LAST CHANCE: "The Family" - ACS Vic Screening and Q&A | TONIGHT | With cinematographer Jaems Grant ACS and director Rosie Jones | Tuesday March 13th 2018

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ACS Victoria presents a screening of this moving dramatised documentary "The Family" followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Jaems Grant ACS and Director Rosie Jones on Tuesday March 13th 2018

ACS Victoria proudly presents "The Family"
Screening from DCP and followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Jaems Grant ACS and director Rosie Jones. Tuesday March 13th 2018 at 7pm.

'The Family' - An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia’s most notorious cults, and the scars its survivors still bear today.

Anne Hamilton Byrne

Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic and delusional. She was also
incredibly dangerous. Convinced she was a living god, Hamilton-Byrne headed an apocalyptic sect called The Family, which was prominent in Melbourne from the1960s to the 1990s. With her husband Bill, she acquired numerous children – some through adoption scams, some born to cult members – and raised them as her own. Isolated from the outside world, the children were dressed in matching outfits, had identically dyed blonde hair, and were allegedly beaten, starved and injected with LSD. Taught that Hamilton-Byrne was both their mother and the messiah, the children were eventually rescued during a police raid in 1987, but their trauma had only just begun.

The children of The Family

With survivors and cult members telling their stories alongside the Australian and international detectives who worked the case, this confronting feature documentary exposes not just what happened within the still-operating sect but also within the conservative Melbourne community that allowed The Family to flourish.

Director Rosie Jones is an award-winning documentary writer, director and editor. Her most recent film, The Family, is an investigative work about the notorious Hamilton-Byrne cult that premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016. Previous films include The Triangle Wars, about an epic struggle over development on an iconic Australian foreshore, Westall '66: A Suburban UFO Mystery, an investigation of Australia's biggest mass UFO sighting, and Obsessed with Walking, an exploration of psychogeography with writer Will Self. She has also edited numerous documentaries commissioned by Australian and international broadcasters.

Jaems Grant ACS

Jaems Grant ACS has been a cinematographer for about thirty five years. In 1975 he worked on his first film, “Pure Shit”, as directors assistant/continuity and general roustabout, learning heaps from the cinematographer, Tom Cowan. Jaems then began to shoot films and documentaries. After a couple of years at The Film House, working as assistant to Ellery Ryan ACS, Jaems moved onto shooting TVCs, TV dramas and feature films. He was accredited in 1989 and is the recipient of numerous international awards and over thirty-five ACS Awards, with three Golden Tripods being awarded to him for “Love Letters From War” in 2004, “Penicillin” in 2007 and “Australia On Trial” in 2013. His feature and television credits include ”Head On”, “Stingers”, “The Time of Our Lives”, “Strange Fits of Passion”, “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab”, “Rush” and “Nowhere Boys – The Book of Shadows”. Acclaimed documentaries shot by Jaems include “Revealing Gallipoli”, “The First Fagin”, “The Family”, “Breaker Morant – The Retrial”, and “Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail”.

WHERE: Backlot Studios
65 Haig Street
Southbank VIC
(between Clarendon and Cecil Street)
Parking on site or on Haig St

WHEN: Tuesday March 13th, 2018
TIME: 7.00pm
Doors and bar opens 6.30pm
Screening starts 7.00pm SHARP. Arrive at least 15 minutes before if you wish to order snacks or drinks. Q&A immediately after the film.
Running Time: 1hr 38 min

COST: Free Entry for financial ACS Members plus One Guest.
Free Entry to the first 15 Screen Professionals Collective (SPC) (Vic) members who book a seat (One ONLY per SPC Member). This includes members of ADG, ASE, AWG, SPA, ASSG, AGSC & APDG. Once the allocation is full, SPC members can buy at Concession price.
Concession/Students $10
Non-Members $15

REMINDER. For our main Screening and Q&A events we are now offering you to bring along a guest for free - your partner, friend or maybe a work colleague. Mum or Dad?
You're welcome to add them to your booking when you book online. Simply click on the booking link and now you will find a new ticket type, "Guest of ACS Member". Go ahead and book your ACS member ticket then select the complimentary guest option and add their name when you confirm your seats.
Limit one guest per member. Must be over 15 years old. (It's up to you to check for age appropriate screening content).
Please Note: This film contains confronting material which may distress some people. Viewer discretion is advised.

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