Thursday, June 2, 2016

Why all Australians & the world need to watch CHASING ASYLUM!

CHASING ASYLUM ✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪ out of 5
(Opens 2nd June) Luna Cinemas and around Australia. 


   I attended a very early screening of this film with about five others on a Sunday morning. I don’t easily give up my Sunday mornings away from my family, but I wanted to understand this issue that constantly headlines our news here in Australia. I hadn’t formed an opinion on the refugee debate because it all seemed too hard, too unsolvable, and, to be frank, it didn’t impact my life. I attended because I, finally, did want to understand this issue, and the trailer promised to peel back the veil of rumor. I expected the documentary to be upsetting but enlightening. What I didn’t expect was to be moved to tears and frustrated anger that still resonates more than six weeks later.
  What director Eva Orner and her brave whistleblowers have done is take us inside the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, no holds barred. They’ve done it with great craft and in the fly-on-the-wall style of great documentaries, they’ve said: “Here’s the reality. You decide.”
   A picture paints a thousand words. This one paints a thousand tears. And more. You can argue all you want Australian society cannot handle an influx of refugees, that these people have jumped some kind of fictitious queue, that lurking among these refugees might be terrorists in disguise and the myriad of other memes doing the rounds in the uneducated circles. What you cannot argue is no matter how much we need to protect our borders or our way of life, we have no right to imprison people who have done no wrong to our country and committed no crime. What you cannot justify, no matter your political persuasion, is that we should treat other human beings like they are animals.
  

   If animals were kept in cages and treated as shown in Chasing Asylum, you can bet it would make headline news with pictures of the creatures being rescued. These poor people’s imprisonment does not make headline news because you are not allowed to see the images. You can see dogs and horses being mistreated, but you can’t see these refugees' terrible circumstances because the Federal Government passed The Border Force Act—the most un-Australian of laws—last year. This act prevents anyone who works at any of the refugee centres from speaking about or taking pictures of the environment there. It works like this: If you are a doctor there and treat a patient, you cannot talk about it, write an article or comment publicly about the damage you believe is occurring to people psychologically or physically while being supposedly cared for by the Australian government.

   The act was passed with bipartisan support. Only the Greens opposed it. Shame on those who voted or didn’t oppose. In speaking out, you risk two years imprisonment. 
    In an unprecedented move, doctors who treated one of the poor, young men on Manus Island, who died unnecessarily from an infection, spoke to Four Corners in a damning expose. Here’s the link to the broadcast: FOUR CORNERS  The callous disregard for this young refugee, which allowed him to die, is inexcusable. If this had occurred at any hospital or government department facility tasked with caring for human beings, there would be an enquiry and outrage. But these are refugees; they deserve what they get. That’s the line we are fed.
   Of course, most Australians have already made up their minds about refugees, but I suggest this to you. Have you really made up your mind, or has your mind been influenced by the politics of the matter, and by the Government’s silencing of people who can tell the real story? Have the suppressed images and video, and swayed opinion via inflammatory press releases been the reason you’ve made that decision?  Kind of rings very similar to a certain U.S. president who assured the world a Weapons of Mass Destruction cache was hidden in Iraq, and, therefore, we all needed to go to war. Oil wasn’t mentioned, but yell nuclear weapons and terrorists, and we’re all in, right? If you had both sides of the argument by viewing Chasing Asylum, I think most reasonable Australians would form a different opinion on the matter. That’s why you don’t have the facts. The government, and this is both parties, want to deal with this behind closed doors, because it’s kind of nasty, kind of evil, and kind of NOT AUSTRALIAN.
 
