Documentary Success

A father and his son Still from Hollie Fifer's 'The Opposition'

May 8 2014

Recent AFTRS graduates Hollie Fifer and Sophie Wiesner (Documentary, 2012) have had their feature documentary projects selected for the inaugural Good Pitch² Australia 2014.  Good Pitch² is the international documentary forum devised by BRITDOC and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and has been brought to Australia in 2014 for the first time by Ian Darling’s Shark Island Institute in partnership with Documentary Australia Foundation.

Sophie's Call Me Dad, produced by AFTRS lecturer and alumnus Madeleine Hetherton (Documentary, 2003) and Hollie's The Opposition, produced by AFTRS alumnus Rebecca Barry (Documentary, 2002), along with five other documentary projects projects have been chosen to present at the Sydney Opera House on October 8 this year...

Call Me Dad
- Director: Sophie Wiesner, Producer: Madeleine Hetherton
A story about men who have perpetrated or are at risk of perpetrating family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability of families, and the power we as a society have to intervene. These men have problems expressing anger, and other strong emotions, without resorting to abuse, verbal or physical. We follow these men as they attempt to change and heal their most precious relationships.

The Opposition
- Director: Hollie Fifer, Producer: Rebecca Barry
In a David-and-Goliath battle over land in Papua New Guinea, Joe Moses, leader of the Paga Hill Settlement, must save his 3,000 people before they are evicted to an industrial waste site. Battling it out in the courts - Joe may find his community replaced with an international five star hotel and marina developed by an Australian run company.

Visit Good Pitch² Australia's website for more information > 

On top of this, The Opposition was also selected for financing by Screen Australia's prestigious Signature feature documentary fund 4 weeks ago and Call Me Dad has been commissioned by ABC TV for a one hour version.

Exciting times ahead for Sophie and Hollie.  Congratulations to you both!

Image source: The Opposition's Facebook page

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