Antenna is excited to launch a new program of screenings and events, bringing the cutting edge programming of the festival to Australian audiences all year-round.
The program will showcase festival favourites and documentary hits, as well as premieres of some of the year’s best documentaries. In addition to the screenings, filmmakers will be in attendance (in-person and via Skype) for post-screening Q&As and discussions.
The new program will be launched on Friday 9 March 2018 at Events Cinema with a special screening of Kitty Green’s Sundance smash hit documentary Casting JonBenet. The screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with the director Kitty Green, who will be in attendance – and will be moderated by ABC film-critic Jason Di Rosso.
Casting JonBenet (Australia, USA | 2017 | 80min)
Winner of AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, Casting JonBenet, is a sly and stylised exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the still-unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey.
After twenty years of media speculation and public hysteria, Casting JonBenet presents audiences with a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking that examines the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet. Director Kitty Green uses a local casting call to voice her film, pulling together a collection of aspiring thespians from Ramsey’s own Colorado neighbourhood to retell the myriad theories surrounding the case. Allowing her protagonists space for personal reflection and performance, Green builds an engrossing exploration of how we construct our own versions of truth to process trauma.
★★★★★ “magnificent provocation to the very notion of truth” – Guardian
Extended Q&A with Director Kitty Green
Kitty Green is internationally-renowned Australian filmmaker, who’s debut documentary Ukraine is not a Brothel premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, screened at over 50 film festivals internationally and won the 2014 AACTA award for Best Australian Feature Documentary. In 2015, her documentary short, ’The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded the jury prize for best short documentary. Kitty’s latest feature, ‘Casting JonBenet’ was acquired by Netflix as a Netflix Original before its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and was awarded the 2017 AACTA award for Best Australian Feature Documentary – making Kitty the first two-time award-winner in the category since the inaugural AACTAs in 2011.
The screening of Casting JonBenet is presented in partnership with the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).
To watch the trailer and buy tickets click here.