  So the government ministers in their safe, warm homes assure the Australian people that we need to treat refugees—and keep in mind, these are people fleeing for their lives for the most part, not people who don’t like their jobs—with the highest form of deterrence, imprisonment and possible death from lack of care. This will fix the problem. Although it hasn’t. They still come, and we've spent more than a billion dollars imprisoning only a few thousand. Yep, that’s a billion, I said. Let’s also tell the Australian people a myriad of lies about what is a refugee, how much we are doing for refugees with our intake, and that we can’t do anymore, or we’re all going to lose our jobs and lifestyle. God forbid, we can’t afford McDonalds twice a week, or the latest video game, or that extra Foxtel channel package.
  Just as Eva Orner and her crew have done, I challenge Australians to educate themselves on this important matter. Go see Chasing Asylum now, while it’s in the cinemas. These poor, desperate men, women, and children are in these prisons, right now. They are being injured and damaged, psychologically and physically, right now. Don’t wait to see this on DVD/Stream. Read up on the truth on asylum seekers.  What does this say about us as Australians when we allow our Government to speak on our behalf on this issue of humanity. These falsely and illegally imprisoned people need our help now!

   
   Yes, we are the lucky country. To be born in Australia is a lottery win. Do we really have the right to turn our backs on people who didn’t win the lottery? They breathe, they love their families, and they have dreams like us. We can’t save everyone, but we can do a much better job than we are doing right now. This film proves it.
  Whenever I see a film about the concentration camps of WW2 Germany, the atrocities committed, and the utter disdain for human life, I always say “Let’s hope we never forget.” These war films, I believe, are important so we are reminded we must remain vigilant against discrimination and hatred. If you study history, all discrimination comes from fear. Fear that these other people with different skin color, different eyes, different beliefs or customs will take something from our lives. How about thinking the other way? How about thinking how much they add to our lives? We are a country built on immigrants. Our culture is firmly multi-cultural. My children are second-generation Italian. I value that. My family values that. Rejoice in our differences.
   I'm reminded of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”  Please, Australia can we help ourselves to be better world citizens.  We cannot do everything, but we can and must do more for these people. Close the detention centres now. Stop thinking about our blessed and wonderful lifestyle circumstance as a right. It is a privilege, a lucky, lucky happenstance of birth.
   Chasing Asylum is the most important of documentaries because it tells a truth that has until now been twisted. It tells it bravely. It tells it with heart. If every Australian saw this film, things would change and our future as a country would be changed, and the future of some desperate people would be changed. If not, we will look back in twenty, thirty, fifty years’ time and shake our heads. How quickly we have forgotten.

Links to the website:  http://www.chasingasylum.com.au/
To learn more about the book: Chasing Asylum: A Filmmaker's Story


Jenny Seaton interviews Eva Orner on CurtinFM on Chasing Asylum 1st June 2016. The first few minutes are not great as Eva was on a mobile phone and not in the studio. Howevery they improve. She has an important message, so do listen. 



Film Blurb
Oscar winner Eva Orner's (Taxi To The Dark Side) explosive documentary exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how political leaders have chosen detention ahead of compassion and governments deprive asylum seekers of their human rights.
   Featuring never before seen footage shot inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, CHASING ASYLUM looks at the impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
   Exploring the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to detain families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, CHASING ASYLUM promises to be a flashpoint for discussion in this federal election year.

SPECIAL EVENTS
CHASING ASYLUM: DIRECTOR Q & A 
Date: SUNDAY 5 June
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking

   Oscar winner Eva Orner's (Taxi To The Dark Side) explosive documentary exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how political leaders have chosen detention ahead of compassion and governments deprive asylum seekers of their human rights.
   Featuring never before seen footage shot inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, CHASING ASYLUM looks at the impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
   Exploring the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to detain families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, CHASING ASYLUM promises to be a flashpoint for discussion in this federal election year.

   Join us for a special Q&A screening event with Oscar winner Eva Orner who will be  Luna Leederville on Sunday 2 June to present and talk about her explosive documentary feature following the 5.15pm session. Eva will also be on hand to sign her book provided by Northsidebooks courtesy of Harper Collins

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What's on in film this week 26th May 2016?


