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By Sarah Ward
July 16, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
July 16, 2021
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Documentaries exist. Movies that clearly tell made-up tales exist, too. But sometimes the line between fact and fiction on the big screen isn't quite crystal clear. Some films take a real-life story and spin it into a drama, in fact, as this year's big Oscar-winner Nomadland did. The fantastic feature is based on a non-fiction book, and costars a number of folks who truly do live the nomadic lifestyle depicted, but also focuses on a fictional character played by the great Frances McDormand.

It's movies like Nomadland that Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art is focusing on between Sunday, July 18–Sunday, September 5, all as part of its latest free film program. In Pursuit of Truth is filled with flicks that blur the lines between truth and fiction — and yes, Nomadland is indeed showing.

Also on the bill: Sarah Polley's personal Stories We Tell, which dives into her own family history; Skate Kitchen, which follows an all-girl skate group in New York, and turns the real-life crew into fictional characters; and I'm Not There, which plays with Bob Dylan's life story — and sees everyone from Cate Blanchett to Heath Ledger help out. Or, Kate Plays Christine charts actor Kate Lyn Shiel's preparations for a fictional feature film role as a real-life reporter who committed suicide on television, Taxi Tehran sees filmmaker Jafar Panahi turn cab driver and film the experience, and F is for Fake lets Orson Welles interrogate illusion, truth, art and lies.

Screenings run on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and on Saturdays and Sundays during the day.

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