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HOPE FOR HEARING LOSS
STARRING VETERAN Australian actor Peter
McAllum and directed by Sydney filmmaker
Yannis Nikolakopoulos, the National Relay
Service has produced a new short film to
help reach out to older people experiencing
The five minute film titled Princess
Flower captures the emotional challenges
experienced by older people with hearing loss
and highlights how the NRS can help older
Australians to maintain important connections
with family and friends.
Deborah Fullwood, managing director of
NRS Outreach, said the online video aims
to start a discussion about hearing loss with
older people in the community and their
families and friends.
Princess Flower is a follow-up to an earlier
m Quiet Signs of Love, which attracted over
one million views. While Quiet Signs of Love
uses storytelling to promote internet relay calls
to young deaf Australians, Princess Flower
focuses on the importance of communication
between older people and their loved ones.
View the video at:
"None are so old
as those who have
-- Henry David
Arts & culture
AWARD-WINNING UK director Sue Bourne has produced a
delightful documentary about six inspiring women aged over 70 who
are as daring in their fashion choices as they are in life. Fashion
Fashionistas follows the daily lives of Bridget, Daphne, Jean, Gillian, Sue and Lady
Trumpington, each with their own unique style and attitude.
Daphne is Britain's oldest model. Rediscovered at age 70, she has now been
modelling in the UK and internationally for 15 years. 75-year-old Jean who is known for
her bold street-style fashion works in a boutique store in Bath and was Gap's oldest
employee. For Sue, 73, fashion is all about pattern and colour, and bolder the better.
"Don't wear beige. It might kill you" is one of Sue's mottos.
Gillian, 87, has worked full-time in dance and choreography since the 1940s. While
often dressed in leggings when rehearsing on stage, Gillian also loves a mini-skirt and
maintains a rigorous daily exercise regime.
Fashion for these women is not about the latest trends or looking younger, but about
self-expression, personal identity and confidence.
These women are fearless and determined to live life to the fullest in pursuit of their
passions, regardless of their age.
Age also offers some liberation. At 91, Lady Trumpington is the oldest woman in the
House of Lords and she says she doesn't care if she shocks people anymore.
Interestingly, the documentary is also a film about reinvention and self-discovery. Sue
found her passion for art in her late 50s after a successful career as a cookbook author, and
Jean only started working in fashion at age 70, following the death of her husband. Navigating
a new life without her husband has been emotionally challenging but independence has also
offered a new beginning. She describes her late life as more adventurous.
While sometimes lamenting the physical process of ageing, these women are
determined to lead stimulating, fulfilling lives and to happily defy traditional stereotypes
and expectations of age.
Dubbed "pioneers for a different type of old age", they certainly shine on screen.
Fashion Fashionistas was produced for Channel 4's long-running TV documentary series
Cutting Edge. Purchase the DVD online from Wellpark productions.
Go to: www.wellparkproductions.com
Ageing topics in unlikely places -- outside
the box, on the screen, under the radar...
By Linda Belardi
Fashion-forward women redefining age
Princess Flower, short film produced
by the National Relay Service
FESTIVAL OF FLICKS
Sydney seniors film festival Young at Heart is
returning for its 9th year showcasing film premieres,
beloved classics and social activities for film buffs
over 60 from 15-23 March.
The annual event coinciding with NSW
Seniors Week will present screenings in Sydney,
Parramatta, Newcastle and Canberra with elements
of the program screening over 30 regional towns
across New South Wales.
Premieres this year include New York comedy
Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen and Sharon
Stone, Japanese family drama Like Father Like Son, and a new adaptation of Rome and
Juliet written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. New documentaries also
nclude Before You Know It, a candid and revealing portrait of gay seniors.
For program details and tickets visit: www.youngatheart.net.au
Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen
PALLIATIVE CARE Australia is working with
the Consumers Health Forum of Australia
on a project which seeks to give healthcare
consumers a stronger voice in discussions
on health. Through video, creative writing and
storytelling, dying people and their families are
sharing their stories on the CHFA's OurHealth
website, discussing topics such as pain
management, advance care planning and
caring for a loved one at home. Excerpts from
the multi-award winning documentary series,
LIFE before Death are also being shared as
part of the project.
Other consumer advocacy groups such as
the National Stroke Foundation and Australian
Pain Management Association are also
helping to share consumer stories online.
Find out more about the project at:
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