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Stronger Than Fiction - Documentary Film Festival

Wednesday, July 31 until Sunday, August 18

Stronger Than Fiction brings you the latest and greatest documentary features from around the world.We passionately believe that documentary cinema is one of the best ways to share new ideas and the films we select combine insights about the world with innovative storytelling and brilliant cinematic craft. The world’s best doco filmmakers spend years following stories that will move and surprise you. The best documentaries are indeed stronger than fiction.

This year, we have films from every continent, loads of great Q&As, gala events, and two brilliant directors as special guests, as well as a range of special offers for Stronger Than Fiction ticket holders.

Multi-ticket passes available at Dendy Box Office

Encore screenings of the 10 most popular Stronger than Fiction films will be announced on August 5. 

For more information, click here.

Ticket Prices

Adult $19.50
Concession $16.00
Senior $13.50
Club Adult $15.50
Club Student $12.00
Club Senior $9.00

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Advocate

MA15+ Documentary

Lea Tsemel defies convention at every turn. The legendary and controversial Israeli human rights lawyer has devoted her life to the battle for Palestinian rights. This real-life legal drama is also an intimate portrait of an astonishing woman.

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Anthropocene

MA15+ Documentary

From lithium lakes in Chile to the flooded streets of Venice and psychedelic potash mines in Russia, Anthropocene travels the globe, using breathtaking cinematography to track the impact of humans on the planet. Narrated by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

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Dive: Rituals in Water

G Documentary

Three female directors explore the sensory world of newborns in this delightful depiction of an unconventional infant swim class. “Baby whisperer” Snorri Magnusson has pushed the boundaries of what we believe tiny humans are capable of, and his students love every second.

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Honeyland

G Documentary

Honeyland follows one woman’s struggle to save her beloved wild bees in remote North Macedonia. This gorgeously-shot documentary is already a strong Oscars contender.

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In My Blood It Runs

PG Documentary

A striking insight into the world of 10-year old Dujuan, an Arrernte/Garrwa boy living in Alice Springs. “Gayby Baby” director Maya Newell allows Dujuan and his family to tell their own story as they struggle to keep Dujuan from becoming a statistic.

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Midnight Family

MA15+ Documentary

Race through the sprawling streets of Mexico City with the kind-hearted Ochoa family, who operate a private ambulance service in a highly cut-throat and competitive climate.

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Midnight Traveler

MA15+ Documentary

When the Taliban put a price on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his filmmaker wife and their two young daughters. Using smartphones, the family chronicle their 5000 kilometres, three year journey in search of safety.

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One Child Nation

MA15+ Documentary

Director Nanfu Wang is a member of the One Child Generation. After becoming a mother herself, she travels back to China to uncover the untold history of the policy, breaking open decades of silence.

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Sea Of Shadows

MA15+ Documentary

This fast paced eco-thriller takes us aboard the Sea Shepherd, as they race to save the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise from extinction in a black market controlled by Mexican cartels.

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Shooting The Mafia

MA15+ Documentary

A journey through the life, loves and artwork of Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, who challenged the ruthless Sicilian Mafia with her fearless photographs.

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Talking About Trees

MA15+ Documentary

A ragtag gang of veteran Sudanese filmmakers fight to bring cinema back to the people after years of government repression.

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The Biggest Little Farm

PG Documentary

With a host of loveable animal characters, this family-friendly film follows the inspiring story of one couple’s attempt to live in harmony with nature against all odds.

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The Magic Life Of V

MA15+ Documentary

A young woman finds the courage to face her past through the strange and magical world of Live Action Roleplaying.