Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2022

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There’s nothing quite like a true story, whether it’s a wild, chaotic, so-strange-it-can-only-be-true kind of tale or an informative, eye-opening yarn. That’s Antenna Documentary Film Festival’s cinematic bread and butter, with the Sydney-based event rolling out a new lineup of factual flicks for ten fests now — and it’s celebrating hitting that big milestone with an impressive 2022 program.

When the festival returns from Wednesday, February 2–Sunday, February 13 — hitting up Dendy Newtown, Palace Chauvel, Palace Verona, MCA Australia and Powerhouse Museum — it’ll do so with a lineup of 50 features and shorts, as well as a day-long industry chat about the medium. The big highlight is all those feature-length docos, of course, including the 13 movies in the fest’s official competition.

Among the titles competing for the event’s $10,000 prize, Charm Circle serves up a portrait of eccentric New York family navigating and has been likened to Grey Gardens — and also opens the festival. In terms of other competition standouts, it’s joined by homegrown effort The Lake of Scars, which heads to regional Victoria; Courage, which explores the protests against the 2020 Belarus presidential election; and The Bubble, which ventures to a Florida retirement home with 155,000 retirees, 54 golf courses and 70 swimming pools.

Or, elsewhere throughout the program, Jagged dives into Alanis Morissette’s career; The Real Charlie Chaplin uses audio recordings, reconstructions and personal archival materials to traces Charlie Chaplin’s Hollywood stardom; Sisters with Transistors celebrates pioneering women in the electronic music scene; and The Most Beautiful Boy in the World unfurls the story of Death in Venice actor Björn Andrésen, who earned that nickname as a the 15 year old. Yes, it’s a great year for docos about the entertainment industry.

Plus, you can see Sundance award-winner All Light, Everywhere, which examines the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice; The Gig Is Up, which ponders the gig economy; and the Cannes-awarded A Night of Knowing Nothing, which contemplates university student life in India.

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