Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA May-Jun 2013 Contents HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY!
THE GREAT screen tradition, the Sydney Film Festival (SFF), is returning to celebrate its 60th
birthday this year with a 160-strong film program.
On offer from 5-16 June will be a cross-section of features and documentaries, international
films and Australian-made bests.
Much-loved by senior Australians, this year's festival program will include 24 Australian
premieres, 16 features and 11 documentaries produced from 16 countries, as well as the
world premiere of Australian performance artist William Yang's documentary William Yang: My
Generation, screening in partnership with ABC TV Arts and Vivid Ideas.
My Generation is William Yang's story of Sydney's artistic community from the mid 1970s to
the 1980s. Presented using the spoken word, image and live music, Yang retells of the visual arts
scene of the time, the strengthening of the Sydney gay and lesbian community and the flowering
of the Sydney Mardi Gras. He documents a time following women's liberation and sexual
liberation; a time he believes represented great change.
The festival will include the retrospective screening of the classic, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear
Window, which was released in 1954, the same year Sydney Film Festival began. The festival will
also feature a time-lapse video installation - a dissection of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic - on
the Festival Hub big screen.
The French drama, A Few Hours of Spring (Australian premiere), will also be of interest to AAA
readers. This film deals with the relationship difficulties between an elderly mother and older son.
SFF will run at its popular 'Hub venue' at the Lower Town Hall, the State Theatre, Event
Cinema George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Art Gallery of NSW and Hayden Orpheum Picture
Palace in Cremorne.
For tickets and full up-to-date program information, visit www.sff.org.au or call 1300 733 733.
"Cherish all your happy moments: they
make a fine cushion for old age."
-- American journalist, novelist and poet,
Ageing topics in unlikely places -- outside
the box, on the screen, under the radar...
THE NORTHERN TERRITORY Parliament is
now taking entries for the 2013 Portrait of a
Senior Territorian Art Award.
The annual competition and exhibition
highlights the achievements of older
Territorians and encourages excellence in
Entries are invited from Territory artists of all
ages. All entries must be received by close of
business, Monday 12 August.
Cash prizes are up for grabs and selected
art works will be on display in the Northern
Territory Parliament House from 7-18 October.
Winners will be announced on the last day of
Entry forms, including terms and
conditions, are available at: www.nt.gov.au/
IN THE NAME OF LOVE
AAA'S CULTURE page first looked at the
French film, Amour, when previewing the 2012
Sydney Film Festival in June last year.
Since then, the celebrated movie about
ageing, sickness, palliative care, caring and
'love', has gained much attention and provided
a key source of community-wide conversation.
Earlier this year Amour picked up a coveted Academy Award for best foreign language
film. The veteran 85-year old French actress, Emmanuelle Riva, was also nominated for
best actress for her portrayal of Anne, the central character, making her the oldest person
The film owes its success to its cast, crew and production qualities just as much as it
does to its well-executed human and universal themes.
The storyline's main characters -- the cultivated, retired music teacher couple, Georges
and Anne -- can be likened to any loved one in a viewer's life. And the characters' journey
through sickness is no different to what happens to most families facing terminal illnesses.
But what is special about this film is its powerful ability to make you feel for each
character and think about the real issues the aged care sector deals with every day. It's
also a great film to use for educational, advocacy and campaigning purposes.
Amour is due for DVD release this June.
For more details, visit www.sonyclassics.com/amour
By Yasmin Noone
IT'S BEEN 20 years since the Disability
Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) was passed
in an effort to recognise past legal wrongs,
implement legislative rights and make the lives
of millions of Australians a little bit easier.
To mark the significance of this milestone,
the Australian Human Rights Commission,
in partnership with the Sydney Community
Foundation, created the Twenty years: Twenty
Stories series of 20 inspiring films.
The films show how people have used
disability discrimination law to change their
lives and the lives of others.
The 20 stories are available at www.
Portrait of 'Khun Yib' by Chalermsri (Sri) Vout,
Darwin. Winner of the 2012 Portrait of a Senior
Territorian Art Award. Sri came to Darwin from
Thailand in 1992 and first met her subject
soon after. Ms Yib has provided fresh fruit
and vegetables at the Rapid Creek Markets
for over 20 years.
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