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Celebrate the launch of this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival program on February 20 with a special evening event at the Playhouse featuring Christos Tsiolkas. The award-winning writer will discuss his ambitious new novel Damascus and the power of conversion, as well as the themes and ideas that have obsessed him as a writer: power, doubt, religion, masculinity, colonisation and refugees. The event will be facilitated by Ailsa Piper. Festival programs will also be available. Tickets are $25 and are now on sale. http://ow.ly/O6Zc50ypOe4
Australia’s Madman, UK’s Curzon and Benelux’s Cineart partner to launch $1.6M Film Development Fund This trio of leading indie film distributors are pooling resources to launch the new film development fund. http://ow.ly/n70b50ym7ta
Oscar winners 2020: the full list From Parasite to Pitt, all the Oscar results from the 92nd Academy Awards. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/feb/10/oscars-2020-complete-list-winners
Applications for Round Two of the Arts and Cultural Funding program are open. You can apply for Project funding, Annual Organisation funding, and Creative Koori Projects funding. https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/arts-and-cultural-funding-program/annual-organisation-funding
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the screening scheduled for this Thursday December 5, at Scotty's Cinema Raymond Terrace has been postponed, and will now be screened early in the new year. Dates to be advised . We'd like to thank you for your continued support, and hope to see you at our event in 2020!
In January 2019, 30-year-old Ashley Treseder dove off a pier at Shoal Bay in NSW, broke his neck, and became a C4 tetraplegic. After six months of rehabilitation, Ash is starting from scratch in his new home with the support of family and friends. Join us this Thursday December 5, from 6:30pm at Scotty's Cinema Raymond Terrace, to view heart stopping shortfilm "Bulletproof Ashley." Q&A's with Ashley himself will follow. Tickets online at https://realfilmfestival.com.au/program-ticket/bulletproof-ashley-dec5/
Maitland Gaol Outdoor Screening! Gather your family and friends for a night of viewing under the stars! With woodfire pizza on offer, and complimentary bubbles on arrival, grab a picnic rug or chair and come and enjoy an outdoor viewing experience, with filmmaker Q&A's to follow. Don't miss out! Where: Maitland Gaol When: 6:30pm, Friday, November 29th What: Outdoor cinema and food! Bring: Picnic rug or chairs Tickets on sale at the gates, as well as online now at: https://realfilmfestival.com.au/program-ticket/sanctuary-nov29/
TICKTES ON SALE NOW- Maitland Gaol Film Screening! This Friday night we have a fascinating line up of films to share. Short film 'Execution Island,' depicts the lead up to, and final moments of the now executed Australian prisoners Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan at Bali's Kerobokan Gaol. Filmed at Maitland Gaol, 'Execution Island' follows the story of "two young Australians convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia in 2006. Sentenced to death by firing squad, during their 9 years in prison, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were rehabilitated and began many positive activities within the prison. Myuran became an accomplished artist, while Andrew became an ordained Minister and established a church inside the prison. Rev Christie Buckingham was Myuran's spiritual advisor. This is her eye witness account of a night that will never be forgotten." Followed by Q&A’s with the Director of the film, Jamie Humphries and actors Cathy Burnside & Andrew Yang. Join us on Friday November 29th from 6:30pm. Purchase your tickets here: https://realfilmfestival.com.au/program-ticket/execution-island-nov29/
Maitland, we're coming your way! Have you purchased tickets to our much anticipated filmmaking workshops held at the most incredible venue- Maitland Gaol? If not now is your chance! Both our iPhone Filmmaking and Visual Effects/ Virtual Reality workshops are filling up fast! Grab a friend, and head to: https://realfilmfestival.com.au/maitland/ to grab your tickets now.
MAITLAND GAOL OUTDOOR CINEMA! Join us Friday, November 29th at Maitland Gaol for an Outdoor Cinema Event, screening heart-stopping feature film SANCTUARY, as well as short film EXECUTION ISLAND (filmed at Maitland Gaol). Gates open at 6:30pm for guests to enjoy a complimentary drink from our sponsors and food from the carts, before settling down to watch some incredible, and moving Australian made films. Feature film Sanctuary follows Khaled, who bravely fought against the “beast” of terror when working as an interpreter for the Coalition Forces in Iraq. Born Iraqi but raised in the Netherlands he believes in Western ideals of freedom like any Dutchman. But Khaled couldn’t escape the legacy of violence and spends the next 10 years travelling across 4 continents in search of safety. In the age of terror, Khaled is someone to be feared and is treated inhumanely. In 2015 he documents his quest to return home. Will he find sanctuary and have the life he always deserved or will he finally crack and become the beast they all fear him to be? Q&A’s with Sanctuary Director Kaye Harrison and Founder of Zara’s House Refugee Centre Sister Di Santleben together with Execution Island Director Jamie Humphries and actors Cathy Burnside & Andrew Yang will follow. Jump online now to purchase tickets before they sell out! https://realfilmfestival.com.au/program-ticket/sanctuary-nov29/
What an incredible 'pop up' event we had last Thursday in Lake Macquarie! The screening of films 'The Final Quarter' and 'It's Time' activating powerful discussion around the face of racism in Australia, proved not only emotional, but eye opening for the crowd that gathered. Director's Ian Darling (The Final Quarter) and Bridget Ninness (It's Time), along with local Indigenous AFL player Isaiah Olsen were present to play host to the crowd's burning questions on both the topic at hand, and the incredible films that were displayed. We are so grateful to be able to bring the festival to local council area's around the Hunter, and want to thank Lake Macquarie City Council and mayor Kay Fraser for their continued support. We wouldn't exist without it! Don't forget, there are still 2 more pop up events happening in the hunter! Maitland- November 29th Port Stephens- December 5th Head to: https://realfilmfestival.com.au/ to see what's on offer at the two above locations. You don't want to miss these!
Tonight's the night! Join us from 6pm at Warner's Bay Performing Arts Centre, to watch two brilliant documentary style films; the insightful short 'It's Time' and the much anticipated screening of 'The Final Quarter.' ‘The Final Quarter’ follows the pits of Adam Goodes career, champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation. He publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration. The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him. Using only archival footage aired at the time, the film holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field. Following the screenings, Q&A’s with 'The Final Quarter' Director, Ian Darling, 'It’s Time' Director, Bridget Ninness and Indigenous AFL player Isaiah Olsen will activate discussion around racism in Australia. Head to: https://realfilmfestival.com.au/pr…/the-final-quarter-nov21/ to purchase tickets to tonight’s event!
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