River is a cinematic and musical odyssey that explores the relationship between humans and rivers.

As part of our Overflow Festival during January, experience the cinematic and musical odyssey - and 2022 AACTA Award for Best Documentary and Best Original Score in a Documentary - River.

Narrated by Willem Dafoe with music performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the documentary film explores the relationship between humans and rivers. 

It was filmed in 39 locations, and features NASA time-lapse imagery and aerial shots captured by an informal global network of drone cinematographers.

This special screening will include a Q&A with some of the creative team behind the documentary. 

7:00pm - Screening of River

8:15pm - Q&A with Producer Jo-Anne McGowan and Composer Piers Burbrook de Vere

8:45pm - Nibbles, bar available.


2022 AACTA Award for Best Documentary: River.

2022 AACTA Award for Best Original Score in a Documentary: Richard Tognetti, William Barton and Piers Burbrook de Vere; River.

(AACTA is the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts)

WATER - Overflow Festival

In Summer 2022/23 Water Trail connects the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith through a special series of exhibitions, programs and events.

Visit the Hub forecourt until 29 Jan 2023 to see three contemporary First Nations artists light up the building with After Dark Illuminations - projections exploring the cultural significance of water. Featuring Maddison Gibbs, Shay Jannowi-Jude Tobin and Leanne Mulgo Watson.

For more information about the works and the artists visit the WATER website: watertrail.au/overflow

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

River (2021) G FRI 20 JANUARY 2023 - 7pm
Duration 75mins


All tickets $18.00
Booking Fee $3.50 - A one-off booking fee applies per transaction. This is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


Blue Mountains Theatre

106 Macquarie Road

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