This film is part of Doc Edge Festival, a documentary festival like no other. The exceptional 2022 programme, which is their largest in recent years, includes over eighty feature-length and short films that celebrate and explore diverse storytelling.

Director: Matthew Bauer | United Kingdom 2022 | 80 min English, Swedish

BOND, JAMES BONDS. CAN ANYONE EVER LIVE UP TO THAT NAME?

An energetic exploration of male identity via the lives, personalities, and adventures of a diverse band of men, real men across the globe all sharing the name - James Bond.

1952. Jamaica. When author Ian Fleming needs a name for his suave, sophisticated secret agent, he steals one from an unaware birdwatcher and creates a pop-culture phenomenon about the ultimate fictional alpha male.

2022. It is the year of 007’s sixtieth anniversary onscreen and Australian filmmaker Matthew Bauer is on a global mission to discover the lasting, contrasting and very personal impacts of sharing such an identity with James Bond.

From a Swedish 007 super-fan with a Nazi past, a gay New York theatre director, an African American Bond accused of murder, and two resilient women caught up in it all, Bauer’s cinematic mission is an audacious, poignant, and insightful examination of masculinity, gender, and race in the very real shadows of a movie icon.

OPENING NIGHT FILM

7pm | Red Carpet arrival, official welcome and introductions. 

8pm | The Other Fellow screening, followed by a live Q&A session with director Matthew Bauer. 

Please note every person who purchases a ticket to The Other Fellow si invited to attend the official Doc Edge Awards Ceremony between 6pm and 7pm. 

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Last updated: 15 May 2022