The Nice Guys ✪✪✪½ Opens May 26 Most Cinemas
It’s been awhile between noir films for director and screenwriter Shane Black. His last big film was 2013 Iron Man 3, which most fans agree was the weakest of the series. I quite liked it myself, but many complained that he’d lessened the character with all the soul searching and tears.
   Black is better known for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (also starring Downey Jr), The Long Kiss Goodnight (Gena Davis), and The Lethal Weapon (Mel Gibson) series. He’s back in familiar territory with The Nice Guys, pairing grisly and jaded enforcer Jackson Healy (Russel Crowe) with wise guy Holland March (Ryan Gosling) as the mismatched pair. Throw in spunky daughter (Angourie Rice These Final Hours) who insists on tagging along, and you have a quite a fun piece of entertainment. Fabulous to see another West Australian actor doing so well and at such a young age with Angourie.
  This is a good, solid, quirky film, thanks to a good script and powerful charisma between the three lead actors. Great casting. One for the mature, smart audience.
Film Blurb
Shane Black (Iron Man 3) directs this police drama set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centering on a pair of detectives who stumble into a sprawling conspiracy while investigating the alleged suicide of a once-prominent female porn star. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling top-line this Warner Bros. release that reunites Lethal Weapon scribe Black with that film's producer, Joel Silver.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ✪✪✪½ Opens May 26 Most Cinemas
   Johnny Depp, I don’t love your attitude to breaking Australian laws. I agree, too much was made of your wife Amber Heard bringing your dogs into Australia without declaring them while you worked on Pirates of the Caribbean #100, or whatever they are up to.  You should have received a fine and not been dragged into court. Silliness. However, your behavior recently was very disingenuous and name calling is very unbecoming, no matter who you are. Calling Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce names just seemed rather childish. I prefer his response to you after you mentioned his relationship in appearance to a tomato.
   Anyway that aside, I didn’t mind your latest film. Not having been a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland, I expected the worst, but its colourful, bright, and moves along at a nice little pace. A tad scary for the young ones, I think it will still entertain most. Sad to hear Alan Rickman’s voice as Absolem. He is sadly missed. Whoever will replace him? Wish we could go back in time and save him.
                                            
Film Blurb
In Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with "Alice in Wonderland.” "Alice Through the Looking Glass" reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter's father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father's footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends - and enemies - at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

HUNT FOR THE WILDER PEOPLE ✪✪✪½ Opens May 26 Most cinemas &  Luna Cinemas)
   This is a delightful film, albeit, perhaps a little cliché. However, Sam Neill is always good value, and never so much as when he plays oddball, cantankerous characters, (I think he has the face and expressions for it). Julian Dennison as young Ricky, the wayward child who has so much spunk he’s too much for most of his foster families is such a great child actor.
  The Wilder People is brought to you by the same gang led by Taika Waititi who created What We Do in The Shadows and Boy. It has very New Zealand comedy, which is screwball to say the least.  I don’t think I loved it as much as many of my compatriot reviewers. A couple said it was one of the funniest films they’d seen in ages. It’s just a nice little comedy from the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Film Blurb
   Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

HUNT FOR THE WILDER PEOPLE Opening night  
Date: Thursday 26th May
Time: 6:00 pm for film start 6:30 pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking
To celebrate the release of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Luna Cinemas Leederville we will be hosting  a sweet as Opening Night party on Thursday 26 May. (6pm arrival, 6.30pm film start).

Pre-show entertainment includes musical entertainment by GC Peter Barr from RTRFM spinning chur wild tunes to get you in the mood to party and special treats for all your cuzzie bros!

This bun- fight will include pop-up bar, Varsity Burgers on-site serving up their delicious  'Notorious P>I>G>' sliders for all guests, Siena's  pizza, and a delicious healthy Wilderpeople survival snack  treat from our good mates NOOD. Our friends from Little Leaf Co are also setting up on site creating their take on the NZ-wilderness to complement our fancy-pants green carpet arrivals. Dress your skuxx-edst and we might even take a photo of your mug!
    We advise that you brush up on your New Zealand slang before you see the film. 


