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Some Happy Day Film



Some Happy Day




Some Happy Day (Film Poster)


An Australian filmmaker’s award-winning independent feature and social impact film, Some Happy Day – which aims to change perceptions of homelessness and inspire action and behavioural change – is at the heart of an impact campaign supported by several high-profile partners.

Director, writer, and producer Catherine Hill’s first film is a passion project, inspired by 20 years as a case manager and crisis worker with marginalised and often street homeless men and women.

Hill funded most of Some Happy Day personally, and she and co-producer Cecilia Low engaged an Impact Producer – Rowen Smith of Screenkind – to collaborate with them on a long-tail strategy for the film, which will start to roll out from next week.

The strategic partnerships Screenkind has forged with aligned brands, companies, and organisations –   including the award-winning property developer MirvacDymocksAustralian Alliance for Ending HomelessnessSt Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (recent CEO Sleepout attendees in Victoria watched the film on the night); award-winning PropTech PEXA; Lions Clubs; the IGA network of over 1,300 independent family-owned businesses and Are Media’s ‘Unhoused’ Campaign – will roll out via various initiatives and activations in the lead-up to National Homelessness Week (August 1-7) and beyond.

Using the film to help humanise homelessness, the Impact Campaign’s broad remit is:

  • to challenge general assumptions and foster a better understanding of homelessness
  • to encourage a constructive conversation around a worsening national crisis inextricably linked with trauma, domestic violence, and rising living costs
  • to inspire action and encourage people to be part of the solution through volunteering, donating, and engaging in advocacy
  • to inform policy makers, to educate within our schools and industries, and to bring empathy and change at a grassroots level
  • to support communities, volunteers, social workers, and educators in broadening their understanding and practice of working with, and on behalf of, people experiencing homelessness
  • to advocate for a national Housing Policy that affords every Australian the basic right to a secure, safe home and enables them to live with dignity

Plans are in progress for a special Parliamentary screening in Victoria during Homelessness Week, hosted by Fiona Patten, Member of the Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan Electorate, and leader of the Reason Party.

“’Some Happy Day’ poignantly depicts the actual face of homelessness. It shows the human that many of us walk past daily without thinking or seeing. As the chair of the Parliament’s homelessness inquiry, I know that this is the story of the growing number of people experiencing homelessness. ‘Some Happy Day’ is a call to action and one we must, as a civil and compassionate society, heed”, said Patten.

Some Happy Day follows Tina, a homeless woman in desperate search of a better life, who meets Frances, a social worker with troubles of her own. Over a single day their lives interweave, revealing unsettling connections that lead to change and redemption.

Hill wrote the role of Tina for Peta Brady, a renowned Australian theatre and television actor, and part-time drug and alcohol worker at The Salvation Army Needle and Syringe Program in St Kilda. Some of the actors have lived experience of homelessness, and other cast and crew also work in social services. Such is their belief in this film, the entire cast and crew worked for free.

Rowen Smith says she and the filmmakers are very grateful to the organisations and partners who have been keen to support Some Happy Day’s Impact Campaign.

Catherine Hill said: “Since our very first screening on World Day of Social Justice in February, we’ve been humbled and heartened by the amazing response to the film, and by the individuals and organisations we have encountered who acknowledge homelessness as an urgent priority for us to address as a society”.

The film’s high-profile supporters include best-selling author, media commentator and recent political candidate Jane Caro AM, who said: “It’s an incredible film, shining a strong light on an issue that often flies under the radar, which is homelessness, particularly older women’s homelessness. It takes you inside the terrible insecurity, the lifetime of damage and trauma which leads people to being trapped in this situation. I encourage everyone to go see it. I’m delighted Catherine and her team made this film to make sure we get inside the heart and soul of people who find themselves living rough.”

From August 1, Some Happy Day will launch on SBS On Demand.

The film is available now to corporate businesses, community organisations, educational institutions, local councils and government agencies for Partner Hosted Screenings and Fundraiser Screening Events.

