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2040In 2018/19, 11 feature documentaries released at the Australian box office. Of those 10 received production funding and five had development support (four titles received both).
Notable releases include 2040 by Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film), which put a hopeful spin on climate action for the future. It premiered at Berlin International Film Festival ahead of an Australian release in May 2019 through Madman Films. As at 14 August 2019, it had already earned $1.37 million at the local box office1 and become the all-time 6th highest-grossing Australian documentary at the cinema.
Two feature documentaries that premiered at Tribeca 2019 and went on to be selected for Sydney Film Festival (SFF) were the Michael Hutchence documentary Mystify from Richard Lowenstein, and Selina Miles’ Martha: A Picture Story which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SFF.
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At the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards, ABC TV series Employable Me won the 2019 United Nations Department of Public Information Gold Award and Gold World Medal for Documentary.