“Frackman,” “Gayby Baby” selected for Good Pitch Australia

International fundraising forum Good Pitch has selected seven documentary projects, including That Sugar Film, Frackman and The Opposition, to participate in this year's inaugural Australian event.
May 9, 2014

International documentary fundraising forum Good Pitch has selected seven documentaries to participate in this year’s Good Pitch² event in Sydney, the first of its kind of Australia.

The previously announced October 8 event at the Sydney Opera House is the latest satellite version of the Britdoc and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program-helmed fundraising forum, which focuses on social impact docs and had its first international event in 2009.

The event – hosted by the Shark Island Institute and the Documentary Australia Foundation - will unite the seven selected filmmakers with foundations, not-for-profit groups, campaigners, philanthropists, policy-makers and others.

The Australian documentaries selected include Sophie Wiesner’s Call Me Dad, on men who have perpetrated or are at risk of perpetrating family violence; Belinda Mason’s Constance on The Edge, in which a Sudanese refugee attempts to transform her rural town of Wagga Wagga; Richard Todd’s Frackman, in which an activist explores the modern-day multinational gold rush in Australia; and Charlotte Mars’s Gayby Baby, which sees four children with gay and lesbian parents sharing their stories.

Also set for the forum is Hollie Fifer’s The Opposition, in which a group of Papa New Guineans must avoid getting evicted to an industrial waste site; Damon Gameau’s That Sugar Film, on the prominence of sugar in our diet and culture; and Aaron Petersen’s Zach’s Ceremony, which follows a city-raised boy as he reconnects with his indigenous roots.

“Australia has got all the ingredients for a great Good Pitch,” said Beadie Finzi, director of the Good Pitch program for the Britdoc Foundation, in a statement. “A tremendous hub of creative documentary filmmakers and a community bristling with independence and determination to get films made and seen nationally and internationally.”

Malinda Wink, executive director of Good Pitch² Australia, added: “The selection process required much debate and careful consideration from our local and international selectors… Our goal was not only to find and support outstanding films, but to select a diversity of subject matter with a view to craft a national conversation within the inaugural Good Pitch² Australia event.”

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