GRIT - Tasmanian Spirit on Screen

Wide Angle Tasmania

  • Sat 17
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • $20/$15
  • Baptist Church, 11 Frederick St
  • Warnings: Parental guidance recommended | One film has coarse language and deals with children having life limiting conditions | One film deals with suicide in a soft, creative way

    Event will feature a bar and Q + A session with film makers upon conclusion of the showing

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Sally Rose Mc Shane by Rebecca Thomson

GRIT - Tasmanian Spirit on Screen is a series of short films made by Tasmanians for Tasmania. Inspired by the stories of grit of everyday Tasmanians, six award winning filmmakers tell stories of courage within the Tasmanian community.

This will be the premiere public screening of the films, the red carpet will be rolled out. A little bit of Cannes magic right here in Launceston. We encourage attendees to don their finest as this will be an event to remember.

GRIT is presented by Wide Angle Tasmania, with support from Tasmanian Community Fund.


Tom Chapman

Jarred by the loss of his closest friend, a farmer on Tasmania's remote West Coast, begins to mentor at-risk local youth. In an area renowned for its poverty, low literacy and high suicide rates, Stafford Heres is determined to provide opportunities for kids who have few. Eden Alone Surpasses Thee explores his relationship with the land, loss and the young men he takes under his wing.

Tom Chapman is a Launceston based Director-Cinematographer, and an avid discoverer of stories, curious solver of problems and endless chaser of natural light. With 15 years in the industry, he discovered his life’s calling creating engaging visual content that captures wonderful human moments and stories.


Rebecca Thomson

Sally is a clown, Amanda is a nurse, and they are fierce friends bound together by the most awful shared experience – both caring for a child who is very sick. For Sally and Amanda having someone else who understands what it is to reside in perpetual grief, battle against bureaucracy and having to pre-pay your child’s funeral, makes the experience a little less lonely. Realising the value of this connection Sally and Amanda decided to start a podcast where they share their beautiful friendship with the world – honest and raw conversations about the daily struggles of being a carer, plentiful gin sampling and finding a laugh in the face of darkness.

Rebecca Thomson is a filmmaker based in nipaluna/Hobart who loves storytelling and connecting with people through a variety of formats and genres but usually with humour and a twist. Rebecca has directed and produced award winning short documentaries, web series, horror films, activist films and music videos.


Vivien Mason

A colourful stop motion animated documentary exploring how a passion for craft helps four makers overcome adversity. A carer finds purpose in knitting and making yarn. A health worker starts a men’s knitting circle. A new Tasmanian inspires others by teaching ceramics, and an arts worker sews old textiles to create new items and new hope for a sustainable future.

Vivien Mason is a Tasmanian animator and filmmaker with a passion for handmade puppets and characters. Her animations have been exhibited around the world at major festivals. Vivien is a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art (2010) and the Royal College of Art (2019). She is experienced in film and television, including productions for the ABC (Australia), Foxtel, Al Jezeera, Blue Rocket Productions and renowned animation studio Animal Logic.


Troy Melville & Jillian Mundy

Milaythina Rrukani speaks to the power of language. Lutruwita was colonised and renamed Tasmania in the 1800s; original names spoken for thousands of years were changed. In Milaythina Rrukani we travel on country with Lutruwita’s First People as they talk about their personal connection to language and place. The film is about the resonance language creates, the power of speaking names on country and the connection it builds between people, land and time.

Troy Melville is a Tasmanian producer and director of several television broadcast projects.

Troy also produces art films and has collaborated with a number of indigenous artists. Troy has produced short factual films that have screened at film festivals and on the ABC.

Jillian Mundy is a pakana woman from Nipaluna (Hobart), Lutruwita (Tasmania). She is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant and emerging filmmaker. She has been published by the Koori Mail National Indigenous newspaper since 2005 and her work has taken her around Australia.


Matthew Newton

The story of how a small team of scientists and volunteers are working together to bring a brilliant little bird back from the brink of extinction.

Matthew Newton is a Director/ Cinematographer and Photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. He has shot documentaries that have been broadcast nationally as well as feature documentaries for festival release. His photographic work is regularly chosen amongst the countries best and exhibited in the nation’s premier photographic art prizes.

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Tickets are non-refundable except in circumstances such as the cancellation of an event or forced changes due to COVID-19.

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Get in touch with us at info@junctionartsfestival.com.au if you have any booking queries.

GRIT - Tasmanian Spirit on Screen

Saturday 17th September @ 05:30pm - 07:30pm

Ticket Type Price Quantity
Full $20.00
Concession $15.00

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