Australia’s DocWeek to launch with Pennebaker-Hegedus retrospective

Next year, the Australian International Documentary Conference will expand into Documentary Week, a week-long festival that will feature public screenings and a look back at the work of directing duo D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (pictured).
September 26, 2012

Australia has a new documentary festival.

Organizers of the Australian International Documentary Conference are expanding the annual event into Documentary Week (or DocWeek), a public event featuring screenings of new and classic docs, a competition strand for new talent, artist conversations, master classes and a retrospective on the work of filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

DocWeek will take place in Adelaide, South Australia, and umbrella the industry conference in 2013, 2014, and 2015 in partnership with the Adelaide Festival. The inaugural event will take place February 25-March 3 of next year, concurrently to the industry conference, which runs February 25-28.

Highlights from the 2013 DocWeek program include a retrospective of the works of filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, the American husband-wife documentary duo behind more than 20 feature docs. The directors will also participate in a conversation with Sydney-based journalist Elisabeth Wynhausen on February 28.

There will also be a free screening program celebrating 100 years of Australian documentaries curated and presented in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive.

On the industry side, the AIDC will include a special focus on factual filmmaking during its Market Place for buyers and sellers of documentary, factual entertainment, scripted and non-scripted reality content.

“This expansion of our program will complement the conference and allow the general public to engage and immerse themselves in the world of documentary,” Joost den Hartog, the AIDC’s director, said in a statement. “As AIDC continues to grow we have had great demand from the public to develop a documentary screening program. We are very excited about this new event. Bringing industry and [the] general public together has proven to be a success formula around the world.”

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