God Willing ✪✪✪✪ Opens June 2  Luna Cinemas
SNEAK PEAKS THIS WEEKEND FRIDAY 27TH MAY TO SUNDAY 29th MAY Luna SX & Cinema Paradiso
This Italian cinema at its best. What they do so well is mock themselves. This time writer-director Edoardo Falcone takes on Catholicism, pitting medical based atheism against the almighty belief. In the first half of the film, the laughs are thick and fast. In fact, I haven’t heard an audience laugh so much and so loud in a long time. Most of the comedy comes from the fabulous timing of Marco Giallini as the arrogant Tommaso, the surgeon appalled his son has decided to become a priest. The characters are rich, their lives based on a familiarity with which we can identify, and even the slapstick, although minor, is perfect. 
  The second half, although still amusing, settles in to deal with the issues of belief as Tomasso becomes obsessed with proving to his son that the charismatic priest, whom he believes has brain-washed his son, is indeed a fraud.
   My Italian mother-in-law laughed and thought it was a great film and gave it four stars. She, also, commented it had a perfect ending. With that I have no disagreement. It reminds me of the sweet French comedy The Bélier Family which screened late last year. Films with genuine comedy and heart. Hollywood please note, yes, you can be funny without the excessive drinking and toilet humour. Go see this. It is a delight.

Film Blurb
   The #1 smash-hit comedy success of the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival (where it premiered as the Opening Night Gala), this wildly entertaining and multi award-winning debut feature from writer-director Edoardo Falcone is the story of an almighty battle of wills that pits a man with a God complex against the hip local priest.
   Tommaso (Marco Giallini) is an esteemed and defiantly self-confident cardiac surgeon, and an unabashed atheist. But the veneer of his perfect life is abruptly cracked when his only son Andrea (Enrico Oetiker) brings the family together for an important announcement; it’s not a heavily speculated-upon declaration relating to his sexuality, but rather – to his father’s great horror – his intention to abandon his medical studies to become a priest!
    Tommaso refuses to accept his son’s newfound vocation, and decides to ‘go undercover’ to expose the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Alessandro Gassman) whom he is convinced has brainwashed his son. Meanwhile the other members of the family – unfulfilled wife Carla (a wonderful Laura Morante) and listless daughter Bianca – are provoked by Andrea’s revelation in different ways, undertaking their own renaissance-of-sorts…
WINNER – AUDIENCE PRIZE – 2015 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2015 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2015 ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS

SPECIAL EVENTS
HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL
Date: Opens May 30 – June 1
Time:  Various Times
Location: Luna on SX, Fremantle Details and Booking

Mon 7.00 (They will have to kill us)18+
Tuesday 7.00 (Chasing Asylum + Q&A) MA15+                  
Wednesday 7.00   (Bad Kids) 18+

   Immerse yourself in award-winning films that showcase engaging human stories from around the world. Fresh from the international festival circuit, award-winning filmmakers and artists will introduce you to incredible people and fascinating places. Rich in drama, insight, hope and humour, HRAFF invites you to open your eyes to the world around you.
   The 2016 program consists of three film screenings, including They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile (18+), Sundance 2016 award-winning film The Bad Kids (18+) and highly-anticipated Australian documentary Chasing Asylum (MA15+)

CHASING ASYLUM ✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪ (Opens 2nd June)
Date: Tuesday 31st May as part of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 7PM
Festival opens
Time: check website for times
Location: Luna SX Fremantle Details and Booking

   REVIEW NEXT WEEK IN DETAIL FOR THE OPENING. A MUST SEE FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS AND ANYONE WHO HAS EMPATHY.

