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The Arts

Documentaries help highlight the value and diversity of The Arts within culture and society.

Throughout history, The Arts have been used as a means of reflecting, critiquing, and influencing society. In ancient civilisations, art was often used to depict societal hierarchies, religious beliefs, and cultural practices. 

In the 20th century, The Arts became increasingly intertwined with social and political movements with artists and cultural figures playing crucial roles in advocating for civil rights, feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, and other social justice causes. 

In recent times, the social impact of The Arts has expanded and diversified further with artists engaging with a wide range of social and political issues, including environmental sustainability, racial inequality, mental health, globalisation, and technological advancements. They employ various mediums including visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, film, and digital media to communicate their messages and engage audiences. 

Documentaries help highlight the value and diversity of The Arts within culture and society. As an art form themselves, documentaries show how The Arts allow audiences to engage with different perspectives and experiences, and allow for social commentary, self-expression, and personal development. Artists and cultural organisations work closely with communities to address local concerns and promote social change. They create platforms for dialogue, challenge perception, raise awareness, and empower individuals and communities to take action. Documentaries about these creative expressions elevate and expands the reach and depth of understanding of their messages.  

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Nel Minchin

Diva - The Nellie Melba Story is an intimate documentary revealing what it takes to build a blazing career in opera.

Zel Iscel

Sick of being misrepresented, blind creatives strive to be seen and heard in a world that keeps them hidden and mute.

Sara Edwards

Aussie heartthrobs Lime Cordiale are fighting for a future where music and sustainability can harmonise.

Mark Hartley

The wild, untold story of live 'n' loud Oz Rock!

Liz Cattermole

Showcasing the life of Melbourne guitarist Steve Connolly who, along with The Coloured Girls/Messengers, backed Paul Kelly from 1984 – 1992 and whose subtle signature sound elevated Paul's music to early success.

PTSD Love Stories

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Arun Ketsirat

Who cares for the Carers?

Cath Murphy

Six short animated documentarie about socially sanctioned abuse by those who were supposed to be protecting them.

Pauline Clague

Molly unearths the secrets of her famous Colleano family, Aboriginal royalty in the circus world of a bygone era.