Two Aussie docs to compete in Toronto

Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed will screen at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival next month.

They are among 26 titles selected for the TIFF Docs section of the fest, which runs from September 10 to 20, enhancing Australia’s profile at the event where Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations and Simon Stone’s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations.

Produced by Bridget Ikin and John Smithson, Peedom’s film chronicles how Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim Mount Everest after an icefall killed 15 of their members on Mount Everest.  It will open in Australia in February, co-distributed by John Maynard's Footprint Films and Transmission.

It will be the international premiere of Armstrong’s doc which profiles Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly, who won three Academy Awards.

Among the world premieres at TIFF Docs are Nick Read’s Bolshoi Babylon, Emmanuel and Daniel Leconte’s Je Suis Charlie, Danae Elon’s P.S. Jerusalem, Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers and the late Sydney Pollack’s long-shelved concert doc Amazing Grace.

The full TIFF Docs line-up:

Amazing Grace – directed by Sydney Pollack
A Flickering Truth– directed by Pietra Brettkelly
A Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers – directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
A Young Patriot– directed by Du Haibin
Being AP– directed by Anthony Wonke
Bolshoi Babylon– directed by Nick Read
Dark Horse– directed by Louise Osmond
He Named Me Malala– directed by Davis Guggenheim
Heart Of A Dog– directed by Laurie Anderson
Hitchcock/Truffaut– directed by Kent Jones
Horizon– directed by Bergur Bernburg and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
In Jackson Heights– directed by Frederick Wiseman
It All Started At The End– directed by Luis Ospina
Janis: Little Girl– directed by Blue Amy Berg
Je Suis Charlie– directed by Emmanuel Leconte and Daniel Leconte
Miss Sharon Jones!– directed by Barbara Kopple
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble -directed by Morgan Neville
Nasser- directed by Jihan El-Tahri
Our Last Tango– directed by German Kral
P.S. Jerusalem– directed by Danae Elon
The Reflektor Tapes– directed by Kahlil Joseph
Return Of The Atom– directed by Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola
Sherpa– directed by Jennifer Peedom
Thru You Princess– directed by Ido Haar
Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom– directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
Women He’s Undressed– directed by Gillian Armstrong