For a modest licence fee, these screenings can be held in cinemas, as in-person events at workplaces or community centres, or hosted virtually via a link from the film’s website – to book a screening, visit

Some Happy Day donates a percentage of the licence fees/proceeds from every Impact Screening to their major partner, The Sacred Heart Mission, a service working with and advocating for those experiencing homelessness. The Mission, and the Salvation Army Statewide Crisis Service in Victoria, supported the film during production, providing in-kind assistance and access to their locations. To donate to the Sacred Heart Mission, visit

Rowen Smith is still pursuing funding to support two major aspirations of the Impact Campaign – the first an Educational Impact Resource for schools, TAFES and Universities, and a resource targeting Year 11 and 12 teachers – to inspire a new generation of advocates. The second is a Volunteer Induction Resource, to be distributed to Support Services across the country, to help support a robust, well informed, and empathetic volunteer cohort. Anyone interested in sponsoring can email

To donate, or for information on screenings and fundraisers, visit somehappydayfilm.comSome Happy Day debuts on SBS On Demand on August 1 and will be available on the Some Happy Day website from August 8.


Some Facts on Homelessness in Australia

  • On any given night in Australia approximately 116,000 people will be homeless 1 – one in every 200 Australians.
  • The average life expectancy of rough sleepers is around 50 years, almost 30 years lower than housed populations. 2
  • Last year, it is estimated that over 420 homeless people died on Australia’s streets.3
  • The fastest growing cohort of homeless people in Australia is women over 55. 4

Additional quotes

“Stories open your heart and that’s where the change begins.” Catherine Hill – director, writer, producer

“Profoundly moving. Some Happy Day lays bare the underbelly of Australian lives rarely seen. It is brave and real and will have you in tears. A triumph of filmmaking. Tender, uplifting and bravely honest.” – Nikki Gemmell, author, and journalist

“An unflinching and articulate story that works not only as a deeply poignant drama, but as an unapologetic statement against the devastation wrought by Australia’s widening wealth gap … Some Happy Day is a story of connection, perseverance, and community.” – James Fletcher, FilmInk




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Fall in ‘Love For One Night’ with NORPA at The Eltham Hotel




Fall in ‘Love For One Night’ with NORPA at The Eltham Hotel 

NORPA, one of Australia’s leading regionally based theatre companies, may have lost their Lismore performing arts centre in the devastating floods but it hasn’t stopped the company from creating something beautiful, powerful and joyous with its new major work Love for One Night. NORPA are no strangers to delighting audiences by staging spectacular shows in interesting places – they have performed sell-out shows on the platform of an abandoned train station (Railway Wonderland) and in a country hall (Dreamland). Long time collaborators director Julian Louis and writer Janis Balodis are now taking audiences to The Eltham Hotel, a majestic old watering hole in the Byron hinterland that has been a meeting place for more than 100 years.

Country hotel pubs like The Eltham play a unique role in communities. They attract all walks of life and are a place for yarns, for meeting up and colliding into strangers. It is this melting pot of characters, surrounded by charm and hospitality, that first inspired the concept for Love for One Night.

In Love for One Night a series of brief encounters are told through story, dance and song with a live band scoring all the action. The Eltham Hotel itself becomes both set and character with live videography projected onto its façade and the audience taking it all in from tiered theatre seating constructed in front of the hotel. Love For One Night has been created through a devised theatre making process – a collaboration by the creative team and performers including research, story collection, improvisation, character and scene development.

Love for One Night is a circle dance of love stories, featuring twenty four characters played by five actors. Some of the characters include Sunny, a single mum, hopeless romantic and housekeeper at The Eltham; barflies Brad and Rosa who are childhood sweethearts and banter lovingly over schooners and rugby; and David and Rob who fell in love with the same woman. The dexterous cast includes long-time NORPA collaborators Katia Molino and Phil Blackman alongside local talents Zoe Gameau, Claire Atkins, and performer Lloyd Allison -Young. They lead us through love in all its guises from deep friendship to infatuation, romance and heartbreak and of course sexual attraction and unbridled lust.

Love for One Night is a place based work, created to engage with a wide and diverse audience. The stories we tell in the show have been developed from interviews, research and story gathering with the community around Eltham and the Northern Rivers,” says Julian Louis, the show’s director and Artistic Director of NORPA. “These stories then form a jump off point for myself, the actors and the creative team to bounce around the rehearsal room and shape into the script and physical theatre concepts. It’s an exciting way of working that has nuance and authenticity.”

“Although Love for One Night was not created in direct response to the flood, it is a kind of love story to this region and our community who have been through so much. We wanted to create something beautiful, fun and joyous where people can come together and lose themselves for a night in the wonder of live performance.”

Join NORPA for an unforgettable night of theatre under the stars at The Eltham Hotel, a magical, atmospheric backdrop and place to gather and flirt and fall head over heels in love. For one night.

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The National Circus Festival today reveals its complete program for its 2022 festival, to be held from 26 September – 2 October at the Mullumbimby Showground, with the program bolstered by the inclusion of Australia’s most acclaimed circus company, Gravity & Other Myths.

