Friday, July 1, 2022

Castlemaine Documentary Festival

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Claire Jager, Castlemaine Documentary Festival Director, Tarrangower Times

The 2022 Castlemaine Documentary Festival is from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July at the iconic Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on Dja Dja Wurrung country.

This year’s Realise The Possible celebrates the connection between filmmakers, films and audiences and the lure of documentary storytelling with a diverse line-up of eight outstanding documentaries, stimulating panel discussions and parties.

The program includes three Australian Premieres – Letters from Baghdad, Rebellion and I am Samuel, as well as a Victorian Premiere Television Event.

LOCALS on Friday 1 July is the opening night showcasing the amazing array of regional local filmmaking talent. “This is a great way to dip in and discover some of the things that inspire and energise our locals”, says Claire Jager Festival Director. “We hope everyone will be as surprised as we were! And we hope everyone will come and join us – as well as vote for the LOCALS Audience Favourite Award”.

Saturday 2 July is Rumba Night with the exhilarating The Rumba Kings followed by dancing with live band La Rumba.

The Rumba Kings is a joyous exploration of the liberating power of music. It’s not only a musical ride but also an emotional experience about how music can break barriers, heal wounds, and bring hope. Congo’s real treasure does not lie underground!

Over the weekend, you won’t have far to go for your sustenance between the films – The Stone Soup Kitchen (Castlemaine Community Garden & Kitchen) will be in the Theatre Royal Courtyard providing hearty soups and good bread to festival–goers and it’s open to all-comers.

Tickets for the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival are on sale now with online and in-cinema choices.

For full program details and online purchases, visit

Tarrangower Times 24 June 2022

This article appeared in the Tarrangower Times, 24 June 2022.



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