept into their room and maliciously threw acid on them. Geeta was badly injured, three-year-old Neetu ended up severely scarred and almost completely blind, and baby Krishna tragically passed away. And the reason Inderjeet gave for the attack was because he was only getting girls, girls, girls.

Fast-forward 28 years and Geeta and her daughter Neetu live their lives in the urban slums of Agra with gusto, hope and an uncompromising determination to create lasting societal change.

Set against breathtaking Agra landscapes; unpopulated parts of the Yamuna river, and above all the pace and texture of ordinary life in Agra, “Geeta” lets the characters lead us into a complex, contradictory and vulnerable story that opens up more questions than it offers answers. And the biggest and most sobering question is one we have from the very beginning: how does the continued presence of Inderjeet in Geeta and Neetu’s lives square with the independence and agency Geeta and Neetu are seeking as members of activist movement Stop Acid Attacks and in their role as founding members of the revolutionary SHEROES Hangout cafe?

Ultimately ‘Geeta’ is a story about overcoming violence, the enduring power of love, building dreams and the everyday heroism that creates grassroots change.



Geeta was financed with support from Film Victoria, Screen Australia, The Post Lounge, Scout Film Finance and Some Kind of Squirrel Productions, alongside private investment.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Muriel's Wedding

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.

DIFF - Muriel's Wedding

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.
MORE / TRAILER

Tuesday 20th September

DIFF - Outback Ringer

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 6pm

TV Series
Director TOM LAWRENCE
Executive producer BEN DAVIES
Producers LIAM TAYLOR, TOM LAWRENCE, JESS BROWN, CIAN MCCUE

OUTBACK RINGER follows three families risking their lives catching feral bulls and buffalo deep in the remote Australian outback.

Over an entire catching season, audiences will once again witness high-stakes, character driven stories, filmed in one of the world’s most iconic locations.

This program is produced by Ronde Media, led by Executive Producer Ben Davies, the creator of the hit series Bondi Rescue, Series Producer Liam Taylor and concept creator Territorian Tommy Lawrence as Producer and Series Director (field). The gripping series will track the highs and lows of the ‘ringers’ – feral bull catchers in their world of hopes, high stakes and Outback folklore.

Episodes 1, 2 & 3

DIFF - Outback Ringer

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 6pm

TV Series
Director TOM LAWRENCE
Executive producer BEN DAVIES
Producers LIAM TAYLOR, TOM LAWRENCE, JESS BROWN, CIAN MCCUE

OUTBACK RINGER follows three families risking their lives catching feral bulls and buffalo deep in the remote Australian outback.

Over an entire catching season, audiences will once again witness high-stakes, character driven stories, filmed in one of the world’s most iconic locations.

This program is produced by Ronde Media, led by Executive Producer Ben Davies, the creator of the hit series Bondi Rescue, Series Producer Liam Taylor and concept creator Territorian Tommy Lawrence as Producer and Series Director (field). The gripping series will track the highs and lows of the ‘ringers’ – feral bull catchers in their world of hopes, high stakes and Outback folklore.

Episodes 1, 2 & 3
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - A House Made Of Splinters

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

Screening with short film - Democracy Darling

The winner of the Sundance World Documentary Directing Award delves into the lives of children near the frontline in Ukraine.
In this war-worn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine where addiction casts a long shadow, there sits a safe haven for children temporarily removed from their parents. A House Made of Splinters follows three kids awaiting their fate – will they go back or move on to a new home? – while a group of dedicated social workers create small moments of joy and respite from childhoods all but lost.
Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed first feature, The Distant Barking of Dogs, offering a unique look into how the long-term consequences of war on a society already under strain impacts the most vulnerable.

DIFF - A House Made Of Splinters

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

Screening with short film - Democracy Darling

The winner of the Sundance World Documentary Directing Award delves into the lives of children near the frontline in Ukraine.
In this war-worn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine where addiction casts a long shadow, there sits a safe haven for children temporarily removed from their parents. A House Made of Splinters follows three kids awaiting their fate – will they go back or move on to a new home? – while a group of dedicated social workers create small moments of joy and respite from childhoods all but lost.
Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed first feature, The Distant Barking of Dogs, offering a unique look into how the long-term consequences of war on a society already under strain impacts the most vulnerable.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Tiger On The Rocks

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

6.40pm - Q&A with Special Guest Cathryn Vasseleu

7pm - Screening

The Tasmanian Tiger twists and turns depending on how it’s seen. Sheep-killing beast or tragic victim of human induced extinction. Ancient painting on a rock or vivid ancestor spirit. Lost forever, or a timely reminder to respect the connection between human and animal, culture, nature and country. In stunning landscapes across Australia where Thylacines once roamed, people from wide-ranging traditions share their experiences: First Nations artists, rangers and custodians; biologists, bone hunters and archaeologists. Multiple insights combine to throw light on Australia’s most wanted animal.

