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Power Meri (74mins)
Road to Rescue – Westpac Story (41 mins)
Closing Night
5pm Sunday 28th October

Power Meri takes place in a country with appalling rates of domestic violence. One of the few arenas in which PNG women can show their strength is through sport.

Proud, strong and hopeful, the pioneering women in the PNG Orchids team have overcome more challenges than most to play their much-loved national sport. It takes audiences on a journey through rarely-seen corners of PNG and behind the scenes of women’s sport.

Following the Orchids through selection trials, arduous training with a fly-in-fly-out Australian coaching mentor, and diverse personal struggles as they face the world champion Australian Jillaroos and compete at the world cup. But their mission is greater than winning.

If they can perform like men on the rugby field, can they change attitudes about the treatment and status of women back home?

Q&A session with filmmakers, NRL players and Westpac Rescue team

Road to Rescue – Westpac Story (41 mins)

The Rode to Rescue documentary follows the journey of group of mountain bike riders, who travel 500km from Woolgoolga to Tamworth, to ensure that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter continues flying 24-7 as a free service in Northern NSW. The film showcases the hard work of the riders and support crew, along with their personal stories of heartache and courage, and coming together as a family to raise vital funds for the community owned service.


Q&A with the Following:

Madeleine Hetherton – Producer

Madeleine Hetherton is an experienced and multi-award-winning director and producer. She works across a range of documentary and factual programs broadcast in over 60 countries across networks including ABC, BBC, Discovery, Nat Geo and Al Jazeera. In 2012, she co-founded the independent production company Media Stockade with Rebecca Barry – www.mediastockade.com . Most recently she produced the 8 x 1hr series ‘The Surgery Ship’ for National Geographic Channel.






Graham Nickisson – Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Aircrew Officer

Graham Nickisson (Nicko) joined the Service as a volunteer crewman in 1981 through his involvement with the Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club. In 1989, he became a full-time crewman and assumed the role of Crew Chief for a number of years. He finished up as Crew Chief in 2010 and resumed the roles of Air Crewman and Rescue Crewman, in order to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.

Graham recalls some of the significant jobs he has been involved with including Australia’s worst ever road accident the Kempsey bus crash, the floods in north western NSW, the Pasha Bulker rescue on Nobby’s Beach and the Newcastle earthquake. Nicko is widely respected throughout emergency services as an expert in aeromedical evacuation, especially with winching operations. Three years ago, he became part of the Service’s Operations Media Liaison team and stepped-up his role as a guest speaker at community events speaking about the work of the Service.

He has contributed to thousands of missions during his operational career and we believe Graham to be one of the longest serving civilian Aircrew Officers in Australia. Nicko is well known across the community for his big heart and passion for the Service.

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Power Meri


October 28, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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183-185 King Street
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