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Little Stars Russia

The Little Stars project stopped off in Moscow, Russia to capture more remarkably life-affirming stories of children and young people making the most of their lives despite happening to have life-limiting illnesses.  Our heartfelt thanks goes out to our host, the Russian Children’s Palliative Care Association, who help over 100 families in the greater Moscow area.

 

We filmed with 2 year-old Anastassia, who has the rare hereditary condition of hyperinsulinism, and 19 year-old Nadya who is living with cerebral palsy and blindness.  Both Anastassia, Nadya and their doting families are living proof a life-limiting illness need not limit a person’s life.

 

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LITTLE STARS ITALY

We have spent an amazing week in Padova, Italy. Our hosts The Maruzza Foundation and Hospice Pediatrico Casa del Bambino were fantastic and enabled us to film with some incredible children and their families who are receiving support from the palliative care team at the hospice.

 

The work being done by the team at Casa del Bambino is exemplary. Currently it is the only paediatric hospice in Italy.

 

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LITTLE STARS JORDAN

Hosted by Dr Mohammad Bushnaq, it has been our immense pleasure documenting children’s palliative care in Amman, Jordan.  The filming will comprise part of feature documentary that will be broadcast on Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.

 

Moonshine’s film crew bore witness to stories relating to the innovative programs of Wellness House, which are transforming the lives of Jordanian children for the better.

 

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF TAKE HEART

We’re delighted to announce that the official launch of Take Heart: The Quest to Rid the World of Rheumatic Heart Disease will take place at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cardiology Congress in Melbourne during early May before thousands of delegates from around the world.

 

To coincide with the launch the Official Teaser is now publicly available.  Click through to watch it now.  Please share it generously!

 

Find out more at www.TakeHeart.tv

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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