Oscar winner Eva Orner's (Taxi To The Dark Side) explosive documentary exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how political leaders have chosen detention ahead of compassion and governments deprive asylum seekers of their human rights.
   Featuring never before seen footage shot inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, CHASING ASYLUM looks at the impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
   Exploring the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to detain families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, CHASING ASYLUM promises to be a flashpoint for discussion in this federal election year.
   Join us for a special Q&A screening event with Oscar winner Eva Orner  who will be  Luna Leederville on Sunday 2 June to present and talk about her explosive documentary feature following the 5.15pm session. Eva will also be on hand to sign her book provided by Northsidebooks courtesy of Harper Collins

CHASING ASYLUM: DIRECTOR Q & A   (opens 2nd June)
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Date: SUNDAY 5 Junen but also screening May 31 May at Luna SX as part of the Human Rights Festival
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking

   Oscar winner Eva Orner's (Taxi To The Dark Side) explosive documentary exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how political leaders have chosen detention ahead of compassion and governments deprive asylum seekers of their human rights.
   Featuring never before seen footage shot inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, CHASING ASYLUM looks at the impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
   Exploring the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to detain families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, CHASING ASYLUM promises to be a flashpoint for discussion in this federal election year.
   Join us for a special Q&A screening event with Oscar winner Eva Orner  who will be  Luna Leederville on Sunday 2 June to present and talk about her explosive documentary feature following the 5.15pm session. Eva will also be on hand to sign her book provided by Northsidebooks courtesy of Harper Collins

In The House (classics)
Date: February 12 – May 27
Time: Friday 7pm
Location: Event Cinema Innaloo Details and Booking
Tickets: Non Cine Buzz member tickets $12 Member Tickets: $10*
HOSTED BY SHANNON HARVEY from THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Friday 27th May - Star Trek: Wrath of Khan (PG)

Some of cinemas most celebrated films are set to return to our screens in the 2016 season of ‘In The House’!
Join the conversation on the dedicated In The House Facebook page and tell us what YOU want to see back up on the big screen here.

BE HERE NOW: The Andy Whitfield Story  
Date: Saturday May 30
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Event Cinemas Innaloo Details and Booking

This is a Tugg event. THIS FILM HAS 90 tickets LEFT and is going ahead. Brought to screen by Leap Frog Films in support of Lymphoma Australia
An inspiring love story between television superstar, Andy Whitfield, of “Spartacus” (McLeod’s Daughters, Packed to the Rafters) fame and his charismatic wife, Vashti, who together take on the most heroic role he’s ever had to play. With matching 'Be Here Now' tattoos on their forearms, they go on a quest to heal Andy from a cancer diagnosis – by embracing life, rather than fear. They openly allowed filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, to follow their dramatic and intimate roller coaster, in the hopes that by sharing their journey, they may help inspire others with challenges and dreams. And, it’s their determination, courage, healthy dose of humor and love, that shows us that the journey is more important than the destination.

EXHIBITION: PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN   
Date:   Saturday May 28 & Sunday May 29
Time: 1:00pm  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Northbridge Details and Booking

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse offers fresh insights from international gardening experts and art critics in order to bring the history of the garden’s relationship with art to life. Interviews with renowned
modern artists Lachlan Goudie and Tania Kovats will also reveal how the relationship between the artist and the natural world continues to flourish in the 21st century. Join us for a magical journey through the world’s most beautiful artist gardens and the enduring masterpieces they inspired.

SHAKESPEARE LIVE! FROM Royal Shakespeare Company ... ENCORE!  
Date:   Saturday May 28 & Sunday May 29
Time: 1:00pm  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Windsor Cinema Nedlands Details and Booking
    Celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy in all the arts to mark the 400th anniversary of the world’s greatest playwright  with an embarrassment of riches that includes His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales treading the boards for us!

   Hosted by David Tennant (Dr Who), this star-studded show from the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. Captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran has assembled an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Minchin, Rufus Wainwright, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Joseph Fiennes, the cast of Horrible Histories, The Royal Ballet, English National Opera (ENO), Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many more, to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.