Aussies to star in Berlin
documentaries, a miniseries and a group of indigenous films will give Australia a strong presence at next month’s Berlin International Film Festival. The documentaries Make Hummus Not War and Red Obsession have been chosen as part of Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema program, which presents films dedicated to food, pleasure and the environment. Red Obsession, directed by David Roach and Warwick Ross, looks at the new relationship between the famous chateaux of the Bordeaux vineyards and the new and affluent wine collectors in China. Make Hummus Not War, directed by Trevor Graham, documents a conflict waged passionately in the kitchens of the Middle East over chickpeas. Jane Campion’s miniseries Top of the Lake screens as part of the special program after its recent international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Three indigenous features and four short films show as part of the festival’s inaugural NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema. The features are Ivan Sen’s Beneath Clouds (pictured, Dannielle Hall and Damian Pitt), Warwick Thornton’s Samson & Delilah and Ten Canoes, written and directed by Rolf de Heer. Australian feature films The Rocket and Satellite Boy screen in the Generation section.