MDFF shows why Punks and Renegades are needed

Pictured: Eternal Spring (dir. Jason Loftus)

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival proudly presents its seventh Edition, Punks, Rebels, Mavericks and Renegades Documentary Film Festival.

Running from the 1 - 31 July 2022 online and the 21 - 31 July 2022 In-Cinema at Cinema Nova in Carlton, the festival is running as part of Melbourne Documentary Month.

The festival showcases the very best documentaries from festivals like: Venice, SXSW, CPHDOX, Doxa, Hot Docs, Tribecca, Freep Film Festival, Telluride, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival!

The Documentary month comprises of 120 + Documentaries, Web Series, VR and Shorts, 7 World Premieres, 6 Asia / Pacific Premieres, 20 Australian Premieres, 10 Victorian Premieres, 4 Digital Australian Premieres.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is proud to showcase an incredible 24 Australian Feature Length Documentaries, in competition.

Opening Night Film is:

Angel (dir. Charlotte White)

· Run times: 11.33 mins

This intimate, in-depth look at India Angel’s songwriting process and celebrated debut single Move On, reveals the emotional and vulnerable road from pen and paper to commercial success.

Note: The session will have no introductions but will conclude with a 20-minute Q&A session with the directors after the film.

Making Wonder (dir. Camden Casey)

· Run times: 37.15 mins

Making Wonder follows Melbourne based singer/songwriter Stephen Grady into the studio at the start of the 2020 pandemic. Grady attempts to record his latest full length album, Wonder, in just 3 days

Note: The session will have no introductions but will conclude with a 20-minute Q&A session with the director/s after the film.

PATOU: In Black in White (dir. Fiona Cochrane)

With a career that spans over four decades and across the globe, Jamaican singer Pat Powell (Patou) is one of Australia’s most accomplished yet hidden vocal talents. He is the artist that everyone wants to work with – the singer’s singer who sings with 15 bands, including the ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Born in the UK to Jamaican parents, Pat left the racism of the UK as soon as he could, although ‘stupidly’ found his way to Australia with its own racism issues. Father to four children from different mothers with varying ethnic backgrounds, Pat’s children all identify differently and raise a discussion about racism and where identity comes from.

· Run times: 55 mins

Closing Night:

Cuba My Soul (dir. Craig Miller)

· Run times 1 hour 5 mins

Some twenty years after The Buena Vista Social Club, traditional Cuban music lives on, but it's facing a threat from foreign styles and a disinterested youth. We interviewed many of Cuba's best and legendary artists and explored Cuban music, past and present. We invited several of our artists to perform in a live concert which delivered virtuoso performances and a brilliant and captivating soundtrack.

Watch the trailer here

Note: The session will include: 10 minute intro (awards) 20 minute Q&A and intimate photographs of that time in 1968.

Cuba My Soul (dir. Craig Miller)


Masterclasses will be running online this year via Zoom and will be hosted by Chris Pankhurst of Documentary Life.

The Masterclasses are free to attend by registering at

· 30th July 2022 @ 9am Focus on Drone Filmmaking for Documentary Filmmakers with Brett Hunter from Gizmo Drones.

· 30th July 2022 @ 10am Introduction to Documentary Photography with Walkley winner Barat Ali Batoor.

· 31st July 2022 Music Documentaries with Penelope Spheeris.

· 31st July 2022 Documentary Open Mic - A review of rough cuts, trailers and feedback on short documentary - Helen Gaynor, Andrew Garton, Heather Mcintosh.

Additional Events:

· On 20th July 2022 @ 6.30pm there will be an Advance screening of Eternal Spring at Cinema Nova.

· On 25th July 2022 @ 6.30pm Docs in Federation Square - Cats of Malta will play in Federation Square for free along with Rob Layton’s Short Documentary - Beneath the Lonesome Skye!

· Every Wednesday in Warrnambool, we are screening an Australian documentary in conjunction with the F Project!

· Our charity documentary this year is Abby’s List: a Dogumentary and will be online and nationwide across Australia from 1st - 31st July 2022. All proceeds are donated to the Lost Dogs Foundation of Melbourne.

See the full list of events for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on their website here!