New to DocPlay in November

Here are the key highlights for next month’s DocPlay slate:

Volcano Man (November 7)

Filmmaker James Crawley’s life has been captured on camera by his father Richard, but when he discovers some of his dad’s hidden tapes, James decides to make a film of his own. Delving into a lifetime of home videos and new interviews with those closest to him, James pulls back the curtain and reveals the real Richard Crawley, an eccentric photographer and documentarian who lives atop a dormant volcano and approach to life is utterly explosive. (November 7)

Unseen Skies

Yaara Bou Melhem’s documentary explores the evolution of state and corporate surveillance. Her docu-journey follows Trevor Paglen, one of the 21st century’s most visionary artists, on one of his most audacious projects to date – the launching of an artwork into space to show that our skies are more than the exclusive playground of the military-industrial complex. Or are they? (November 10)

Come Back Anytime

Presents a window into the lives of self-taught Japanese ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko, who have run their tiny Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei for more than 40 years. Ueda serves his legendary ramen to scores of devoted customers who have joined him over the decades in making the restaurant an intimate place of community. For Ueda, it’s more than just a livelihood, but his life. And his die-hard regulars are more than just customers, but true friends. (November 17)


Tells the story of the iconic WWII bomber through the words of the last surviving crew members. Starting with ‘The Blitz’, we follow our 38 contributors as they join-up, learn to fly and go to war. With the enemy strong and RAF Bomber Command badly equipped, British losses were high. For there was a deadly price to be paid in the lethal night skies over Germany – 55,000 aircrew and 600,000 civilians were killed. Such was the cost of defeating the Nazis and restoring peace to Europe. From the producers of Spitfire and narrated by Charles Dance. (November 21)

When the Camera Stopped Rolling

The daughter of trailblazing Australian filmmaker Lilias Fraser tells the epic tale of her mother’s extraordinary life, her career and their challenging relationship. Driven by the need to understand and heal from their shared trauma, director/cinematographer Jane Castle digs deep using the rich textures of a stunning, unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history. Deeply moving and searingly honest, she reveals both the light and dark of this proto-feminist icon and unique mother-daughter team. The triumphs and turbulence of their careers and their relationship are captured with clarity and compassion, set against a rich tapestry of stunning visuals and sound. (November 24)

The Lake of Scars

Six years in the making, this groundbreaking Australian documentary deals with allyship and reconciliation, environment and archaeology. It details the relationship between an ageing white farmer and members of Victoria’s Yung Balug clan of the DjaDja Wurrung, as they seek to showcase and protect Australia’s largest collection of scarred trees. Jida Gulpilil, son of legendary late actor David Gulpilil, is at home on his mother’s country, sharing the story of the dozens of scarred trees, middens and stone scatters at home in a series of beautifully shot red-gum fringed ephemeral lakes on the edge of the Victorian Mallee. (TBA)

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