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The festivities kick off at 6pm at Customs House with a welcome drink followed by the screening of “The Star Hotel Riot” doco with Q&A’s with musician/filmmaker Chit Chat von Loopin Stab of the infamous 1990’s Australian alt rock band Machine Gun Fellatio. His short film reaches into the annuls of the 1979 Newcastle Star Hotel Riot, and draws out the stories from those who were there that night; the musos, the coppers, the rockstars, the drinkers, the media and journos who captured the passion; pushing Newcastle onto the world stage, for better or worse.

Followed by the Advanced Screening of “In My Blood It Runs” Directed by Maya Newell.
A rare insight into the world of 10-year old Dujuan, an Arrernte/Garrwa boy living in Alice Springs who is a child-healer, speaks three languages yet is ‘failing’ in school. As he faces increasing scrutiny from welfare and police, his family battle to keep him safe, grounded in language, culture and identity – the only solution they know works.

Followed by a panel discussion in response to Dujuan’s statement to the UN Human Rights Council; “I want my school to be run by Aboriginal people”.

Join us afterwards to celebrate the opening of the 2019 RFF. Drinks and canapes included.

A rare insight into the world of 10-year old Dujuan, an Arrernte/Garrwa boy living in Alice Springs who is a child-healer, speaks three languages yet is ‘failing’ in school. As he faces increasing scrutiny from welfare and police, his family battle to keep him safe, grounded in language, culture and identity – the only solution they know works.

RATING: Unclassified (PG)
RUN TIME: 85 mins
SYPNOSIS: Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.
DIRECTOR: Maya Newell
PRODUCERS: Sophie Hyde, Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, Larissa Behrendt, Maya Newell
CAST: Dujuan Hoosan, Megan Hoosan, Carol Turner, Margaret Hoosan, Colin Mawson, James Mawson, Jimmy Mawson
COUNTRY: Australia
DISTRIBUTION: Closer Productions


Opening Night

SHORT FILM 1: Stories of Our Town: Star Hotel Riot
RATING: Unclassified
RUNTIME: 26 mins
SYNOPSIS: This short film reaches into the annuls of the 1979 Newcastle Star Hotel Riot, and draws out the stories from those who were there that night; the musos, the coppers, the rockstars, the drinkers, the media and journos who captured the passion; pushing Newcastle onto the world stage, for better or worse.
DIRECTOR: Chit Chat von Loopin Stab
PRODUCERS: Chit Chat von Loopin Stab and Tony Whittaker of Carnivore Films

SHORT FILM 2: WESTPAC – Alfies Rescue Story
RATING: Unclassified
RUNTIME: 4 mins 24 sec
SYNOPSIS: There is nothing that compares to holding your newborn for the first time. It’s a moment of joy, relief, exhaustion and a little trepidation. For parents Daniel and Brookeit was an emotional ordeal and if not for the Westpac Rescue helicopter it may not have come at all.
PRODUCER: Rolling Ball Productions