Don’t Be Nice

The Creative Process
Director: Max Powers 2018 95 Minutes Ages 18+
Don't Be Nice Sat 05 Oct
04:00pm 95mins Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo
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Don't Be Nice Sun 13 Oct
12:15pm 96mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA
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This exhilarating documentary offers an unparalleled glimpse into the inner sanctum of five competitors from the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan as they prepare for the National Poetry Slam.

Brimming with raw talent, this mix of Black, Afro-Latino and queer poets struggle to balance pleasing crowds with the authentic crafting of words. First-time director Max Powers delves deep into the labour, both creative and  emotional, behind poetry slams. As they prepare for the national stage, the bravado of performance gives way to moments of fragility and tenderness. Under the inspired tutelage of their team coach, each member must shed their defences if they are to uncover the true agency and urgency of words.


Classification:Ages 18+
Director:Max Powers
Producer:Cora Atkinson, Nikhil Melnechuk
Cast:Ashley August, Joel François, Noel Quiñones
Script:Max Powers
Program strand:The Creative Process
Rights:Juno Films