Guests:
Director Cathryn Vasseleu

DIFF - Tiger On The Rocks

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

6.40pm - Q&A with Special Guest Cathryn Vasseleu

7pm - Screening

The Tasmanian Tiger twists and turns depending on how it’s seen. Sheep-killing beast or tragic victim of human induced extinction. Ancient painting on a rock or vivid ancestor spirit. Lost forever, or a timely reminder to respect the connection between human and animal, culture, nature and country. In stunning landscapes across Australia where Thylacines once roamed, people from wide-ranging traditions share their experiences: First Nations artists, rangers and custodians; biologists, bone hunters and archaeologists. Multiple insights combine to throw light on Australia’s most wanted animal.

Guests:
Director Cathryn Vasseleu
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - Red Dog

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.20pm

The legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his master.

DIFF - Red Dog

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.20pm

The legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his master.
MORE / TRAILER

Wednesday 21 September

DIFF - True Colours

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 6pm

TV Series
Directors ERICA GLYNN, STEVEN MCGREGOR Producers PENNY SMALLACOMBE, GREER SIMPKIN, DAVID JOWSEY
Writers ERICA GLYNN, STEVEN MCGREGOR, DANIELLE MACLEAN

An unmissable new series, created by Erica Glynn and Warren H. Williams, shot in the spectacular country around Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Yeperenye (East MacDonnell Ranges).

Detective Toni Alma (Rarriwuy Hick) is assigned to investigate a suspicious car accident in Perdar Theendar, the Aboriginal community she left as a child and has had little to do with over the years. The beauty of Aboriginal art and the sometimes-devious practices in the global art market take Detective Alma on a hunt for a killer. This is a murder mystery like no other, exploring culture, community, family and one woman’s pursuit to find her place within it.

DIFF - True Colours

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 6pm

TV Series
Directors ERICA GLYNN, STEVEN MCGREGOR Producers PENNY SMALLACOMBE, GREER SIMPKIN, DAVID JOWSEY
Writers ERICA GLYNN, STEVEN MCGREGOR, DANIELLE MACLEAN

An unmissable new series, created by Erica Glynn and Warren H. Williams, shot in the spectacular country around Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Yeperenye (East MacDonnell Ranges).

Detective Toni Alma (Rarriwuy Hick) is assigned to investigate a suspicious car accident in Perdar Theendar, the Aboriginal community she left as a child and has had little to do with over the years. The beauty of Aboriginal art and the sometimes-devious practices in the global art market take Detective Alma on a hunt for a killer. This is a murder mystery like no other, exploring culture, community, family and one woman’s pursuit to find her place within it.
MORE / TRAILER

DIFF - The Longest Weekend

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

Tensions simmer as three disconnected siblings find themselves living once again under the same roof – Lou has been evicted, Avery found her husband cheating and Rio... Rio never left home. Long kept secrets resurface when the father who abandoned them returns to their lives. As they draw closer they must decide together whether they want to bury the past.
Filmed in Sydney’s Inner West emerging filmmaker duo Molly Haddon and Jorrden Daley have crafted a raw and tender queer- positive debut about the healing power of speaking the unspoken, and finding a way to move beyond your circumstances.

DIFF - The Longest Weekend

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

Tensions simmer as three disconnected siblings find themselves living once again under the same roof – Lou has been evicted, Avery found her husband cheating and Rio... Rio never left home. Long kept secrets resurface when the father who abandoned them returns to their lives. As they draw closer they must decide together whether they want to bury the past.
Filmed in Sydney’s Inner West emerging filmmaker duo Molly Haddon and Jorrden Daley have crafted a raw and tender queer- positive debut about the healing power of speaking the unspoken, and finding a way to move beyond your circumstances.
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DIFF - Best of Annecy Kids 2021

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival assembles funny, touching and poetic short films that audiences of all ages will adore! This year seven films from the Official Selection as well as a tailor-made 2021 Annecy opening sequence by the students of Gobelins, l’école de l’image, will make up the program designed to enthral and enchant children from the age of six and upwards.

