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Documentary Week - Opening Night Film 'The Armstrong Lie'

Adelaide, Australia 4 March - 9 March 2014

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/29/13 -- Documentary Week Australia (DocWeek) in association with Sony Pictures is proud to present the 2014 opening night film 'The Armstrong Lie' by Oscar winning director, Alex Gibney. 'The Armstrong Lie' is an intimate and investigative inside story of cyclist Lance Armstrong. The film follows Armstrong from his success right though to the doping scandals that shook the world of cycling to a standstill.

Filmmaker Alex Gibney followed Lance Armstrong for four years with the intent of chronicling his return to cycling after his retirement from professional cycling in 2005. The filmmaker aims to document Armstrong's come back campaign and his bid to win his eighth Tour de France. Unexpectedly, Gibney was also there when Armstrong admitted to doping, which resulted in the film being retitled from "The Road Back" to "The Armstrong Lie." In this gripping film, Alex Gibney had unprecedented access to Armstrong himself, his colleagues, former teammates and the sport's top administrators. In true Gibney style the film drills down deep under the surface.

Joost den Hartog, Director of DocWeek, said, "We are thrilled to open DocWeek 2014 with Alex Gibney's film 'The Armstrong Lie'. Gibney is one of the most prolific and exciting documentary filmmakers working today and the absolute master of investigative documentary. We feel fortunate to have his film open our second DocWeek film festival ahead of its Australian release."

DocWeek is a week-long celebration of documentary film and factual television that includes a screening program of more than 40 films, pitching opportunities, interactive sessions, special events and in conversation sessions with filmmakers. The DocWeek industry conference attracts more than 500 delegates from around the world and coincides with the Documentary Film festival. It is held at various venues in Adelaide, Australia from 4th March - 9th March, 2014.

'The Armstrong Lie' will officially open the DocWeek film festival and will premiere at Palace Cinemas on Tuesday 4th March, 2014 at 6.30pm. Tickets are on sale now for the Opening Night film and are available at BASS www.bass.net.au

ALEX GIBNEY - Director-Producer
Alex Gibney is the director of the 2008 Oscar®-winning film Taxi to the Dark Side and the 2006 Oscar®-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Most recently, he has directed Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, a story of sex abuse in the Catholic church, Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream which examines the stratification of wealth in America, and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks which he completed for Focus Features.

Gibney has directed and produced several music films including Jimi Hendrix and the Blues (Director), and Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Producer), an 8-film documentary series (and accompanying book and multiple CD release) on the blues, including films by Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis, Clint Eastwood and Antoine Fuqua.

In 2010-2011, Gibney released four films as director: My Trip to Al-Qaeda, based on the one-man play by Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower; Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; a segment on Sumo wrestling in the omnibus film, Freakonomics; and Magic Trip, a time travel immersion experience about the famous 1964 bus trip taken by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

In 2011, Gibney also directed Catching Hell for ESPN's 30 for 30 series.

Other credits as Director include Magnolia Pictures' releases Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

In addition to the Oscar®, Mr. Gibney has received numerous other awards, including a Grammy, multiple Emmys, the Peabody Award, and the DuPont-Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism.

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