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Some Happy Day Film

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AUSTRALIAN FILM LAUNCHES AN IMPACT CAMPAIGN TO INSPIRE ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH CORPORATE HEAVYWEIGHTS, PUBLIC SECTOR AND BELOVED BRANDS

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AUSTRALIAN FILM LAUNCHES AN IMPACT CAMPAIGN TO INSPIRE ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH CORPORATE HEAVYWEIGHTS, PUBLIC SECTOR AND BELOVED BRANDS

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 somehappydayfilm.com/host-form

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 sacredheartmission.org/donate/

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 rowen@screenkind.com.au.

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.

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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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37th Bentley Art Prize promises to be a great event

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37th Bentley Art Prize promises to be a great event

 

By Samantha Elley

There has been a changing of the guard in the running of the 37th Bentley Art Prize for 2024.

For the past 18 years Bentley’s Helen Trustum has been running the show, but she has now stepped down and a new committee of eight, headed by Gordon Serone, will be taking over.

“Helen’s service to the community, for which we give hearfelt thanks, has been truly amazing,” said Gordon.

“We wish her a relaxing retirement and hope she’ll come along to join in the fun, with no responsibility.”

This year’s Bentley Art Prize is on the weekend of July 12-14, starting on the Friday night with a cheese and wine event.

“Judging will take place on Friday afternoon,” said Gordon.

“The deadline for entry submissions will be June 28 and all entries need to be at the (Bentley) hall by Thursday afternoon, July 11.

“Because the prize will be in the school holidays, if the schools want to deliver their submissions, they can deliver directly to 56 O’neill Road, Bentley.

“We’ve also changed the categories where we took out the Golden Oldies section because everyone is an oldie now.”

All the regular sponsors have continued with their support, collectively donating prizes of over $14,000.

“We are very thankful to Richmond Dairies, Richmond Valley Council, the Casino RSM Club, Macdonalds pharmacy and Dr Castagna and Richmond Valley Library,” said Gordon.

With the expectation of over 300 entries this year, Gordon said the event is shaping up to be a fabulous weekend.

“Starting with the entertainment by Jamie Sullivan on Friday night, Luke Vassella on Saturday and Croaker and the Honeybee and Sylvia Nowlan on Sunday,” said Gordon.

Judging will be done by artist Harry Westera. His work can be seen here.

The cost of submitting an artwork is $10, or free for school children.

 

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

 

By Samantha Elley

Put your expectations away and open your mind to the ‘edge of your seat’ experience you will be in for when you go to see The Circus in Coffs Harbour.

“We are a seventh generation circus family, originally from Germany,” said tour manager and matriarch, Marie Weber.

“We bring acts that have never been seen under the big top in Australia before.

“These include FMX (freestyle) riders, the splitting globe of death, comedians, aerialists and even a human cannonball.”

Patriarch, Harry Weber, has been involved in the circus touring life for the past 40 years and the family are excited to be in Australia.

“We have been touring in New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and other international areas,” said Marie.

That’s no mean feat with a family of eight children who have all grown up with the circus.

“We have performers from all walks of life,” said Marie.

“There are about 40 crew and performers, including those travelling with families.”

Marie said they are all like one big happy family, especially when they have been working so closely together for so long.

“Most of us have been working together for more than 10 years,” she said.

The Circus has just wound up six shows at Lismore Showgrounds and is now heading to Coffs Harbour where they have a giveaway on their Facebook page ‘Weber Bros Entertainment’ for two VIP packages and 10 double passes to their shows.

They will be performing their action packed shows at Coffs Harbour Showground between June 6th – 16th.

Book your tickets at 0452003300 or online at iticket.com.au for two hours of great family entertainment. Prices range from $35 – $85 for adults and $25-$70 for children.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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