Doc Talk Auckland

All Doc Talk sessions are held over the two festival weekends at Q Theatre Vault It will be well signposted and if you need a quick pointer, please enquire at the Festival Hub at Q Theatre foyer.  

It is free and open to all public.  Seats are limited and are on first come basis.

Saturday 21 May 2016


Film Screening Doc Talk

There are two screenings for each following films in Auckland, which the directors will attend Doc Talk.

Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story
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The Pistol Shrimps 
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Loving in Limbo
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Directors Up Close and Personal

Lilibet Foster, director of  ‘Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield StoryBrent Hodge, director of  The Pistol Shrimps’ and Susan Parker, director of ‘Loving in Limbo’.

When: 2.00 PM
Where: Q Theatre Vault

What inspires a director to spend years of their life on a film? Three directors discuss the journey’s they embarked on with their films, and the personal cost and satisfactions of directing.

Driving with Selvi

When: 2:45 PM
Where: Q Theatre

This character-driven story highlights the challenges that millions of devalued women and girls in India face. In a society where women are often considered expendable or worthless, Selvi is exceptional — a charming, strong, utterly courageous young woman who moves beyond the pain she has experienced to create a new life.

Elisa Polaschi – A Director’s Journey

When: 4.00 pm
Where: Q Theatre Vault

“I’ve learned that unscripted documentary in India is a true adventure. I’ve also learned that it’s almost impossible to fund documentaries, and great patience is required for both. For the first few years I visited, I was self-funded, and it was only in 2008 that I received my first grant from the Ontario Arts Council.”

Elisa Polaschi never gave up on her vision for this film despite a lack of cash –and ten years in the making. Elisa speaks on the determination and tenacity a film maker needs… and the rewards that followed.

Sunday 22 May 2016

Film ScreeningDoc Talk

Among the Believers

When: 1:45 PM
Where: Q Theatre

An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age. With Incredible access and chilling footage, Among the Believers charts the personal quest of a firebrand Pakistani cleric, to impose a strict version of Shariah law throughout the country, as a model for the world.

Collision Course? Director Mohammed Ali Naqvi on the rise of radicalism in the madrassa.

When: 3.15 pm
Where: Q Theatre Vault

The Red Mosque, an organisation in Pakistan, trains legions of children to devote their lives to Jihad, or holy war. In Among the Believers, with incredible access to the schools and to the movement’s charismatic leader Maulana Aziz, we see how radicalism is building up an army of thousands, as children pledge their allegiance to ISIS.
Director Mohammed Ali Naqvi, a New Yorker and liberal Muslim speaks on gaining access to the inside story of the Red Mosque madrassa… and the consequences.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Film Screening Doc Talk

How to Dance in Ohio

When: 11.45 PM
Where: Q Theatre

In Columbus, Ohio, a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum prepare for an iconic American rite of passage: the Spring Formal. Twelve weeks are spent practising their social skills and preparing themselves mentally, emotionally and physically for the big day. The results are beautiful, and moving, in Alexandra Shiva’s powerful film.

Autism: New Understanding

When: 1.15 pm
Where: Q Theatre Vault

Panel discussion on new ways of looking at autism – with insights from families living with autism and research from the University of Auckland. ‘Minds for Minds’ is a worldwide research project and partnering with families to understand the genetic causes of autism.

Sunday 29 May 2016

Film ScreeningDoc Talk
Monterey has two screenings during the Auckland season.  
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Monterey – We Did it Our Way 

When: 11.45 am
Where: Q Theatre Vault

Opening a café/restaurant is a recipe for stress as much as success. With director Lisa Burd and restauranteur Paul Ryan discuss the film and the trials and tribulations of startups .Monterey screens with The Tank, a short film on the homeless. First-time documentary director Rodrigo Gomez-Bolbaran shares the dramas of his own start-up.

This Changes Everything

When: 4:30 pm
Where: Q Theatre

Filmed in nine countries over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Climate Change – But Can We Change?

When: 6 pm (immediately after screening)
Where: Q Theatre Vault

Is it already too late? Experts discuss the challenges that confront us.

Following the screening of the film This Changes Everything; a panel discussion on the ticking timebomb of climate change.

And what will be the economic consequences for a country like New Zealand – damned if we do or damned if we don’t? An expert panel debates and answers questions.