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GRRL POWER BERLIN

NPG are happy to announce that Director Sarah Jayne will be heading to Berlin with Daughter as part of GRRL HAUS CINEMA in May. The all female event supports DIY and underrepresented female artists, and holds monthly film screenings at underground cinemas and art spaces within Berlin’s most artistic and buzzing suburbs.

Sarah Jayne has ben selected to take part in GHC's "2 Week Intensive Screen your Film Seminar, which means Daughter will screen twice in Berlin, in just 2 weeks. This includes an individual self curated event with Q&A at a soon to be announced art space.

The two weeks in Berlin will also give SJ a chance to network at events set up by Grrl Haus Cinema, shoot her own film, explore the city and take in the culture , promote her work and NPG, while meeting like minded filmmakers and being immersed in film.

The event prep has begun, and both SJ and NPG are super excited about the opportunities this residency will generate.

To keep up-to date with the Berlin adventure, follow SJ on Instagram as she hopes to document her adventure on social media as it happens.

INDIeFLIX Launch

Now, we are thrilled and proud to say Daughter has just been released on IndieFlix!

The indie filmmakers behind Daughter first heard about IndieFlix through an interview with founder Scilla Andreen on the Indie Film Hustle Podcast, and were excited to learn just how and why this US platform gives back to indie filmmakers and keen to join ourselves. 

IndieFlix is run by filmmakers, so they get it – unlike Amazon, IndieFlix pay filmmakers for every minute their movie is watched so it is a win-win model that increases the filmmaker’s payout as the company expands.

With all of Daughters success, NPG look forward to what is still to come.

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Enjoy watching Daughter though Indieflix and support indie filmmakers.

16 Days of Activism

Daughter has been selected to screen and take part in Wodonga Council’s annual event 16 Days of Activism, with the film screening at Wodonga library on November 28th along with two other films, Lipstick (Directed by Harriet McKern, 1994) and Footy Chicks (Directed by Rebecca Barry, 2006).

The Facebook event reads, “Join us for a selection of films that explore a range of topics that face women on a day to day basis – from safety on the streets, how they look, what they wear, how this is viewed and judged by society and who they sleep with and why.”

Thanks to BeamaFilm is in order, as the Wodonga Council found Daughter from their website.

The event is free of charge, suitable for 18+ age range and booking a place is suggested. See further details such as time and address on the official Facebook Event.




A Uniting screening in historical Queenscliff

Last stop for the Daughter awareness tour for 2016 saw Ivan and myself attend a small and humble Port Lonsdale screening hosted by Jan from the Queenscliff Uniting Church on November 22nd. 

Jan and her partner were well prepared for the screening, making sure that film posters and event flyers were printed and pinned up , as well as organising a mention of Daughter in the local paper. I was very impressed by how enthused they were about this special screening in a town which I personally love visiting and spending time in as it is so full of old world charm. 

In attendance was an older crowd then what Daughter usually screens to in Melbourne, which was a little bit of a surprise. I was very concerned as I always am in regards to the swearing and illicit drug taking and drinking in the film, but more so this time as Daughter was screening within a Church. 

Answering audience questions and starting a discussion

However the beautiful thing this about this screening was the fact that Daughter was well received and brought up some mature questions during the Q & A section of the afternoon from the audience . These questions lead to a wonderful discussion on gender roles and a women's place in society and also how men relate to the story and their awareness on the issue.

As I stood up after the screening and answered questions, I must say that I will never forget Jan telling me that her son is aware of the anxiety women feel when walking alone and that to avoid scaring women he walks on the opposite side of the street and does not look their way.  This caused a mix reaction from me - in one instance it is great that he is aware women feel uncomfortable when walking solo and passing a man in the night. Yet on the other it is sad that this is the interaction some men feel they need to have with women to make them feel safe. Awareness is the first step, so I commend him on his actions but I still feel sad that as humans both men an women are not equals when walking alone down the street, which is a liberty both sexes should be able to enjoy.

Attentive crowd at Queenscliff United

Attentive crowd at Queenscliff United

Joining Ivan and myself at the screening was actor Robyn Duse, who plays social worker Molly at The Gatehouse in the film. It was a nice feeling to have an actor witness the crowd interaction while seeing the film for the first time in an intimate setting. We thank Robyn for coming down from Lorne, which is in the local area and for speaking about what she does. 

Another good little story that came from this screening was a discussion I had after the Q&A with one of the elderly ladies, who told me she was in her 80's. She lived in St Kilda back in the 1960's when drugs and prostitution was rife in area, much worse than it is now. She remembers what life was like then for the disadvantaged and we had a short but interesting discussion on how St Kilda has changed from her day to my day. 

Daughter flyer on the board

Daughter flyer on the board

An attentive crowd watching Daughter is all a director could ask for in a tour really and I am so happy that NPG booked this screening with Uniting Queenscliff for our short film and awareness project as it is one that we will both not forget.

This is the last event for the tour, wrapping up a fantastic and fruitful year for Daughter and a ride that NPG is so grateful to have had the opportunity to be on from day one. 

 

 

  

Daughter wins in Sydney

On the first weekend of October Daughter had it's Sydney premiere screening at the Women Media Arts and Film Festival, making this event Daughter's first public festival screening. The festival, which celebrates women filmmakers was held in an interesting venue - Newington Armory / Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney.

Unfortunately the cast and crew could not be in attendance. Writer/director Sarah Jayne and Producer Ivan Malekin were tied up in Melbourne filming another project and could not make it to the festival, but they were following WMAFF's Facebook page for news as it happened. 

Sarah Jayne is one of the festivals alumni, having had her debut film Dusk screen back in 2013, so she was thrilled that again, her work was seen as an important piece of filmmaking from a female director.  

On Sunday Sarah Jayne received the fantastic news that Daughter had taken out the award for Best Short Film - Fiction Category at the festival. What an honour. Now Daughter is an award winning film! 

NPG are ecstatic that their tough little film from St Kilda had been asked to screen at the festival, and taking out an award was a bonus. It has been a great month for the independent production company with other films, recent and older being chosen for a number of festivals as-well as taking out prizes internationally. For more NPG news, go to the website - Nexus Production Group. 

There is much more happening for Daughter, all will be revealed soon. Keep up-to date by liking the Facebook page and for behind the scenes photos as they happen for NPG follow their Instagram page