Doc Talk Wellington

All Doc Talk sessions are held over the two festival weekends at Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St., Miramar, a brisk 2 minutes walk from the Roxy Cinema.  There are plenty of free car parks around the side of the club building and along the road.  The venue will be well signposted and if you need a quick pointer, please enquire at the Festival Hub at the Roxy Cinema foyer.  

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


Saturday 7 May 2016

Film ScreeningDoc Talk

Be Here Now – the Andy Whitfield Story
The opening night film of the Doc Edge Festival 2016.

When: 8.00 PM
Where: The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

Up Close and Personal
With Lilibet Foster director of Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story.

When: 1.00 pm
Where: Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St. Miramar
( 2 mins walk from the Roxy)

When ‘Spartacus’ star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer it was his charismatic wife Vashti who was there for him – and always in the room, was friend and film maker Lilibet Foster. Lilibet and Vashti together discuss the journey they found themselves on with Andy– and what the experience taught them about love, life and friendship.

The Infinite Happiness

When: 12:45 PM
Where: The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

Life stories from the residents of the 2011 World’s Best Residential Building.

Can Architecture Create Collective Happiness?

When: 2.15 pm
Where: Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St. Miramar
( 2 mins walk from the Roxy)

A panel discussion on whether architecture can create collective happiness. Is apartment living the future in a crazy house market? Architects and urban designers discuss a vision for the future, and the power of architecture to create change.

Sunday 8 May 2016

Saturday 14 May 2016

Film Screening Doc Talk

Among the Believers

When: 12.00 PM
Where: The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

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.

A New Yorker Among the Believers

When: 1.30 pm
Where: Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St. Miramar
( 2 mins walk from the Roxy)

Mohammed Ali Naqvi is a New York director and a liberal Muslim. He spent months inside the Red Mosque madrassa to reveal the closed world in which children are being raised. Mohammed discusses the experience – and the challenges he faced in both gaining trust from the iman and yet staying true to the revelatory vision of the film.

A Billion Lives

When: 2:15 PM
Where: The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

A perfect storm is brewing between smokers trying to quit, government regulators, and health charities funded by the powerful pharmaceutical industry. Director Aaron Biebert travelled across four continents interviewing doctors, scientists, and others working to save a billion lives. What he found was profound government failure, widespread corruption in the public health community and powerful subversion by big business.

The Director’s Stand

When: 4.00 pm
Where: Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St. Miramar
( 2 mins walk from the Roxy)

Director Aaron Biebert is convinced that ‘vaping’ as a way to quit smoking is being sabotaged. Appearing at DocTalks, he says, “The bigger problem is darker corruption forces at work. Big Pharma, Big Media, Big Non-Profits, Big Legal, and Big Government all have an addiction to money and they are sacrificing their core missions in pursuit of it.”

Sunday 15 May 2016

Film ScreeningDoc Talk


When: 6:00 PM (after the 4.30pm Doc Talk session)
Where: The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

Sonita profiles Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh who narrowly escaped a forced marriage at 16 by writing the song Brides for Sale. A female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability but Sonita insists on dreaming big

Sonita with Director, Roksareh Ghaemmaghami

When: 4.30 pm
Where: Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St. Miramar
( 2 mins walk from the Roxy)

What happens when a director crosses the 4th wall – and puts herself in the story? Roksareh Ghaemmaghami took a decision that altered the course of the film, and Sonita’s life. The director in conversation shares about how she made that decision, and all that followed. Roksareh also became a news topic herself when she was denied an entry visa to New Zealand – on the grounds that she might become an over-stayer. Now, with that decision reversed, she discusses how her film-making career has taken her from Iran to the USA.

A Man can Make a Difference

When: 3:45 PM
Where: The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

Can one man can make a difference? Benjamin Ferencz did by dedicating his life in defence of human rights. He was Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials and campaigned for greater global justice ever since.

Can a Director Make a Difference

When: 5.30 pm
Where: Kairangi Bridge Club, 138 Hobart St. Miramar
( 2 mins walk from the Roxy)

For many in Germany, the Nuremburg trials are ancient history, and perhaps something to be forgotten. German director Ullabrit Horn on the reasons she focused on Benjamin Ferencz – and why she believes we must not forget the work of men like Ferencz.