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Victoria Film Festival

The Vic Virtual Cinema

First We Eat

Helmut Newton:

Helmut Newton:

The Bad and The Beautiful

The Bad and The Beautiful

  • Jimmy Carter Rock 'N' Roll President

    This presidential portrait shows how Jimmy Carter’s lifelong passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate. Through folk, soul, gospel, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Carter tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, and often party lines. Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson helped to define his campaign.

    ”Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President” combines intimate interviews with Carter along with rare archival era-defining live performances from: Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, and Paul Simon among others.

    Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability and the unifying power of music became key to his political appeal, and allowed him to connect with voters who may only have known him as a small town peanut farmer.


  • Oliver Sacks His Own Life


    Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

    A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.


  • First We Eat

    Putting food security to the test in the far North of Canada – filmmaker Suzanne Crocker, living just 300 km from the Arctic Circle, removes absolutely all grocery store food from her house. For one year, she feeds her family of five only food that can be hunted, fished, gathered, grown, or raised around Dawson City, Yukon. That means no salt, no caffeine, no sugar, and -40°C temperatures.

    Director of VFF 2014 audience favourite All the Time in the World.

    Winner of the TOP FIVE AUDIENCE AWARD at Hot Docs 2020 and a huge festival hit from the Vancouver International Film Festival 2020.


  • Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

    As one of the great trailblazers of photography, Newton made a name for himself exploring and elevating the female form.

    Through candid interviews, Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, and others share their thoughts on Newton’s life and legacy. His unique and striking way of depicting women still begs the controversial question – were these women subjects or objects to him?


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