Mixture of English and French with English Subtitles

GOBELINS by l’école de l’image
A Splash in a Mud by Emmanuelle GORGIARD
The Princess and the Bandit by Sosnina MARIYA and Mikhail ALDASHIN
Kiko et les Animaux, by Isis LETERRIER
Tulip, by Phoebe WAHL and Andrea LOVE
Bémol, by Oana LACROIX
Under the Clouds by Vasilisa TIKUNOVA
A Stone in the Shoe, by Éric MONTCHAUD

DIFF - Best of Annecy Kids 2021

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival assembles funny, touching and poetic short films that audiences of all ages will adore! This year seven films from the Official Selection as well as a tailor-made 2021 Annecy opening sequence by the students of Gobelins, l’école de l’image, will make up the program designed to enthral and enchant children from the age of six and upwards.

Mixture of English and French with English Subtitles

GOBELINS by l’école de l’image
A Splash in a Mud by Emmanuelle GORGIARD
The Princess and the Bandit by Sosnina MARIYA and Mikhail ALDASHIN
Kiko et les Animaux, by Isis LETERRIER
Tulip, by Phoebe WAHL and Andrea LOVE
Bémol, by Oana LACROIX
Under the Clouds by Vasilisa TIKUNOVA
A Stone in the Shoe, by Éric MONTCHAUD
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DIFF - Emily The Criminal

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 9pm

This electrifying heist thriller follows an art-school dropout saddled with insurmountable student debt as she is drawn into l the criminal underworld and credit card fraud.

Audrey Plaza stars as Emily in this tense, white-knuckle journey. Emily goes from dead end job to dead end job, unable to pay back her student debt. Entangled, she is drawn deeper and deeper into the Los Angeles underworld.

John Patton Ford's feature debut mixes social commentary with white collar crime to give a searing indictment on the fragility of the modern working life of many Americans.

DIFF - Emily The Criminal

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 9pm

This electrifying heist thriller follows an art-school dropout saddled with insurmountable student debt as she is drawn into l the criminal underworld and credit card fraud.

Audrey Plaza stars as Emily in this tense, white-knuckle journey. Emily goes from dead end job to dead end job, unable to pay back her student debt. Entangled, she is drawn deeper and deeper into the Los Angeles underworld.

John Patton Ford's feature debut mixes social commentary with white collar crime to give a searing indictment on the fragility of the modern working life of many Americans.
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DIFF - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.15pm

A Classic! When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along.

In their colourful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

DIFF - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.15pm

A Classic! When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along.

In their colourful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.
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Thursday 22 September

DIFF - Blaze

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

Twelve-year-old Blaze (Julia Savage) is raised by her caring father, Luke (Simon Baker). When she witnesses a brutal crime on the streets, Blaze is faced with conflicting emotions of debilitating fear and a desire for justice. As she spirals uncontrollably, Luke does his best to help her through this crisis, but to little effect. An unlikely saviour enters the picture, a dragon – a magnificent Barton creation – that provides solace and courage to Blaze as she finds a path forward. Savage is fantastic as the teen confronted with an unimaginable crisis; as is Baker playing the parent desperate to fix a problem not easily solved. A rousing and moving film, Blaze is a bold hybrid of live action, puppetry and animation, an ode to female courage and a celebration of the power of the imagination.

DIFF - Blaze

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 7pm

Twelve-year-old Blaze (Julia Savage) is raised by her caring father, Luke (Simon Baker). When she witnesses a brutal crime on the streets, Blaze is faced with conflicting emotions of debilitating fear and a desire for justice. As she spirals uncontrollably, Luke does his best to help her through this crisis, but to little effect. An unlikely saviour enters the picture, a dragon – a magnificent Barton creation – that provides solace and courage to Blaze as she finds a path forward. Savage is fantastic as the teen confronted with an unimaginable crisis; as is Baker playing the parent desperate to fix a problem not easily solved. A rousing and moving film, Blaze is a bold hybrid of live action, puppetry and animation, an ode to female courage and a celebration of the power of the imagination.
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DIFF - Little Nicholas' Treasure

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

France, early 1960’s. In 9-year-old Nicholas’ idyllic world is his Papa, his Mom, his school and – most importantly – his ragtag group of friends. Cheeky, inseparable and mischievous, they call themselves ‘The Invincibles’ and life couldn’t be better. But when his father receives a sought-after promotion and announces that the family must move away, it’s the worst news imaginable. Nicholas simply cannot imagine life without his friends, and neither can they. Before long ‘The Invincibles’ hatch a plan… A fun-loving and heart-warming tale that captures the magic of childhood and the values of both family and true friendship.

