Little Stars in Poland
We’re delighted to report that Little Stars has been picked up for video-on-demand in Poland by Grupa Onet.
Grupa Onet.pl is Poland’s leading online media company focusing on communication, information, entertainment, e-commerce, mobile and advertising. The Onet.pl brand is one the strongest and most recognizable trademarks in Poland.
Onet.pl is Poland’s leading portal, with over 3 billion page views and 14 million real users per month (reaching over 72% of all Polish Internet users).
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
Little Stars has won Official Selection into Massachusetts Independent Film Festival.
The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival is a worldwide event for truly independent filmmakers. The festival has screened films from all over America, Australia, Iran, Italy, Japan and many other countries.
We are delighted that Little Stars will be shown in the home state of LeeAnne Curran, whose powerful story features in the film.
STAN GRANT VOICES TAKE HEART
In another leap forward for the Take Heart project, acclaimed Indigenous Australian journalist and anchor Mr Stan Grant recorded the narration for a film that aims to change the way the majority of Australians and New Zealanders currently think about Indigenous Australian, Māori and Pacific Islander health.
“Today, Australia boasts the world’s 12th largest economy, the 5th highest per capita income, and the 2nd highest human development index ranking – which means it’s considered to be amongst the world’s most “equal” societies. Why then, do Australia’s first people have amongst the highest rates of a preventable disease in the world?”
LITTLE STARS ON AIR!
Moonshine Movies’ award-winning documentary film Little Stars: Accomplishing the Extraordinary in the Face of Serious Illness will soon be going to air on the international networks of program co-producer Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
The project’s international Sales agent Flame Distribution is working diligently to get the program broadcast on TV around the world
HOST A SCREENING OF LITTLE STARS FOR WORLD HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE DAY
The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day which will take place on October 10, 2015 is “Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients”.
This year’s theme will focus on the patients living in unique conditions that often struggle with access to palliative care including children.
The ICPCN, WHPCA and Moonshine Movies are inviting organisations, activists and individuals to host a screening of Little Stars www.littlestars.tv
TAKE HEART FILM IS GO!
In a flurry of activity, Take Heart has attached a series of sponsors which means the project is now officially green-lit.
Take Heart is a global media communications initiative designed to put Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas.
Part One of the series focuses on Australasia, including a one-hour television special designed to lift the lid on Rheumatic Heart Disease, an entirely preventable disease that threatens the lives of 2% of all Indigenous Australians (Dr Bo Remenyi, Menzies School for Health Research).
Our deep thanks goes out to Presenting Sponsor Aspen Foundation and Supporting Sponsors Snow Foundation, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand Ministry of Health, Cure Kids, World Heart Federation, NT Cardiac, Layhna Health, RHD Australia, Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System and Moonshine Movies.
Take Heart Film
Please sign-up to stay tuned to the project release, which is earmarked for release from April 2015, with the first in a series of 10 short films. Part One of the television series, a one-hour program about The Quest To Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease ,is scheduled for release in late 2015.
FLAME DISTRIBUTION PICKS UP LITTLE STARS
We’re delighted to announce that Flame Distribution will be helping Little Stars reach the broadest possible audience on Television, Video-On-Demand, DVD and elsewhere.
Flame Distribution represents exciting documentary content from award-winning producers from Australia and around the world.
Little Stars- Children’s Palliative Care- Joseph’s Story
One of the great things about documentary film making is the amazing people you get to meet. We’ve had the great privilege of filming with Fiona and her son Joseph for Little Stars. We have just released Joseph’s Story as part of our Little Stars Indiegogo crowd funding campaign.
About Joseph’s Story by Fiona Stewart
“The most surprising thing I have learnt about paediatric palliative care is that it is not just about endings. Palliative care is really a steady arm to lean on: it supports you to make your time together the best it can be, and it helps families take some control back over their lives.
When our son Joseph was diagnosed with a severe epileptic condition when he was only three months old, we had little idea of what the future would hold for him. We did know that our little boy was struggling every day with a condition that did not promise a long and healthy life. Despite this, Joe continued to meet every day with a smile and a genuine and infectious joy at being alive.
Despite his frailties, he also demonstrated a strength and vigour at times that made something like paediatric palliative care seem alien to our daily lives; but caring for an ill child can be emotionally and physically exhausting and you come to realise that you need support. Paediatric palliative care services that provide sensitive and supportive respite care go a long way to keeping a tired family functioning.
David Suchet speaks out for Little Stars
“For children living with life-limiting illness, there is only now.”
The atmosphere was electric as David Suchet CBE (Poirot) begun the final passage in his heartfelt recording for the Little Stars feature film:
“Palliative care is an essential right for anyone with a life-threatening illness whether they are a child or an adult. All children and families will have universal palliative care needs, regardless of their country of origin.”
LITTLE STARS INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN – WE NEED YOU
ARTICLE COURTESY OF SUE BOUCHER @ E-HOSPICE
The makers of “Little Stars” the full length movie and short feature films on children’s palliative care have started a crowdfunding appeal to get them to the finish line.
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.