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Isabel Darling’s The Carnival makes top 10 to contest the 2023 Documentary Australia Award

Isabel Darling’s The Carnival, an epic road trip with a sixth-generation carnival family, has made this years list of 10 documentaries that will contest the 2023 Documentary Australia Award. In competition are: The Cape, The Carnival, Climate Changers, The Defenders, Keeping Hope, Kindred, The Last Daughter, Man on Earth, Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) and Rachel’s Farm. Documentary Australia CEO Dr Mitzi Goldman said “This is our tenth year celebrating Australian documentary at the festival in its 70th year. We are so pleased to be able to acknowledge and reward our documentary filmmakers and particularly happy that we have been able to double the prize this year to showcase how important this award is to us an organisation in support of the sector.” “It is a very strong year for documentary in competition this year and I thank you all for your vision, tenacity and truth telling. Your stories reinforce so much of our common purpose and reason for being,” she continued. This year's Sydney Film Festival is honoured to present the annual Documentary Australia Award, supported by Documentary Australia and will be screening all finalists You can find the full programme HERE The winner will be announced on June 18th

VIDEO: THE CARNIVAL, Directed by Isabel Darling will have its world premier on June 10th 2023. SFF

Go on an epic road trip with the Bells, a sixth-generation carnival family, as they haul their convoy of trucks, rides and workers from Batemans Bay to Darwin and back. The Carnival captures the intimate moments of the sixth-generation carnival family, the Bells, as they haul their convoy of trucks, rides and workers from Batemans Bay to Darwin and back. Filmed over seven years, their journey includes pandemic shutdowns, bushfires, persistent rain and rising fuel costs – with a dwindling economy thrown in. The close-knit family battles not only to keep Australia’s oldest show on the road, but ultimately to keep their carnival legacy alive.

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