It’s been a long 12 months for the Northern Rivers and National Circus Festival. The 2021 festival was cancelled due to COVID and then the company and its festival site in Mullumbimby was ravaged by the Northern NSW floods in February 2022. Today’s announcement sounds the triumphant 2022 return of the festival in magnificent style.

Leading the artist announcement today is one of Australia’s premiere acrobatic companies, Gravity & Other Myths who will presents their staple production ‘A Simple Space.’  Gravity & Other Myths is an acrobatics and physical theatre company that know few boundaries and their show ‘A Simple Space’, has achieved momentous international success, having performed more than 850 times across 34 countries and receiving multiple awards, most notably the IPAY Victor Award for People’s Choice.

‘Werk It’ from Victoria’s Circus Trick Tease, is the celebration of spandex, high-vis, vitality and vigour! A riot of colour and movement – big tricks delivered by an all-star cast with more sass and swagger than a TLC video clip.  The Brunswick Picture House will present ‘Cheeky Cabaret’, a two-hour adult show, casting some of the best talent on offer, smashing together circus, vaudeville, comedy, new burlesque and everything in between.

Further adding to the celebration will be a healthy contingent of internationally acclaimed artists, including international juggling sensation, Joe Fisher, the rivalled trio of Debra Batton, Sharon Gruenert and Spenser Inwood, who redefine their own form of circus in A Good Catch, and the internationally renowned natural exhibitionist The Space Cowboy with his unnatural ability to shock audiences with his innovative sword swallowing.

The festival will also host some of Byron Shire’s brightest stars from the world-famous bubble man, circus and sideshow artist, Dr Hubble, Spaghetti graduate success story Hannah Richards, and Spaghetti Circus Performance Troupeshow ‘Bails of Hey!’ 

Adding to the festival weekend will be a collection of onsite activations and marvels to keep the imagination bounding along, joining the already announced arrival of The Famous Spiegeltent for the first time in the region is the high adrenaline The Wheel of Death from Warren Brophy. Warren will take on the 500kg steel pendulum that reaches a height of 12 metres, performing acrobatics, skipping and even walking blindfolded all while maintaining his balance atop the rotating cage, without the aid of safety nets or wires,

The Globe is a fully interactive, colourful 25 meters retired hot air balloon. A sensory delight and experimental play space, that can be enjoyed from afar as the space inflates and embraced from within the colourful kaleidoscope of light. A delight for kids of all ages.

Further, the National Circus Festival has teamed up again with the Mullum Music Festival to deliver a collection of astounding local and national talent, including a Yidinji / Bar-Barrum man from far North Queensland, The Boy of Many Colours, who combines the sounds of the distant past and the modern age A multi-disciplinary artist, producing, writing, editing all his work; he is a talent not to be slept on.

Another highlight is the duo of Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum, who need no introduction. One is good with his fingers; the other is good with his mouth.  Beatbox sensation, Tom Thum and bohemian singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell combine to create original, genre-defying music that is ‘redefining musical parameters’.

National Circus Festival Director Alice Cadwell said she was excited to release the 2022 festival program and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the festival this year.

After the past 12 months it’s great to come back in such a strong fashion with an amazing program,” Alice said.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s National Circus Festival. It will be a chance for the whole community to come together, enjoy world-class shows featuring amazing artists, wonder at the 25-metre inflatable globe, join a workshop, and watch out for The Wheel of Death.”

“We have the Outdoor Cinema, music acts in collaboration with Mullum Music Festival and The Famous Spiegeltent! It will be fun for the whole family, unexpected delights, great food and coffee, and so much more.”

To be held at the Mullumbimby Showground from 26 September – 2 October, the National Circus Festival hosts a dual program with two distinct streams, including a four-day National Training Program from 20 – 23 September, assembling the nation’s best performers in one location to collaborate, trial new shows, develop existing works and skill share.

Following the training program, the weekend of 30 September – 2 October will see the festival go into full swing, with a program of more than 220 performers at five venues including two Big Tops and The Famous Spiegeltent.


National Training Program
Monday 26 – Thursday 29 September

Festival Weekend
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October

Mullumbimby Showground, NSW

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National Circus Festival is a celebration of circus for everyone.

SEE internationally acclaimed acts by Australia’s leading artists at one of our two big tops, the Famous Spiegeltent, aerial rigs, studios or under the fig trees. Wander through a 25-metre inflatable globe, meet roving performers en route to our family play space or lounge at the outdoor cinema.

