The 10th Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is thrilled to announce its Opening Night event – The Australian premiere of Hollie Fifer’s controversial documentary The Opposition. The film will screen in Melbourne on Thursday 4 May and go on to screen in Canberra and Brisbane.
Steeped in legal disputes designed to block its release, The Opposition details the struggle of 3,000 residents of the Paga Hill community in Papua New Guinea, who watched helplessly as police bulldozed their homes to make way for a luxury resort. Two community leaders rose to help, but were driven down different paths when faced with a choice – keep fighting for justice or join the enemy.
This gripping documentary is Australian director Hollie Fifer’s debut feature. It grapples with a subject so inflammatory that it prompted one subject to file an injunction against the film’s release.
"Some stories pick you. This was one of those. The first time I met the Paga Hill community was on my second day in Papua New Guinea when they were dealing with a violent forced eviction - an egregious human rights abuse. We've been making the film together over five year and I’m so honoured this film will play in my home city of Melbourne at HRAFF - a leading human rights festival," says Fifer.
"We are absolutely delighted to be holding the Australian Premiere of The Opposition to open our milestone 10th Anniversary festival. We're so proud to be supporting emerging Australian filmmaking talent and this impressive feature film debut from director Hollie Fifer is not to be missed,' says the Festival’s Program Director, Lauren Valmadre.
The Opposition screens Thursday 4 May 6.30pm at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne with an introduction by director Hollie Fifer and protagonist Joe Moses. Opening Night celebrations continue downstairs in ACMI’s Lightwell with entertainment by musicians Onur and Emral from Festival event Key of Sea (Sat 13 May at Footscray Community Arts Centre).
The Opposition also screens in Canberra on 29 May at Palace Electric and Brisbane on 1 June at Palace Barracks.
HRAFF’s Opening Night is proudly presented by Bank Australia.
To book Opening Night tickets visit: hraff.org.au/the-opposition
The full program will be announced Tuesday 4 April. For more information about the Festival visit hraff.org.au
HRAFF 2017 FESTIVAL DATES:
MELBOURNE 5 May – 18 May
Film Venue: ACMI
Art Venues: No Vacancy, Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Immigration Museum, Fitzroy Library, Newport Substation, Koorie Heritage Trust
SYDNEY 23 May – 27 May
Venue: Dendy Cinema Newtown
CANBERRA 29 May – 31 May
Venue: Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE 1 – 3 June
Venue: Palace Barracks
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We love nurturing new female talent at Media Stockade so we are especially pleased to see the extraordinarily talented Sinéad McDevitt selected as part of the inaugural Commercial and Content Directing Mentorship supported by Australian Directors' Guild & Screen Australia. Can't wait to see where Sinead and the other mentorees are in a few years.
Media Stockade and Sinead have been collaborating on a documentary series The Love Experiment which generated much interest when pitched the AIDC FACTory event last week.
More information about the program here.
After so many challenges to get The Opposition in front of audiences, Media Stockade is delighted to announce that the film took home the top prize at FIFO Tahiti! Director Hollie Fifer was there to accept the award on behalf of the production team who all work tirelessly to ensure the film. This is the first of many film festivals for this important and controversial film. Next stop Norway!
Media Stockade projects, The Love Experiment and Double Happiness, have been selected for the AIDC FACTory pitch forum in March.
We are busily getting our pitches together and practising our power posing* for the big day. Delighted to be working with two talented and up and coming directors Olivia Martin-McGuire and Sinead McDevitt.
Bit more about the project here:
Double Happiness (Australia) – What is the New China Dream when it comes to love? Double Happiness explores contemporary China through the window of the $80 billion pre-wedding photography industry. Director: Olivia Martin-McGuire; Producer: Rebecca Barry & Madeleine Hetherton. Media Stockade.
The Love Experiment (Australia) - Humans crave connection. Yet 50% of our daily interaction is with a screen. In a global first, this series will attempt to reconnect the world via an uplifting social experiment – with a basis in hard science. Director/Co-Producer: Sinéad McDevitt; Producers: Rebecca Barry & Madeleine Hetherton. Media Stockade.
Following a successful 2015, Media Stockade is pleased to announce a new arm to the business with an Impact Campaign Consultancy and audience engagement platform, The Doco Club. The company is also delighted to announce the appointments of Teri Calder as impact producer and Danielle Kelly as Business Affairs Manager.
Media Stockade Company Director’s Rebecca Barry and Madeleine Hetherton said, “We are hugely passionate about both producing high-quality documentaries and ensuring they reach audiences and create a powerful impact. We are absolutely delighted to be able to formalize our leadership in the area of impact producing with both Teri Calder and Danielle Kelly joining the team.
Thanks to the generous support we’ve received from Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program, we can now continue our growth trajectory. Through both The Doco Club and our Impact Campaign Consultancy, these new initiatives will not only benefit our company, but will contribute to the overall growth of a wider network of Australian filmmakers who experience difficulty finding audience for their work.”
Media Stockade’s Impact Campaign Consultancy aims to work with social issues filmmakers to create powerful impact campaigns for public good, assisting to deliver a critical mass of screening events in non-theatrical settings – via communities, schools and businesses – that work to support a film’s social impact goals. The consultancy will provide a range of support and advice services including, strategy and fundraising support as well as the creation of dynamic customized materials to elevate and creatively support screenings.
New clients Media Stockade are working with on impact campaigns include Southern Light Films and Body Image Movements’ feature documentary Embrace (d: Taryn Brumfitt) and Tea Pot Films’ feature documentary Legacy (d: Tony Prescott).
The Doco Club, to be launched later in 2016, will offer alternative distribution avenues to independent documentary makers, return revenue to producers, and create a documentary viewing community beyond broadcast and theatrical screenings.
It will be an online platform, based on the concept of the ‘Book Club’ – bringing people together to watch and discuss well-crafted, powerful topic, social-impact films in public screening events. It is a return to the campfire, promoting and celebrating the power of film to evoke change and action. Madeleine and Rebecca said, “2015 was a huge year for Media Stockade with the release of our film Call Me Dad and the production of The Opposition. The Surgery Ship and I Am A Girl have also continued to have a global footprint. We can't wait to share our impact skills and activate documentary audiences.”Continue reading
Media Stockade has just launched its new website and portfolio.
We’re excited to be able to show off our work, projects, and keep you in the loop through our blog.
We’re still filling it up, expect more in the coming weeks. Check out our new reel