And then there was the Walkley Longlist


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.

Sydney it’s your turn.


SONS & mothers will be capping off its regional tour this October with a screening at Australia’s Antenna Documentary Film Festival. In just its fourth year, Antenna is proving itself each year to be one of Australia’s leading documentary film festivals.

“We were asked to be part of Antenna last year,” says producer Louise Pascale. “But we had to say no because we promised our world premiere to the Adelaide Film Festival. It’s now a year later and we are so glad to cap of our regional tour there.”

“It’s all about the timing.”

Not only are we screening in the festival amongst some fine Australian and international films we are in competition for Best Australian Documentary.

You can book tickets to our screening here.

We’re up for an ATOM!


ATOM, the Australian Teachers of Media, is Australia’s independent, not-for-profit who promotes the study of media in Australian schools. The membership of ATOM are primarily teachers and lecturers across all disciplines and levels of education.

They are the producers of metro magazine and educational support material that allows teachers to bring Australian films in to the classroom. In fact we here at POP engaged them to write our very own study guide.

ATOM also annually awards documentaries, tv series and dramas for film and media excellence in education and the wider industry. This year SONS & mothers has been nominated for Best Documentary – Arts.

Awards to be announced in November and we’re excited to be in such excellent company.

Good luck team!

Facebook Makeover


As we’ve announced SONS & mothers is hitting the road on a regional tour with the stage show.

In the past we have found audiences become confused about which is the documentary and which is the show because we both share the same title.

So to help everyone out we’ve decided to create a facebook page just for the documentary.

Check it out and like us so we can keep you up to date with what is happening with the film.

We’ll be posting news from our Adelaide screenings, information about our study guide, profiles on everyone and updates of our regional tour.

We also have announcements about upcoming screenings that we can’t share just yet, so jump on Facebook and subscribe here to make sure you keep up with it all!

In a cinema near you.

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SONS & mothers is on the road with a series of screenings across Australia.

We’re pleased to announce the documentary will be on tour with the Men’s Ensemble who are taking their acclaimed stage show to regional Australia.

“While we emphasis the documentary and stage show are two different experiences, we are so pleased audiences have the chance to see both,” says producer Louise Pascale. “We love any audience, where ever they are, having the opportunity to see the documentary on a big screen.”

As either a teaser for the stage show or a retrospective look at how it came together there are a range of venues who will be hosting a screening.

You can check out here where in Australia you can catch it in the coming months.

SONS & mothers hits the highway!

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For all those who have been asking where can I see SONS & mothers? We are pleased to say we finally have an answer.

SONS & mothers the stage show and documentary are hitting the highway in 2014. From August to October you can catch the Men’s Ensemble of No Strings Attached on stage and on the big screen as Performing Lines takes it on a regional tour of Australia.

“It was great to hear that audiences around Australia will be seeing this amazing and heartfelt play,” says Producer Louise Pascale. “And to be able to see the documentary too is a great bonus for audiences. They get to not only see the show, but how it came together.”

In the documentary audiences are also able to meet the member of the Men’s Ensemble who did not make it to the stage, and find out why.

The Regional Tour will kick off at the Darwin Festival in August and go to Mandurah, Perth, Kalgoorlie, The Gold Coast, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, Wangaratta, Orange, Bathurst, Hobart, Bendigo, Portland before winding up in Renmark and Port Pirie.

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The Victorian Premiere!

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SONS & mothers hits the Festival Circuit in 2014

Kym waving

While it may sound like things have gone quiet on the SONS & mothers front, behind the scenes the opposite is happening. We are proud to make the first of a series of announcements of screenings for our feature documentary in 2014.

The first is the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival in Melbourne.

Screening at the Australian Centre of Moving Image our Victorian premiere will be followed by a panel discussion including documentary Directory Christopher Houghton and Alirio Zavarce and Kym MacKenzie of No Strings Attached.

If you’re in Melbourne you can book tickets here or just pass this email along to your friends interstate.

The next is our International Premiere at the prestigious Lucerne International Film Festival in Switzerland. LiFF is an international film festival that prides itself on showing, independent and unique films.

On their website they write;

Our program is unique and most of the films cannot be seen in the mainstream theaters. Quality and content are of high importance – heartfelt and moving stories are the soul of the festival.

A perfect match for our SONS & mothers.

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SONS & mothers Wins Gold!

Maxx Corkindale and Aaron Gully with Peter James

Maxx Corkindale and Aaron Gully with Peter James

Less than two weeks after its World Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival SONS & mothers wins its first award.

This year at the annual Australian Cinematographers Society SA & WA awards Aaron Gully and Maxx Corkindale won Gold in Documentaries TV & Cinema for SONS & mothers.

In Aaron and Maxx’s acceptance speech they thanked the team at POP Pictures, Christopher Houghton (Director) and Louise Pascale (Producer). Aaron called the film “an enlightening and eye opening experience” and as a result he rings his mum a lot more now.

Its sublime cinematography and intimate frames makes SONS & mothers a stand out piece in contemporary Australian documentaries. POP Pictures is very proud of the win and extends its gratitude to Aaron and Maxx for their dedication to a production that spanned 18 months.

They are exceptionally pleased for Maxx who began the project as second camera, but through the production was promoted to Director of Photography. His eye matched Aaron’s to the point it was hard to tell them a part in the edit suite.

Their win now places them in contention for the National Awards in Queensland in May 2014.

Good luck boys!

You can check out this award winning work in Adelaide at the Trak Cinema until November 9.

And We’ve Launched!

Last Sunday saw SONS & mothers launched at The Adelaide Film Festival. Surrounded by the Men’s Ensemble, friends, family and documentary lovers filmmakers Christropher Houghton and Louise Pascale celebrated three years of love and hard work.

Best expressed in pictures.

The Red Carpet                  PJ & Rosemary panel 3 panel 2 Panel 1 Our Sons and mothers Nick and Kelly Michelle, Aaron, Dylan Louise & Q Kym, Jane, Duncan Foyer Damien & June Family Chris & LouiseChris, David & Denise Alirio, Juliette & Chris A mothers love