SONS & Mothers hits the UK in 2017

2017 has started in full force for SONS & Mothers as it commences the first of a series of screenings in the United Kingdom.

With thanks to Carousel who run the Oska Bright Film Festival we will be trickling across the country with our first stop in Brighton.

“Carousel helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it.”

Their Oska Bright Film Festival is testimony to that. In 2015 we were so proud to open their film festival. It was not long after that we were approached for a national tour.

“We were so proud to be a part of the uniquely powerful Oska Bright Film Festival in 2015,” said Director Christopher Houghton.

“We’re even more proud that they are supporting a series of screenings through 2017 that will see the travel to audiences across the UK.”

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SONS & mothers reaches the UK

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Multi- Award winning Documentary Sons and Mothers premieres in the UK at the Oskar Bright Film Festival in November 2015.

After it’s humble beginning at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2013 Sons and Mothers has gone on to win Best Documentary at Australia’s Antenna Documentary Feestival, Best Arts Documentary at the ATOM Awards. The Australian Academy of Cinema and Telvesion Arts awarded the film Cinemtagraphy and Best Sound and also nominated Christopher Houghton for Best Director and David Banburry and Elendil Archer for best editing.

“The film has warmed audience’s hearts and we’re very proud of what the film has achieved,” said Hougthon.

“It’s amazing to believe we have gone on to screen theatrically around the Australia, India, Switzerland, South Korea and now the UK.”

“We’re excited for it to be screening in the UK with such a prestigious and wonderful festival,” adds producer Louise Pascale.

“I met the team behind Oska Bright when they visited Adelaide and they blew me away. For them to enjoy and include our film is a wonderful honour.”

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The film will screen in two venues simultaneously, in Brighton at the Dome and in Cardiff at Chapter.

 

Read and Hear All About It!

Adding to our list of reviews is this one from Rod Lewis at Glam Adelaide.

On the countdown to our World Premiere screening at The Regal Theatre (ex-Chelsea Cinema) we had some great interviews and stories.

Here you can hear Alirio Zavarce, mother and son Rosemary and Duncan Luke and producer Louise Pascale talk to Deb Tribe on 891 Radio.

Here you can hear Director Christopher Houghton and mother Jill Wishart on 5RPH.

Then there was this beautiful write up from InDaily’s Suzie Keen.

Christopher and Louise also wrote a blog for Access to Arts and so did Rosemary and Duncan.

We had a small mention in Rip It Up.

Then on the day of our World Premiere there was this story on ABC TV news that went national.

Following on from our release, we had this in our local Messenger Newspapers.

Then comes the reviews, here’s the first from the ABC followed by Ana Solding for InDaily.

And if you pick up your November/December issue of RealTime Arts you can read this by Ben Brooker.

In the lead up to our ABC screening Director Christopher Houghton and Producer Louise Pascale each spoke on 5RPH.

SONS & mothers wins at 2015 AACTAs

 

Des & Maxx with the other AACTA winners

Des & Maxx with the other AACTA winners

 

On Tuesday 27 January the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awarded SONS & mothers two of its prestigious documentary awards.

A huge congratulations goes out our sound department, Des Kenneally, Will Sheridan, Pete Best and Scott Illingworth for their award of Best Sound in a Documentary. And to Aaron Gully and Maxx Corkindale for their award for of Best Cinematography in a Documentary.

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Des Kenneally & Maxx Corkindale with their awards.

 

Director Christopher Houghton and Producer Louise Pascale were in Sydney at the Awards luncheon with Des and Maxx who were their to receive the awards.

“In all we received four nominations and we were honoured for the Academy to recognise us,” say Christopher. “So to walk away with two statuettes was really the cherry on top.”

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Celebrating with our award.

 

The AACTA Awards tops off a great year for SONS & mothers where it had already won awards with the ACS, Antenna Film Festival and an ATOM Award.

Here is how it was covered by the South Australian Film Corporation, IF News and SBS.

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SONS & mothers scores four AACTA nominations

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The Fourth AACTA Awards has nominated SONS & mothers in four categories.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards are a continuum of the AFI Awards, which have honoured screen excellence in Australia since 1958. The AACTA Awards recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence.