HEAR the raucous applause of festivalgoers being blown away by impossible, daring feats. Share in the sheer delight and childish squeals of families enjoying physical theatre, street art and interactive play spaces.

FEEL the fear, excitement and anticipation as artists undertake death-defying stunts, swing from the trapeze at great heights, juggle danger and perform awe-inspiring acrobatics.

TASTE delicious meals as our food stalls take your tongue for a culinary adventure across the globe. Then take a stroll down Sweet Street for fairy floss, ice cream, crepes, popcorn and other saccharine delights.

BREATHE pristine air in paradise at the base of Mount Chincogan in the Byron hinterland. Truly one of the nature’s spectacles, Mullumbimby is a stunning place to host this magic event and come home to.

STAY for a day, the weekend or camp for the whole festival, you’ll find plenty to please the senses. And if it all gets too much, unplug, reconnect and wet your whistle at our festival bar The Plover and Pony.

National Circus Festival acknowledge the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we live, love, work & play.

National Circus Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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2022 has already been a whirlwind for country-pop rising star, Brittany Elise. She ignited the main
stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in April as a Top 10 Toyota Star Maker Grand
Finalist and was named Most Popular New Female Artist of the Year at the Australian Independent
Country Music Awards. Her recent single ‘Sunshine Hurricane’ blew into the CountryTown Hot 50
airplay charts at #35, where it remained for a whopping 4 months. Now she’s coming in hot with her
brand new track, ‘Feel The Fire’.

This new single is the type of vibrant release we’ve come to expect from Brittany Elise. Its title refers
to the too-often ignored, passion and ambition that stirs within many of us. “Go for that job, switch
careers, work overseas, go back to school, ask for a pay rise!“ she exclaims. Co-written with David
Carter (Carter and Carter), she set out to craft a song that would encourage listeners to “be fierce and
follow what’s burning inside of them.”

Produced alongside Adrian Hannan at The SongStore (Vanessa Amorosi, Delta Goodrem), the
explosive track embodies the empowering nature of Brittany Elise’s message. “We really wanted to
create a choir, anthem vibe throughout the production of this song to resemble a live audience.”
The accompanying video clip, shot by Golden Guitar winning Jay Seeney of Blacklist Productions,
continues the theme. “The whole production of this video was extremely fun and electric,” recalls
Brittany Elise. Filmed in the charming Macarthur/Wollondilly region, it features some breathtaking
scenery and of course, pyrotechnics. “It was super fun to include the CO2 cannon and firework

‘Feel the Fire’ is destined to be a rousing foot-stomper in Brittany Elise’s live set. “We are very excited
to get back out on the road. There is nothing like live music with great friends,” says the Queensland
native. This year will see her embark on the ‘Sunshine Hurricane’ tour – a list of over a dozen dates,
spanning from North Queensland to Tasmania, including an appearance at the beloved Gympie Music
Muster and an opening spot with freshly minted, Golden Guitar recipients, Darlinghurst.
Brittany Elise’s passion and need to inspire transcends her music; she also has a penchant for
philanthropy. Working with her local women’s shelter she started ‘Raise Your Voice’ – a concert to
empower female singer songwriters and supporters. This year’s sold-out show donated all of its
proceeds towards the shelter.

With each release Brittany Elise goes from strength to strength. ‘Feel The Fire’ is poised to be a winter
warmer worthy of even greater feats. With the release of this latest track, Brittany Elise has shown us
yet again that she is an exciting talent, not afraid to share her spark with the world – as the tune’s
lyrics attest – “I might make some mistakes / But I got what it takes, to feel the fire”.


Friday 12th August – Nebo Hotel – Nebo, QLD
Saturday 13th August – Magpies Sporting Club – Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th August – Sunday 28th August – Gympie Music Muster – Gympie, QLD
Saturday 27th August – Darlinghurst support act – Moonbar Moments – Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 1st September – Airlie Beach Hotel – Airlie Beach, QLD
Friday 9th September – Marcoola Surf Club – Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 17th September – Under the Trees Music Festival – Boyne Island, QLD
Thursday 22nd September – Charleville RSL – Charleville, QLD
Sunday 25th September – Salisbury Hotel – Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 28th September – The Hamilton Station Hotel – Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th October – Twin Towns Services Club – Gold Coast, NSW
Friday 30th December – Longley Hotel – Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 4th January – The Drunken Poet – Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th February 2023 – Agnes Blues and Roots Festival – 1770, QLD

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