New to DocPlay in July

It’s the sounds of silence for Kiwi Paul Simon fans next month on documentary streaming service DocPlay.

While Australian subscribers will be able to stream the Alex Gibney-directed documentary, In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, not so NZ customers of the platform.

However, the good news is it will surface later in the year on DocPlay — it’s being held back until after its theatrical run on the NZ International Film Festival circuit.

In the meantime, this is what has been confirmed next month for DocPlay’s NZ subscribers:

Ablaze (July 8)

Tiriki Onus finds a 70-year-old film believed to be made by his grandfather, Aboriginal leader and filmmaker Bill Onus. In piecing together the film’s origins, he discovers more about Bill’s fight for Aboriginal rights. “The film is superbly made and important in its reminders – through one man’s remarkable life – of the struggles of Indigenous people in the all-too-recent past.” — The Australian.

Mabo: Life of an Island Man (July 8)

Nearly 30 years ago, director Trevor Graham (Monsieur Mayonnaise) revealed the story of a small island and an extraordinary man, Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Apolonia Apolonia (July 15)

Shot over 13 years, this striking and intimate character-driven documentary dives into the exhilarating lifestyle of a young French artist. Winner of the Special Jury Award at this year’s Antenna Film Festival, and the Best Film Prize at IDFA, it’s exclusive to DocPlay. “Beguiling as a portrait of women with ambition, but also bittersweet.” — New York Times.

Aurora’s Sunrise (July 15)

At only 14-years-old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian Genocide. But with luck and extraordinary courage she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. Blending vivid animation, archive, and rediscovered footage, Aurora’s Sunrise brings the inspiring and forgotten story of a young woman back to life. “Harrowing but utterly fascinating and formally inventive.” — The Guardian.

We Were Once Kids (July 25)

Twenty-six years after indie cult classic Kids was released, Australian director Eddie Martin’s documentary explores the divergent paths of the original cast, delivering an unflinching look back at one of the most iconic films of the 1990s.

You Don’t Nomi (July 25)

A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls. “Searching for hidden depths in Showgirls might feel like going deep sea fishing in a puddle, but this fun, likeable doc makes a decent case for a reappraisal.” — Time Out.

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