The SONS & mothers nominations are:

Best Direction in a Documentary for Christopher Houghton

Best Cinematography in a Documentary for Aaron Gully and Maxx Corkindale

Best Editing in a Documentary for David Banbury

Best Sound in a Documentary for Des Kenneally, Will Sheridan, Pete Best and Scott Illingworth

We are so pleased for all these nominations and wish our talented and brilliant crew all the best for the Awards.

SONS & mothers screens at The Other Film Festival

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Following on from our win at Antenna Documentary Film Festival and the ATOM Awards SONS & mothers will screen at The Other Film Festival in Melbourne.

“We are so proud to be a part of a festival which celebrates the lived experience of people with a disability,” says Director Christopher Houghton.

“Our film aims to put our audience up close and personal with actors with a disability, so we feel right at home in the program.”

The Other Film Festival showcases the very best of new cinema about the lived experience of disability from around the world. Films are screened “in the most accessible way possible, delivering global best practice in meeting the access requirements of all patrons.”

This means it is another opportunity for us to screen the film with captions and audio description.

“I love being in an audience which is experiencing the film in such an accessible way,” says Houghton. “It brings home to me how cinema should be an experience for all audiences and not just some.”

Director Christopher Houghton will be attending the screening with a Q&A.

Click here to see screening details.

SONS & mothers awarded Best Arts Documentary

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The Australian Teachers of Media last week awarded Best Documentary – Arts to SONS & mothers. Since 1982, the ATOM Awards have been celebrating the best Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals.

They are the second-longest-running film and media awards in Australia, behind the AFI/AACTA Awards.

RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis hosted the event last Thursday attended by education and screen industry professionals, higher education students, screen funding body reps and sponsors. There were more than 600 entries from Australian and New Zealand media producers in 29 categories.

Click here to discover our fellow nominees in the Best Documentary category and read the full press release here from ATOM.

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Awards Us Best Australian Documentary

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On Sunday October 19 SONS & mothers screened in competition at Antenna Documentary Film Festival.

Now in its fourth year, Antenna is Australia’s premiere film festival dedicated to documentaries. This year’s program screened the very best documentaries from across the globe, with a program that was both intelligent and diverse. Challenging the conceptions and conventions of the world around us this Festival is passionate about celebrating and supporting established and emerging Australian.

This year saw just five Australian feature-length documentaries in competitions. They were all fine films and we were humbled to be singled out for the award of Best Australian Feature Documentary.

“To say we were shocked is an understatement,” said Producer Louise Pascale. “This festival truly celebrates the best of documentary and for them to award us Best Australian Feature Documentary was mind blowing.”

 

 

SONS & mothers screens on the ABC this October

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The screening date for the SONS & mothers broadcast on the ABC has been locked in.

Sunday 19th October at 10:15pm, in the Sunday Arts Up Late Docs timeslot we’ll premiere on Australian tv.

Our billing reads With a strict ‘no women allowed’ policy, the members of a men’s ensemble devise a theatre show that reveals a warts and all relationship each has with their mother.”

“I’m so pleased the ABC took this film and supported us to show it in its full length to the rest of Australia,” says Director Christopher Houghton. “It really respects the work of the artists.”

SONS & mothers will be introduced by Wesley EnochAustralian playwright and artistic director. 

The broadcast on the 19th coincides with two screenings in Sydney. On the same day we will also be screening in competition at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival and as part of the Walkleys Longlist at the New South Wales State Library.

And then there was the Walkley Longlist

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The Walkley Awards Longlist has been announced and we are proud to be among the six nominees.

Announced last week the judges said;

“Sons and Mothers” uses creative techniques to focus on the abilities, rather than disabilities, of its subjects. The judges felt that by allowing those in the film to tell their own stories, the film makers take a difficult subject and turn it into a compelling documentary.”

This category of the prestigious Walkley Awards is only three years old and it is a tough competition. From the Cronulla Riots to the history of Redfern Theatre to Afghanistan this year’s fellow nominees are diverse and compelling.

As part of our nomination, we will now be screening in at the NSW State Library on Sunday 19th October. You can book your place here.

Finalists will be announced on Thursday 16 October, sign up to our email list to keep up to date on our screenings and other news.