After a great opening weekend, we’ve filled the next seven days with some of the most talked-about and award-winning documentaries from around the world, plus there are more talk events and Q&As with an inspiring line-up of local and international filmmakers. Read on for the next few days’ highlights and book on-line to avoid disappointment to some of the fast-selling screenings.

7:00pm Mon 7 Feb, Palace Chauvel | 2:00 pm Sun 13 Feb, Palace Chauvel

Gorbachev. Heaven finds acclaimed director Vitaly Mansky at home with a man who helped to shape the 20th-century: Mikhail Gorbachev. In an intimate setting, he gives his view of Russia then and now. History will judge Gorbachev, but here he presents his own, final testimony.

An exclusive interview with director Vitaly Mansky will follow the Monday, 7 February screening.

7:00pm Mon 7 Feb, Palace Verona

In 1968 Brazil’s military rulers enacted a law allowing the arrest of “suspects” without any form of legal process, which led to the arrest of 26-year-old singer Caetano Veloso. He spent several months in isolation, not knowing whether he would ever see the light of day again. Today, the legendary musician talks about the experience, in this captivating film about freedom, art and oppression under a dictatorship.

7:00pm Tue 8 Feb, Palace Chauvel
8:30pm Sat 12 Feb, Palace Verona


Vedette is a cow. Vedette is a queen. In fact, she once was the queen of
the queens, high in the pastures in the heart of the Swiss Alps. But Vedette is getting old and what does it do to a female when she’s discounted because of her age?
An exclusive interview with directors Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard will follow the Tuesday 8 February screening.


6:30pm Tue 8 Feb, Palace Verona
Filmed over 20 years, Meet the Wallers is a remarkable peek through the keyhole into family life, and a meditation on art, mortality, philanthropy and happiness. Director Jim Stevens and Nicole and Mark Waller, the subjects of the film, will participate in an in-person Q&A following the screening.

7:00pm Wed 9 Feb Palace Chauvel     
 5:30pm Sun 13 Feb Dendy Newtown 

Miguel, a sensitive but self-destructive Lebanese gay man, is haunted by the oppressions of his youth. Living an openly gay existence in post-Franco Madrid, his life resembled one long Almodóvarian orgy. But after 30 years he’s finally ready to return to Lebanon and confront the ghosts of his past.


6:30pm Tue 8 Feb, Palace Verona
During the contested 2020 Belarus presidential election, members of an underground theatre are caught up in the mass protests disputing the legitimacy of the results. Courageaccompanies the brave trio through it all, offering a personal insight into the Belarus of today.

7:00pm Wed 9 Feb Palace Verona        
With humour, grit and grace, Dirty Feathers captures the daily lives of the homeless community on the US-Mexican border. Blending a beautiful score, poetic sound design and stark black-and-white images, it offers a lyrical, moving and very honest account of life on the streets.

7:00pm, Chauvel Cinema, Thu 10 Feb 
Narrated by Laurie Anderson, Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.


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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.