French with English Subtitles

DIFF - Little Nicholas' Treasure

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

France, early 1960’s. In 9-year-old Nicholas’ idyllic world is his Papa, his Mom, his school and – most importantly – his ragtag group of friends. Cheeky, inseparable and mischievous, they call themselves ‘The Invincibles’ and life couldn’t be better. But when his father receives a sought-after promotion and announces that the family must move away, it’s the worst news imaginable. Nicholas simply cannot imagine life without his friends, and neither can they. Before long ‘The Invincibles’ hatch a plan… A fun-loving and heart-warming tale that captures the magic of childhood and the values of both family and true friendship.

French with English Subtitles
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DIFF - Matt Wright's Wild Territory

Event Cinemas Palmerston 7pm

TV Series
Presenter / featuring MATT WRIGHT, KAIA WRIGHT Executive producer MARTIN IVES
Producers NICK LONG

Juggling life as a family man is no easy feat, but driven by his thirst for adventure and love of the wild, Matt Wright, croc wrestler, wildlife relocator, conservationist and tourism entrepreneur, has a mission to protect wildlife and people in the harsh and dangerous terrain as he learns about the land from its traditional Aboriginal owners.

The Northern Territory will be on majestic display as Wright, along with his wife Kaia and young son Banjo, take viewers into their incredible everyday life – from wrestling huge crocodiles and reeling in barramundi to flying choppers in the tropical wet season.

The program covers stories of triumph and survival as farmers’ livelihoods are protected from cattle hungry beasts, while Matt and his crew navigate deadly waters to rescue fishermen being stalked by hungry crocs.

Episodes 1 & 2

DIFF - Matt Wright's Wild Territory

Event Cinemas Palmerston 7pm

TV Series
Presenter / featuring MATT WRIGHT, KAIA WRIGHT Executive producer MARTIN IVES
Producers NICK LONG

Juggling life as a family man is no easy feat, but driven by his thirst for adventure and love of the wild, Matt Wright, croc wrestler, wildlife relocator, conservationist and tourism entrepreneur, has a mission to protect wildlife and people in the harsh and dangerous terrain as he learns about the land from its traditional Aboriginal owners.

The Northern Territory will be on majestic display as Wright, along with his wife Kaia and young son Banjo, take viewers into their incredible everyday life – from wrestling huge crocodiles and reeling in barramundi to flying choppers in the tropical wet season.

The program covers stories of triumph and survival as farmers’ livelihoods are protected from cattle hungry beasts, while Matt and his crew navigate deadly waters to rescue fishermen being stalked by hungry crocs.

Episodes 1 & 2
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DIFF - Boy From Heaven

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 9.15pm

Adam is the son of a fisherman in the northern town of Manzala in Egypt. When he is offered to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicentre of Sunni Islam, it is the ultimate privilege. Shortly after Adam arrives the Grand Imam mysteriously dies. Adam finds himself a pawn in a power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite.
The winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes this year, Swedish- Egyptian Tarek Saleh’s new film Boy From Heaven is a riveting political thriller. The film straddles the divide between church and state within the Sunni Islam community.

DIFF - Boy From Heaven

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 9.15pm

Adam is the son of a fisherman in the northern town of Manzala in Egypt. When he is offered to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicentre of Sunni Islam, it is the ultimate privilege. Shortly after Adam arrives the Grand Imam mysteriously dies. Adam finds himself a pawn in a power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite.
The winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes this year, Swedish- Egyptian Tarek Saleh’s new film Boy From Heaven is a riveting political thriller. The film straddles the divide between church and state within the Sunni Islam community.
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DIFF - Romeo + Juliet (1996)

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9pm

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence.

An audio-visual treat for the big screen.

DIFF - Romeo + Juliet (1996)

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9pm

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence.

