River (2021) © Stranger Than Fiction Films
River (2021) © Stranger Than Fiction Films
River (2021) © Stranger Than Fiction Films

ACMI & Nowness present


Jennifer Peedom, Joseph Nizeti | Australia, United Kingdom | 2021 | E

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Sat 30 Dec 2023 - Sat 6 Jan 2024

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Narrator Willem Defoe leads us on a cinematic journey across the world's river systems with dramatic visual effect.

Throughout history, rivers have shaped our landscapes and our journeys; flowed through our cultures and dreams. River takes its audience on a journey through space and time; spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite footage, the film shows rivers on scales and from perspectives never seen before. Its union of image, music and sparse, poetic script creates a film that is both dream-like and powerful, honouring the wildness of rivers but also recognising their vulnerability.

Curator's Note

Embracing drone technology and satellite filming, Jennifer Peedom and Joseph Nizeti's stunning film explores rivers, their importance which cannot be understated, and our connection to them. Comprehensive in its scope, the film truly examines rivers from all angles, presenting unique perspectives of the natural world and quietly demanding that they're not taken for granted.

Willem Defoe narrates this journey of the world with naturalistic wonder.

River made its world premiere in Melbourne during COVID-19 restrictions, but the film absolutely demands to be seen on the big screen.

– Reece Goodwin; Curator (Film & TV)

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Madman Entertainment
Courtesy: Madman Entertainment
Runtime: 75 mins

Event duration

75 mins



Exempt from classification


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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