Daughter travels to Swanpool

Saturday October 29th saw Daughter hit it's first regional tour mark,  with a visit to Swanpool Community Cinema, in the Benalla region of Victoria as part of the annual Made In Melbourne Film Festival regional tour.     

Daughter screened along side six other short films from the festival's extensive seven year archive, with a running theme of relationships and family brought to the big screen. The crowd was a humble gathering of locals , some of whom are regulars to the popular volunteer run cinema. 

The Cinema facade 

The Cinema facade 

Sarah Jayne enjoyed the Q&A session with the older crowd, who seemed to question the motives of the characters more than at pervious screenings, which made for Sarah Jayne's answers to the tough questions more thoughtful.

And what is a regional screening of an indie film based on the experiences of women that touches on gendered violence and negative perceptions of women in our communities without a protest from a disgruntle patron, who is also a self labeled victim of domestic violence at the hands of women?  Plain straight and serious I guess.

SJ in Tatong, Victoria at a crossroad near a Swanpool street sign 

SJ in Tatong, Victoria at a crossroad near a Swanpool street sign 

SJ and Ivan outside their cabin on Pam and Ian Hurrbert's property in Lima, Victoria

SJ and Ivan outside their cabin on Pam and Ian Hurrbert's property in Lima, Victoria

What actually set him off was the film screening previous to Daughter, which was about domestic violence at the hands of a man against his wife and son. Luckily nothing eventuated from his anger towards the film and his hunting down of Sarah Jayne and he ended up leaving for the remainder of the show to continue. 

All in all Nexus Production Group enjoyed their return to Swanpool Community Cinema, despite the drama and humble crowd. The fresh country air is just what Sarah Jayne and Ivan needed after a busy week running Made In Melbourne Film Festival back home and they both look forward to coming back to the Benalla region mid November for the Mansfield Armchair Cinema Screening, which again has MIM and Daughter teaming up. 

For more pictures from the event, go to the Gallery section of the website.