An audio-visual treat for the big screen.
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Friday 23 September

DIFF Spark 2022

WORLD PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

Special Gala Screening with all filmmakers in attendance. The Spark Film Initiative has returned for a 5th Season, with four teams of local filmmakers producing short films to have their world premiere during DIFF. One of the most
fun nights of the festival, come and see emerging local filmmakers on the big screen

Spark is a joint film initiative between the Darwin International Film Festival and Screen Territory.

(Logos to display: Screen Territory / NTG)

DIFF Spark 2022

WORLD PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema 7pm

Special Gala Screening with all filmmakers in attendance. The Spark Film Initiative has returned for a 5th Season, with four teams of local filmmakers producing short films to have their world premiere during DIFF. One of the most
fun nights of the festival, come and see emerging local filmmakers on the big screen

Spark is a joint film initiative between the Darwin International Film Festival and Screen Territory.

(Logos to display: Screen Territory / NTG)
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DIFF - The Last Film Show

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in India, discovers films for the first time and is absolutely mesmerised. He returns to the cinema day after day to watch more films and befriends the projectionist, who, in exchange for his lunches, lets him watch movies for free. He quickly figures out that stories become light, light becomes films, and films become dreams. When the cinema closes, Samay and his wild gang of friends move heaven and earth to catch and project light. Together, they use an innovative hack and jubilantly succeed in making their own 35mm film projection. But following your dreams often means leaving everything you love behind.

Gujarati with English Subtitles

Beijing International Film Festival 2021 - Nominee best film Tiantian Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2021 - NomineeAudience Award

DIFF - The Last Film Show

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in India, discovers films for the first time and is absolutely mesmerised. He returns to the cinema day after day to watch more films and befriends the projectionist, who, in exchange for his lunches, lets him watch movies for free. He quickly figures out that stories become light, light becomes films, and films become dreams. When the cinema closes, Samay and his wild gang of friends move heaven and earth to catch and project light. Together, they use an innovative hack and jubilantly succeed in making their own 35mm film projection. But following your dreams often means leaving everything you love behind.

Gujarati with English Subtitles

Beijing International Film Festival 2021 - Nominee best film Tiantian Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2021 - NomineeAudience Award
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DIFF - Eternal Spring

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 9pm

Mixing live action with 3D Animation, Eternal Spring documents outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong's 2002 hijacking of a state television broadcast in China.
Director Jason Loftus worked closely with Comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falun Gong practitioner who was forced to flee following police raids. Daxiong travelled to North America disheartened that the hijacking led to violent oppression.
An unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms.

DIFF - Eternal Spring

NT PREMIERE

Deckchair Cinema - 9pm

Mixing live action with 3D Animation, Eternal Spring documents outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong's 2002 hijacking of a state television broadcast in China.
Director Jason Loftus worked closely with Comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falun Gong practitioner who was forced to flee following police raids. Daxiong travelled to North America disheartened that the hijacking led to violent oppression.
An unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms.
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DIFF - Into The Ice

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9.15pm

An epic adventure into the heart of the Greenland Icesheet with three intrepid scientists who are searching for answers to some of climate sciences biggest mysteries.

Three daredevil Glaciologists travel to extreme lengths for science, abseiling down bottomless holes in the ice, trekking through the brutally bone-chilling arctic weather and deep snow - all whilst collecting scientific samples.

Into The Ice is a visually stunning adventure on an epic scale with far-reaching implications for how we perceive climate change - and with a very human insight into the fundamental curiosity that drives the worlds best scientists.

Sydney Film Festival Official Selection

DIFF - Into The Ice

*NT PREMIERE*

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9.15pm

An epic adventure into the heart of the Greenland Icesheet with three intrepid scientists who are searching for answers to some of climate sciences biggest mysteries.

Three daredevil Glaciologists travel to extreme lengths for science, abseiling down bottomless holes in the ice, trekking through the brutally bone-chilling arctic weather and deep snow - all whilst collecting scientific samples.

Into The Ice is a visually stunning adventure on an epic scale with far-reaching implications for how we perceive climate change - and with a very human insight into the fundamental curiosity that drives the worlds best scientists.

Sydney Film Festival Official Selection
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Saturday 24th September

DIFF - MaveriX

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 2pm

Directors IAN WATSON, ISAAC ELLIOTT,
GEOFF BENNETT, KELLY SCHILLING
Creators RACHEL CLEMENTS SAM MEIKLE ISAAC ELLIOTT Producers RACHEL CLEMENTS,
TRISHA MORTON-THOMAS ELLIOTT

MaveriX, is a major NT children’s drama series filmed in and around Alice Springs. Six young motocross riders come together to form a team, to make the national titles, or crash out trying. But the biggest win of all might be the friends they make for life.

