The 12th Antenna Documentary Film Festival takes place in cinemas across Sydney 9–19 February 2024. Over the course of 11 days Antenna will once again celebrate the best in documentary cinema from the past year, with 52 of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from Australia and around the world.
Opening the festival is The Gullspång Miracle, which won an award at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival, and focuses on a family unexpectedly brought back together via the purchase of an apartment. If you need an example to demonstrate how fact is always stranger and wilder than fiction, Antenna is kicking off with exactly that.
While the bulk of the event's screenings will take place at Dendy Newtown and the Ritz in Randwick, the festival is making a trip to the Sydney Opera House for another of 2024's big standouts. Ryuichi Sakamoto|Opus covers the final recorded concert by the late, great The Revenant composer, who passed away in March 2023, and will screen in Antenna's closing slot.
Other on-screen highlights include the Oscar-shortlisted 20 Days in Mariupol, with journalists Mystlav Chernov, Vasilisa Stepanenko and Evgeniy Maloletka in the Ukrainian city immediately after Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation"; Thank You Very Much, about comedian Andy Kaufman; and A Still Small Voice, hailing from Midnight Family director Luke Lorentzen and following a chaplain-in-training at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital.
Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2024 runs from Friday, February 9–Monday, February 19 at Dendy Newtown, the Ritz in Randwick, State Library of NSW and Sydney Opera House. For more information and to buy tickets, head to the festival's website.