Choreography, cops make beautiful docos

POWER OF DANCE: Follow the journeys of eight New Zealand dancers who retrace their steps in the documentary Virtuosi.
POWER OF DANCE: Follow the journeys of eight New Zealand dancers who retrace their steps in the documentary Virtuosi. Contributed

Title: Virtuosi

 

Director: Sue Healey

Rated: PG

Verdict:

Virtuosi is an outstanding documentary by filmmaker, dancer and choreographer Sue Healey. A highlight of the film is the beautiful cinematography of Judd Overton and the superb music and soundscape scored by jazz composer Mike Nock.

This dance doco features performances by eight New Zealand dancers who have each established international careers. In various settings chosen by the dancers, the film traces a captivating series of highly innovative creations. Each dancer reflects on their journeys from their homeland, on their passion as artists, and on what they bring from their roots.

The film features some stunning dance improvisations including Sarah-Jayne Howard dancing on a dusty outback road, Claire O'Neil and Raewyn Hill's beautiful underwater dances, Mark Baldwin on the streets of London and Berlin, and Craig Bary on a rocky seashore.

Virtuosi is a brilliant construction, both in the enacted commentaries of the dancers, and in the superb blend of music and movement. A must-see.

Virtuosi will screen with New Year Interlude (Ukraine) and Sur La Ligne (Canada) in the final screening from the Byron Bay Film Festival at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore tomorrow at 7.30pm.

 

 

TOUGH ROLE: Indian police officer Kiran Bedi is the extraordinary subject of the film Yes Madam, Sir.
TOUGH ROLE: Indian police officer Kiran Bedi is the extraordinary subject of the film Yes Madam, Sir.

 

Title: Yes Madam, Sir

Director: Megan Doneman

Rated: PG

Verdict:

This is the story of an extraordinary woman, but it's also a story, or an indictment, of governance in India. It is an incredibly moving tale about the determination of one woman facing a powerfully entrenched closed shop of corruption, cronyism, sexism and nepotism. Against all odds, Kiran Bedi became a senior police officer based in Delhi. Even her family background belies the difficulties for women in India as her parents were cut off from their relations because of their priority to educate their four daughters.

At every stage of her highly publicised career, Bedi was set up to fail, or she was burdened with trumped up charges by the senior "boys club".

Critically, in all her various appointments she was a reformer who relentlessly fought against archaic systems and age-old corruption.

This well-constructed doco is directed and written by Megan Doneman and narrated by Helen Mirren.

Yes Madam, Sir will be screened at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore on Sunday at 5.30pm.


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