THE story of how a 30-year-old man became a C4 tetraplegic in Shoal Bay, a film documenting clashes over illegal whaling and workshops for budding filmmakers will feature as part of the Real Film Festival in Port Stephens on Thursday 5 December 2019.
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Bulletproof Ashley, a short film directed by Ramon Te Wake, tells the story of Ashley Treseder who suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury after diving off a pier at Shoal Bay in January 2019.
Defend, Conserve, Protect tells the story of 3 distinct annual migrations in the cold and furious Southern Ocean — the illegal Japanese Commercial Whaling Fleet, the Sea Shepherd Anti-Whaling Fleet, and the whales.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says Council is proud to support the Festival.
“For the eighth consecutive year, the Real Film Festival has been sharing real stories about real people. It’s now one of Australia’s leading documentary film Festivals sharing the work of cutting-edge and creative storytellers,” Mayor Palmer said.
“We know that it’s creatives who make better places and better spaces, which is why Port Stephens Council is proud to support the Real Film Festival.”
“It’s amazing to have world-class events like this right here in our backyard. I’d encourage Port Stephens locals to make the most of this opportunity to learn about filmmaking and be immersed in these 2 very different but compelling stories.”
For budding filmmakers, two workshops will also be held on the day showcasing how to film like a pro on your iPhone and a journey into the visual effects and virtual reality industry.
Real Film Festival director Annette Hubber says it’s the perfect mix of events for film lovers and filmmakers.
“The workshops on offer this year are delivered by the highest level of screen industry professionals and we are thrilled to bring this calibre of industry to our own growing regional screen sector,” Ms Hubber said.