13 amazing films from this year’s festival coming to a theatre near you.

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Following the success of our first-ever online festival and going nationwide, Doc Edge is excited to partner with seven independent theatres around the country to celebrate being able to go back to the cinema and watch some of the films that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

We have curated a selection of films we think you’ll love watching from the comfort of a beautiful chair at your local theatre with a vino and a friend or two.

The Tour will feature across the following cinemas:

Circus Cinema, Martinborough, 8 – 18 October (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

The Roxy, Wellington, 10 – 11 October and 17 – 18 October (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

The Capitol Cinema, Auckland, 17 – 18 October and 24 – 25 October (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

Lumiere Cinema, Christchurch, 24 – 25 October and 31 October – 1  November (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, 31 October – 1 November and 7 – 8 November (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

Govett Brewster, New Plymouth, 28 – 29 November and 5 – 6 December (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

Globe Theatrette, Napier, 10 – 19 December (It’s all over O-V-A-H)

Please contact the cinemas directly for screening times and ticketing information.

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The selected films from Doc Edge Festival 2020 playing in the Theatrical Tour are:

Elementa + Pluck

A perfect kiwi double-feature – two beautiful films and our Academy-Award qualifiers for next year’s Oscars; Pluck is 2020’s Best New Zealand Short. Jean Neshausen has learned to weave korowai out of unravelled feather dusters and roadkill. She’s made 15 cloaks for her community so far, but not yet for her daughter, and life has dealt her an unfair deadline. Elementa – this year’s Best New Zealand Feature, is a visual feast filmed over five years on seven continents. Ice, fire, earth, air and æther collide with incredible cinematography from Earth’s most remote places including the vast wilderness of the white continent, ancient rainforests, oceans and erupting volcanoes.

1h 10m
Winner: Best NZ Feature, Best NZ Cinematography
43min | directed by Richard Sidey | New Zealand | 2020
Winner: Best NZ Short
27min | directed by Kirsty Griffin, Viv Kernick | New Zealand | 2020

Doc Edge Originals 

1h 6m | New Zealand | 2020

Three exciting new stories from Kiwi filmmakers covering contemporary issues and made especially for young adults:  A Broken Earth follows two environmental award-winning farmers who are forced to deal with the effects of fracking and oil drilling right next to their home. Rise goes behind the scenes to track the teenagers responsible for organising and rallying as many people as possible for the largest climate protest in the world. We Rock! Is a celebratory and empowering look at young Kiwi musicians banding together as they attend Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa.

A Broken Earth, directed by James Muir
Rise, directed by Jess Feast
We Rock! directed by Morgan Leary

For lovers of biographies, arts and culture:

Stevenson: Lost and Found

”A beautifully imagined portrait of the inimitable and beloved Jim Stevenson.” – Molly Haskell, film critic

Opening as the artist celebrates his 85th birthday, director Sally Williams celebrates James Stevenson, one of The New Yorker Magazine’s most prolific cartoonists – and arguably the most beloved. Revered for its weighty commentary on world affairs, The New Yorker found its sweet side in the wit, whimsy and sheer joie de vivre of Stevenson’s illustrations and articles.

Poet, children’s book author, op-ed contributor, father of nine children, and quintessential oddball, Stevenson is battling dementia. “Man is like a ladder,” he says, “strong in the middle and missing a few rungs towards the end.”

Winner: Best NZ Director (Sally Williams), Best NZ Editing (Deborah Peretz)
1h 16m | Sally Williams | New Zealand, United States | 2019

Richard Leplastrier – Framing The View

“A powerful portrait of a seminal figure in Australian architecture.”

His work is revered by architects around the world. Leplastrier’s search for beauty in his career is interwoven with his own life in a bush camp on the edge of Sydney.

The 81-year-old Melbourne-born architect “… is the architect’s architect, refusing to become a ‘star-chitect’. And while he designs beautifully crafted houses for his clients, his own lifestyle is closer to camping,” says the documentary’s creator. “Shunning the limelight, he tucks himself away in his one-room home in a remote estuary north of Sydney, only reached by boat.”

1h 13m | Anna Cater | Australia |  2020

The one that everybody’s talking about.

#UNFIT – The Psychology of Donald Trump


An eye-opening and shattering analysis of the behaviour, psyche, condition, and stability of US President, Donald J. Trump.

“Is Donald Trump psychologically fit to be President?”

For the first time, mental health professionals go on the record, in an eye–opening, science–based assessment of the behaviour and stability of Donald J. Trump.

1h 24m | Directed by Dan Partland | United States | 2020

If you love films with ‘David versus Goliath’ themes about politics, war, corruption, whistle-blowers, scandals and investigative journalism, then you’ll love these.


“A devastating exposure of greed, complicity and the outright theft of a nation’s resources.”

One day, two young men working in an IT company find the evidence that lays bare the entire modus operandi behind the trillion-rand plunder of a South African state by private individuals and the politicians in their pockets.

“It is the whistle-blowers who are the real, and largely unsung, heroes.”

— Filmmakers Kaplan and Desai

1h 33m | Rehad Desai | South Africa | 2019


“The rise and fall of the world’s most dangerous PR company.”

Diana Neille & Richard Poplak’s story of weaponised communication focuses on the infamous Lord Tim Bell and his associates, known for their controversial geopolitical spin-doctoring.

Bell started his career in advertising with Saatchi and Saatchi, and had an affinity for difficult briefs and “people with problems”, as he liked to call them. He crafted campaigns for unpopular politicians, dictators, disgraced companies and celebrities, in the same way he created product branding – by being concise and brutal.

1h 31m | Diana Neille, Richard Poplak | South Africa, Canada | 2020


“Fisk’s story is a compelling reminder of just how real the news can be.” – Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

Winner – Doc Edge Awards 2020 *** Festival Category | Bests of Fests ***

“I do admire and respect how far he’s willing to go for the truth. After seeing This is Not a Movie, I hope you will too.”

– Alan Ng, Film Threat

At age 12, Robert Fisk saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent, and immediately knew what he wanted to be: a foreign correspondent. For more than four decades, he has been reporting on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world.

1hr 46m | Yung Chang | Canada, Germany | 2019

Food and Sustainability from one extreme to the other.


David Kinch and his team’s adventure from their 3 Star Michelin restaurant in California to a one of a kind “four hands” collaboration with three legendary chefs in France.

1h 30m | Rémi Anfosso | United States, France | 2020


Follow a family of five for a year living only on food that can be hunted, gathered, fished, grown or raised in a desolate Yukon community where the Arctic Circle is closer than any major city. Add three skeptical teens, one reluctant husband, no salt, caffeine, sugar and minimal grains and you have a phenomenal look at learning to live off the land.

1h 41m | Suzanne Crocker | Canada |  2020