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Ageing topics in unlikely places -- outside
the box, on the screen, under the radar...
ON STAGE, FOR
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Actor, author and activist, Michael J.
Fox, will visit Australia for the first time
ever to present his one-night only,
live stage production, A Funny thing
Happened on the Way to the Future, on
14 August at Melbourne Convention &
The event will showcase an
in-depth exploration of Fox's
professional and personal life.
The star of eighties and nineties
television and film was diagnosed with
Parkinson's disease in 1991. He has
since become an activist for research
toward finding a cure, launching the
Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster:
Available on DVD
What do you do once you are told you have dementia? A new Alzheimer's Australia Vic
film has sought to answer this question using the experience of three families who have
experienced the disease. Dementia: Taking the Next Step is also an information resource for
people living with dementia, their families and carers. The film, available for free on DVD, also
features medical comments by dementia specialist, Associate Professor Michael Woodward.
To order a copy of the DVD, contact Diana Fayle at email@example.com
FILM FESTIVAL FEVER
THE BAD NEWS is that by the time you
read this, the Sydney Film Festival (SFF)
in June will have ended. The good news
is that most of the films will be made
available via download or DVD, or will
soon screen at a mainstream or art-house
cinema near you. Our pick of the flicks
from the vast SFF program totals four
titles that either deal with issues relating to
ageing or disability, feature older people or
depict the ageing process.
First up is the feature film, Mabo, which
first premiered at the festival and later
screened on ABC TV in celebration of 20
years since the famous High Court decision.
The Blackfella Films production
introduces us to the man, Eddie Mabo,
and takes us on a journey from his younger
days though to his meeting the love of his
life, Bonita, embarking on his ambitious
and triumphant legal challenge to 'terra
nullius' (no man's land), and finally into
older age and the battle with cancer that
ultimately led to his death. The film is now
available on DVD in ABC shops.
Number two on the list is a moving film
from Hong Kong, A Simple Life, which looks
at the decades-long relationship between a
man and his devoted family servant.
After years of servitude, Ah Tao suffers a
stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing
home. There, she becomes part of a new
family made up of colourful characters
and roles are reversed as her former
employer, Roger, cares for her as she
enters the final phase of her life. Based on
a true story, A Simple Life delicately traces
a decades-long bond with pathos and
"Age is never so
old as youth would
The Wit of Porportuk
WATCH IT, BUY IT
A NEW TV documentary reveals secrets of
Australian centenarians. The 100+ Club airs
on ABC1 on Sunday, 1 July at 6.30pm, and
will be free to watch on iview for 14 days after.
The 30-minute doco takes a peek at the lives
of some of the club's exclusive members,
including the late Queen Mother, Rupert
Murdoch's mum, and an Englishwoman who
tweets with pop star, Peter Andre.
To watch on iview, visit www.abc.net.au/
iview/ or buy a copy at www.flickchicks.
Deborah Mailman, who plays Eddie Mabo's
wife Bonita in Mabo, stands next to the
real Bonita (aged in her 70s) on the red
carpet of the State Theatre film premiere.
Bonita received a standing ovation when
she appeared on stage at the end of the
screening, surrounded by younger family
members, and the film's cast and crew.
humour. The film is in Cantonese with English
subtitles. For details of the DVD release, visit
China Lion Film Distribution's website, www.
Capping off the list are I Anna -- a UK/
German/French part-psychological thriller,
part mature-love story -- and the French/
Austrian/German movie, Amour (see below).
Both movies will be in Australian cinemas in
- Organisers of the 61st Melbourne
International Film Festival (MIFF) have
just released the first glance of the 2012
festival program and it's looking like a
winner. Running from 2-19 August, so far we
know that the festival will repeat one treat
from SFF and Cannes, Amour by Michael
Haneke. This flick deals scenes of violence
and psychological riddles in its portrayal of
ageing, sickness and the lengths that some
go to for love. Octogenarian actors, Jean-
Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva star
as the couple, Georges and Anne, at the
centre of this intimate drama. Their love faces
the ultimate test when Anne suffers a stroke
and Georges takes on the role of carer, and
realises she will never get well.
The full program will be launched on July
10 with the festival program online at
www.miff.com.au from Wednesday 11 July
and in The Age on Friday 13 July.
A Simple Life
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