Produced by Alice Springs based Brindle Films, MaveriX was an original idea by award winning producer/writer Rachel Clements and was inspired by her son Digby, who as the under-10 central Australian BMX champion decided to start racing dirt bikes and join the junior club championships.

Episodes 1, 2 & 3

DIFF - MaveriX

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 2pm

Directors IAN WATSON, ISAAC ELLIOTT,
GEOFF BENNETT, KELLY SCHILLING
Creators RACHEL CLEMENTS SAM MEIKLE ISAAC ELLIOTT Producers RACHEL CLEMENTS,
TRISHA MORTON-THOMAS ELLIOTT

MaveriX, is a major NT children’s drama series filmed in and around Alice Springs. Six young motocross riders come together to form a team, to make the national titles, or crash out trying. But the biggest win of all might be the friends they make for life.

Produced by Alice Springs based Brindle Films, MaveriX was an original idea by award winning producer/writer Rachel Clements and was inspired by her son Digby, who as the under-10 central Australian BMX champion decided to start racing dirt bikes and join the junior club championships.

Episodes 1, 2 & 3
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Australian Cinematographers Society NT Awards

* Tickets on sale at cinematographer.org.au *

Deckchair Cinema - 6pm

The 2022 Australian Cinematographers Society Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography, Presented by Fujinon Fujifilm and Screen Territory

The Northern Territory's finest cinematographers will be recognised at this prestigious event at Darwin's Deckchair Cinema, as part of the Australian Cinematographers Society National Awards Program. Oscar winning Guest of Honour John Seale AM ACS ASC is one of the greatest cinematographers of his generation and a legend of the Australian screen industry. A number of high-profile film industry members will be in attendance for a three-course dinner as the sun sets into the harbour.

Australian Cinematographers Society NT Awards

* Tickets on sale at cinematographer.org.au *

Deckchair Cinema - 6pm

The 2022 Australian Cinematographers Society Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography, Presented by Fujinon Fujifilm and Screen Territory

The Northern Territory's finest cinematographers will be recognised at this prestigious event at Darwin's Deckchair Cinema, as part of the Australian Cinematographers Society National Awards Program. Oscar winning Guest of Honour John Seale AM ACS ASC is one of the greatest cinematographers of his generation and a legend of the Australian screen industry. A number of high-profile film industry members will be in attendance for a three-course dinner as the sun sets into the harbour.
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DIFF - Barrumbi Kids

***WORLD PREMIERE***

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

Special Guest Q&A from 6.30pm
Screening - 7pm

Barrumbi Kids tells the story of best friends Tomias and Dahlia - two best friends growing up in a remote Northern Territory community. Through fishing, hunging and schooling, the children learn about themselves, each other and living in both Aborigianl and non-Aboriginal cultures.

The series, produced by Danielle MacLean (Mystery Road, Grace Beside Me, Little J & Big Cuz, Redfern Now) of Tamarind Tree Pictures and Monica O'Brien (Drop Dead Weird, For REAL) of Ambience Entertainment and Julia Morris (Finding Maawirrangga) is based on the popular book series by Territory author Leonie Norrington.

Guests in Attendance: Danielle Maclean, Julia Morris, Monica O'Brien, Justine Clarke, Caitlin Hordern, Nick Bonson, Scott & Revonna Hall

Additional Screening: Event Cinemas Palmerston, Sunday 25th Sept, 2.00pm

DIFF - Barrumbi Kids

***WORLD PREMIERE***

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront

Special Guest Q&A from 6.30pm
Screening - 7pm

Barrumbi Kids tells the story of best friends Tomias and Dahlia - two best friends growing up in a remote Northern Territory community. Through fishing, hunging and schooling, the children learn about themselves, each other and living in both Aborigianl and non-Aboriginal cultures.

The series, produced by Danielle MacLean (Mystery Road, Grace Beside Me, Little J & Big Cuz, Redfern Now) of Tamarind Tree Pictures and Monica O'Brien (Drop Dead Weird, For REAL) of Ambience Entertainment and Julia Morris (Finding Maawirrangga) is based on the popular book series by Territory author Leonie Norrington.

