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Like journalists, documentary filmmakers are increasingly having to compete with the dictatorial purveyors of "alternative facts." Worse, it's happening at the very moment when adept deployers of social media technologies can promulgate blatant untruths with viral ease. Spin doctors emerged in the 1990s and then, a decade ago, satirist Stephen Colbert outed gut-feeling, evidence and logic-free "truthiness," which has now come totally into its own. Outright lies and glaring contradictions are served up without even the gloss of spin. So it's timely for the 2017 Australian International Documentary Conference to address the challenges for the documentarian in a "post-truth" world and, at the same time, assay the—at first glance unlikely—potentials of gaming and VR technologies for generating honest, immersive, interactive engagements with eras, cultures and ideas. Keith & Virginia
AIDC: DOCUMENTARY IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD
Dan Edwards interviews Australian International Documentary Conference Director Andrew Wiseman about this year's event, which includes Australian VR luminaries Lynette Wallworth and Oscar Raby in conversation with leading US innovator Navid Khonsari.
AIDC 2017: TRANSCENDING THE NEWS CYCLE
Dan Edwards takes a close look at the Guardian Documentaries featured at AIDC and the role of Head of Documentaries, Charlie Phillips, in developing more complex screen works.
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: A WORK OF ART
Previewing Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy’s 2017 program, Keith Gallasch is taken with a strand of productions, epic and intimate, that portray intense states of being with an exciting array of theatrical means.
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: PRESENCE AND STRENGTH
Two Adelaide-based companies, Restless Dance Theatre and Gravity and Other Myths, will make their Adelaide Festival debuts this year in Artistic Co-directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy’s first of three programs, writes Ben Brooker.
GIVEAWAY: TAO DANCE THEATER
Win a double pass to the opening night of the remarkable TAO Dance Theater's '6' and '8' in Melbourne's Asia TOPA, a celebration of Australia's connections with contemporary Asia.
BAD VIDEO, POOR PERFORMANCE
Riled by the inadequacies of works on show in a Nam June Paik retrospective in Tokyo, Philip Brophy is compelled to reassess the artist's status as the godfather of video art.
A BARBARIAN'S RIGHT TO DIFFERENCE
In Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong, New Zealand writer-performer Jo Randerson reclaims her Viking heritage as a proud member of the Bastardos clan and seeker of justice, writes Renée Newman.
From the erosion of land art to the rise of fake art in the US, stay in the loop with what RealTime editors are reading about this week.
GIVEAWAY: TANNA DVD
This Australian-Vanuatuan film, one of the loveliest, most underseen films of recent years, is a nominee for Most Outstanding Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars.
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gideon obarzanek: after glow
keith gallasch, chunky move’s gideon obarzanek, rt81
garry stewart: dance evolution in the age of robotics
erin brannigan, adt's devolution, rt71
lucy guerin: between temperature & temperament
jonathan marshall, rt52
rosalind crisp: a european future
erin brannigan, rt48
helen herbertson: the place where things slip
philipa rothfield, delirium, rt36
tess de quincey & stuart lynch: dancing the city
keith gallasch, compression 100, de quincey lynch, rt11
1979 Revolution, Navid Khonsari, AIDC 2017