MOONSHINE AT ‘ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC’
Moonshine are back and energized after a great week in Chengdu, China attending Asian Side of the Doc a 4 day factual TV market. We’re very grateful to Screen Australia’s Enterprise Asia program for supporting us to be there.
We had a great week rubbing shoulders with our fellow Aussie filmmakers as well as great meetings with broadcasters, financiers and other stakeholders. We experienced some local culture and Sichuan ‘hot’ food and even saw the Panda’s.
We’re looking forward to building on the new relationships we have created through our week at the market! Have a look at our Coming Soon page to see our projects in development. Don’t forget to join us on LinkedIn and Facebook!
LITTLE STARS – MALAYSIA
What an amazing week we’ve just had in Malaysia filming for Little Stars! Not only did Hospis Malaysia play fabulous hosts to us, introducing us to some of their wonderful patients in Kuala Lumpur but we also had the enormous privilege of meeting Malaysian Royalty when we traveled to Johor Bahru to film at the Pediatric Palliative Care ward in Hospital Sultan Ismail.
A visit by Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah Idris, the Royal Patron of the Malaysian Paediatric Palliative Care Programme was arranged for the day of our filming. Her Royal Highness plays an important, ongoing role in advocating for implementation and improved services for paediatic palliative care in Malaysia. It was a pleasure to meet her and witness the joy and excitement the children on the ward had at the opportunity to meet her.
INTRODUCING LEEANNE – LITTLE STARS – USA
Introducing LeeAnne, one of the stars of our Little Stars project. We had the great experience filming with LeeAnne in Boston last year. LeeAnne is 34 and doing an amazing job of living with Cystic Fibrosis, a life limiting illness she was diagnosed with at age 2. During our time with LeeAnne and her little dog Curly we gained some real insight into life with this illness and were blown away by her courage and tenacity.
LeeAnne lives with her fourteen year old son and husband and despite her condition she has an incredible outlook which she attributes to the support she gets from her palliative care team out of the Boston Children’s Hospital. We look forward to sharing more of LeeAnne’s story with you in the coming months.
MOONSHINE IN CHINA
Moonshine was delighted to participate in Screen Australia’s delegation to Beijing and Chengdu as part of the Enterprise Asia: China initiative.
The two-stop trip involved three days of sessions and meetings at the Australia-China Documentary Forum in Beijing and a further three days attending the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu.
TAKE HEART – TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER
It is with great delight that we announce the Cardiac Society for Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) has officially joined the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Heart federation as major sponsors of Take Heart.
Production has continued in both the Northern Territory in Melbourne following the stories of our dynamic central characters Liddywoo, Brooklyn, Trenton, Carlissa and Dr Bo Remenyi. More filming is schedule in the New Year and post-production is underway on the collection of short films.
THINKING OF OUR STAR NALEDI ON WORLD AIDS DAY
As we reflect on this beautiful scene from Moonshine’s Tasmanian office in Longford our thoughts are with Naledi Kopane, one of the principles characters in Moonshine Movies upcoming attractions Little Stars.
Little Stars is a series of films about the surprisingly life-affirming stories of children around the world living with life-shortening illnesses. Against the odds, these very special kids are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their families, in harmony with passionate ‘pain and palliative care’ teams.
UN ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA MEDIA AWARDS FINALIST
Moonshine Movies’ LIFE Before Death has been honored as a Finalist for Best TV Documentary in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards.
The Media Awards began as a national program in 1978. They promote understanding and awareness about humanitarian and social justice issues by recognizing those in the Australian media who stimulate public awareness and influence policy change.
KAYE’S STORY WINS ARTS AWARD
Short film Kaye’s Story about the remarkable journey of Kaye Sales, whose courage and inner strength helped her to overcome a truly harrowing surgery treating her asbestos-caused abdominal cancer, has picked up an Arts Award for Film.
The Arts Awards is an annual community event run by Cancer Council Victoria. Now in its 16th year, the awards are one of the only programs of its kind in Australia.
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MOVING PICTURES ADVOCACY
Nelson Mandela reflected; “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Mandela’s great gift was to generate empathy, compassion and empowerment. This too is the goal of moving pictures advocacy, a communications specialization that uses moving pictures to move audiences to action.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL ACTION!
With their unique visceral power, movies have the capacity to harness the mind and spirit unlike any other medium. As a result, NFPs (Not For Profit organisations) in Australia and abroad are increasing partnering in the production of films, mostly in the documentary genre.
A recent example is the AbaF award-winning production LIFE Before Death (2012), a multiplatform project incorporating a feature film, TV documentary, 50 short films, DVD, iPad App, website and social media places. The project was funded by a coalition of seven philanthropic foundations, two screen agencies and the Australian production company, Moonshine Agency.