Guests in Attendance: Danielle Maclean, Julia Morris, Monica O'Brien, Justine Clarke, Caitlin Hordern, Nick Bonson, Scott & Revonna Hall

Additional Screening: Event Cinemas Palmerston, Sunday 25th Sept, 2.00pm
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DIFF - Mad Max: Fury Road - Black And Chrome

NT Premiere

Darwin Ski Club - 7pm

Special Guests Tom Thum, Ben Walsh and Shenzo Gregorio

Darwin International Film Festival and Cinemart presents the Mad Max Fury Road: Black & Chrome immersive cinema experience with a full-throttle live score by acclaimed musicians Tom Thum, Benjamin Walsh and Shenzo Gregorio.

Experience George Miller's high-octane action masterpiece in a unique immersive cinematic event like no other. The unique Black & Chrome edition transforms the blockbuster action film into
an art-house masterpiece revealing director George Miller and cinematographer John Seale’s visionary film in a new light through stripping it back to its monochrome essentials.

The screening event will include an original score performed by award-winning artists Tom Thum (beatbox, foley, sound FX), Benjamin Walsh (percussion and drums) and Shenzo Gregorio (violin, guitar, synth) for a musical re-imagining of Mad Max Fury Road, transforming the film into a mixture of live performance and blockbuster cinema experience like nothing you’ve seen or heard before.

DIFF - Mad Max: Fury Road - Black And Chrome

NT Premiere

Darwin Ski Club - 7pm

Special Guests Tom Thum, Ben Walsh and Shenzo Gregorio

Darwin International Film Festival and Cinemart presents the Mad Max Fury Road: Black & Chrome immersive cinema experience with a full-throttle live score by acclaimed musicians Tom Thum, Benjamin Walsh and Shenzo Gregorio.

Experience George Miller's high-octane action masterpiece in a unique immersive cinematic event like no other. The unique Black & Chrome edition transforms the blockbuster action film into
an art-house masterpiece revealing director George Miller and cinematographer John Seale’s visionary film in a new light through stripping it back to its monochrome essentials.

The screening event will include an original score performed by award-winning artists Tom Thum (beatbox, foley, sound FX), Benjamin Walsh (percussion and drums) and Shenzo Gregorio (violin, guitar, synth) for a musical re-imagining of Mad Max Fury Road, transforming the film into a mixture of live performance and blockbuster cinema experience like nothing you’ve seen or heard before.
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DIFF - Moulin Rouge!

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.25pm

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

DIFF - Moulin Rouge!

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 8.25pm

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.
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Sunday 25 Septmber

DIFF - Barrumbi Kids - Palmerston Screening

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 2pm

Barrumbi Kids tells the story of best friends Tomias and Dahlia - two best friends growing up in a remote Northern Territory community. Through fishing, hunting and schooling, the children learn about themselves, each other and living in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures.

The series, produced by Danielle MacLean (Mystery Road, Grace Beside Me, Little J & Big Cuz, Redfern Now) of Tamarind Tree Pictures and Monica O'Brien (Drop Dead Weird, For REAL) of Ambience Entertainment and Julia Morris (Finding Maawirrangga) is based on the popular book series by Territory author Leonie Norrington.

Guests in Attendance: Danielle Maclean, Julia Morris, Monica O'Brien, Justine Clarke, Caitlin Hordern, Nick Bonson, Scott & Revonna Hall

*Also screening at the Sundown Screen at the Darwin Waterfront on Saturday 24th at 6.30pm

DIFF - Barrumbi Kids - Palmerston Screening

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 2pm

Barrumbi Kids tells the story of best friends Tomias and Dahlia - two best friends growing up in a remote Northern Territory community. Through fishing, hunting and schooling, the children learn about themselves, each other and living in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures.

The series, produced by Danielle MacLean (Mystery Road, Grace Beside Me, Little J & Big Cuz, Redfern Now) of Tamarind Tree Pictures and Monica O'Brien (Drop Dead Weird, For REAL) of Ambience Entertainment and Julia Morris (Finding Maawirrangga) is based on the popular book series by Territory author Leonie Norrington.

Guests in Attendance: Danielle Maclean, Julia Morris, Monica O'Brien, Justine Clarke, Caitlin Hordern, Nick Bonson, Scott & Revonna Hall

*Also screening at the Sundown Screen at the Darwin Waterfront on Saturday 24th at 6.30pm
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DIFF - Three Thousand Years of Longing

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 4pm

With special guest
JOHN SEALE AM ACS ASC

A special festival presentation in Partnership with the Australian Cinematographers Society Northern Territory – presented by Oscar winning Guest of Honour John Seale AM ACS ASC.

