Documentaries & Interviews

Documentaries & Interviews

Hear the stories of the people who make Sydney Opera House such a special place, both on stage and off.

Documentaries & Interviews
  • 30/50: Pussy Riot / Zona Prava - In Conversation (2014)

    Available worldwide from 2nd Oct 2023.
    Russian conceptual artists and political activists Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alekhina are founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot, who became a global symbol of dissent in Russia with their idiosyncratic blend of feminist ar...

  • 18/50: Stepping Out (1980)

    Available worldwide from 20th Sept 2023 until 20th March 2024.
    Winner of the 1981 AFI Award for Best Documentary, 'Stepping Out' explores the lives of a theatre group of people with disability as they prepare for their first public performance, to be held at the Sydney Opera House.

    The film foll...

  • 11/50: An Evening with Stephen Hawking (2015)

    Available worldwide from 13th Sept 2023.
    There are few scientists that can be said to have touched the public imagination. Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one such scientist. Appearing as part of the 2015 Ideas at the House program, Professor Hawking joined us from Cambridge, via li...

  • Discovery Project - London Symphony Orchestra

    Go behind the scenes on a special project, which sees musicians from London Symphony Orchestra working with Sydney and Regional NSW Youth Orchestras on a unique performance.

    The LSO returned to the Sydney Opera House in May 2023 and, alongside their three monumental performances, they worked wit...

  • The Takeover

    What happens when you suspend the school timetable for 3 weeks and give students full creative control? Follow the journey of teachers and students of Liverpool Boys High School in Western Sydney, as the traditional school structure is turned on its head and creativity takes the reins.

    The Takeo...

  • The Gauntlet | Documentary

    Performed as part of Antidote in 2018, The Gauntlet is a genre-bending performance work, which combines choirs and vocal ensembles, contemporary choreography and site-specific storytelling. In this newly commissioned documentary film, composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol discuss what...

  • On The Level

    1 season

    Candid, in-depth, and always revealing, On The Level catches up with artists during their visit to the Sydney Opera House, discussing their careers, inspirations, and preparations for their performance.

  • Legs On The Wall: THAW – No Time To Waste

    In January 2022, Sydney-siders were treated to an unusual spectacle: one brave woman perched atop a giant ice cube, suspended high above the city’s harbour at the peak of summer. THAW marked a dramatic return for renowned local company Legs on the Wall, who delivered an art installation as metaph...

  • DANCERITES Deadly Moments

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following content may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

    For almost 10 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have travelled to Sydney to take part in Sydney Opera House’s various First Nations Festivals ...

  • Ideas at the House: Talks & Ideas

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    Our long-running podcast Ideas at the House comes to life in this filmed series of original, one-on-one interviews with some of the most inspiring women of the moment. Join the Sydney Opera House’s former Head of Talks & Ideas, Edwina Throsby, as she gets up close and personal with actress, artis...

  • Opera Australia: Staging an Opera

    Ever wondered just how much work goes into an opera production? How does it all begin? Who does it involve? 'Staging an Opera' delves into how resident company Opera Australia brings their productions to life. Enter the world of Bizet's iconic opera 'The Pearlfishers' and find out what it takes f...

  • Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra Dance Theatre

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    Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a F...

  • Side By Side

    1 season

    An eclectic line-up of collaborative duos turn the tables and interview one another.

  • Talking Music

    1 season

    Some of the world's greatest musicians have graced the stage at Sydney Opera House. In 'Talking Music', they share their reflections on their work, their influences and their greatest passions.

  • A Night To Shine! - Behind The Scenes

    Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House as students from the Australian World Orchestra education programme prepare to take the recently re-opened Concert Hall stage for A Night To Shine!

    Students also share their experiences of the Australian World Orchestra’s programme for young regional and m...