A scholar, content with life, encounters a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul, leads to consequences neither would have expected.

DIFF - Three Thousand Years of Longing

Event Cinemas Palmerston - 4pm

With special guest
JOHN SEALE AM ACS ASC

A special festival presentation in Partnership with the Australian Cinematographers Society Northern Territory – presented by Oscar winning Guest of Honour John Seale AM ACS ASC.

A scholar, content with life, encounters a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul, leads to consequences neither would have expected.
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DIFF - Audrey Napanangka

*NT PREMIERE*

Deckchair Cinema 7pm - DIFF Closing Night 2022

An intimate portrait of artist, actor and proud Warlpiri woman, Audrey Napanangka. Filmed over ten years, Audrey charts her challenges living within traditional ways and the modern world as she and her Sicillian partner Santo work to keep the children they’ve been bringing up together.
Prolific Australian producer Penelope McDonald returns to the director’s chair after 33 years to bring us this true collaboration between filmmaker and subject, allowing us to witness the richness and complexity of Australian First Nations peoples lives today. Filmed in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Audrey’s Warlpiri homelands.

DIFF - Audrey Napanangka

*NT PREMIERE*

Deckchair Cinema 7pm - DIFF Closing Night 2022

An intimate portrait of artist, actor and proud Warlpiri woman, Audrey Napanangka. Filmed over ten years, Audrey charts her challenges living within traditional ways and the modern world as she and her Sicillian partner Santo work to keep the children they’ve been bringing up together.
Prolific Australian producer Penelope McDonald returns to the director’s chair after 33 years to bring us this true collaboration between filmmaker and subject, allowing us to witness the richness and complexity of Australian First Nations peoples lives today. Filmed in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Audrey’s Warlpiri homelands.
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DIFF - Walkabout

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

Sundown Screen Closing Night 2022

This was the first time we got to see David Gulpilil on screen. This screening celebrates both 50 years for Walkabout and five decades of prolific acting from this celebrated, multi-award winning Yolngu man.

Under the pretence of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon, Crocodile Dundee) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter, The Avengers) and 6-year-old son (Lucien John, We Need To Talk About Kevin) into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy (David Gulpilil, Storm Boy) who helps them survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

DIFF - Walkabout

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 7pm

Sundown Screen Closing Night 2022

This was the first time we got to see David Gulpilil on screen. This screening celebrates both 50 years for Walkabout and five decades of prolific acting from this celebrated, multi-award winning Yolngu man.

Under the pretence of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon, Crocodile Dundee) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter, The Avengers) and 6-year-old son (Lucien John, We Need To Talk About Kevin) into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy (David Gulpilil, Storm Boy) who helps them survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.
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DIFF - Death in Brunswick

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9pm

A riotous rollercoaster of murder and mayhem set in multicultural inner Melbourne, this hit Australian comedy-thriller stars Sam Neill as Carl, a fortyish no-hoper whose takes a job as a cook in a seedy nightclub to escape his cantankerous mother. A flirtation with fetching barmaid Sophie (Zoe Carides) - who is engaged to the nightclub owner - lands Carl on the wrong side of a viscious bouncer but when attacked by his drug-dealing Turkish kitchenhand, Carl inflicts a grievous form of self-defence that sparks a deepening gangland feud. Best mate Dave (John Clarke) is soon employed as Carl's protector - and gravedigger - as a band of cutthroats block Carl's path to his bartending sweetheart.

DIFF - Death in Brunswick

SUNDOWN SCREEN, Darwin Waterfront - 9pm

A riotous rollercoaster of murder and mayhem set in multicultural inner Melbourne, this hit Australian comedy-thriller stars Sam Neill as Carl, a fortyish no-hoper whose takes a job as a cook in a seedy nightclub to escape his cantankerous mother. A flirtation with fetching barmaid Sophie (Zoe Carides) - who is engaged to the nightclub owner - lands Carl on the wrong side of a viscious bouncer but when attacked by his drug-dealing Turkish kitchenhand, Carl inflicts a grievous form of self-defence that sparks a deepening gangland feud. Best mate Dave (John Clarke) is soon employed as Carl's protector - and gravedigger - as a band of cutthroats block Carl's path to his bartending sweetheart.
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