The producers of a new film called TOMMY, Darren Mort & Karen Hodgkins are staging a unique CPD event on:
Monday 19 March, 2017 at the Alex Theatre Fitzroy St, St Kilda at 6.30pm
**Tickets are $100 per person for an opportunity for all the guests to invest in TOMMY.
All ticket buyers will be named as co-producers on the film credits. Further, it has 1 CPD Point allotted to this event.
Honoured guest speakers include the former Chief Justice Diana Bryant and Annette Gillespie from Safe Steps Family Violence Resource.
Essentially, it is an event with a difference with notable speakers on child issues and a showing of the producers internationally acclaimed film on Family Violence DEGREE OF SEPARATION. There will also be a screening of a film on child alienation that was shown at the Melbourne AFCC conference recently.
Information about this event:
The Cloud Foundry & the To Be Loved Producers – Darren Mort & Karen Hodgkins invite you to be a part of their new project: TOMMY.
Our debut film Degree of Separation about family violence was accepted into 24 international film festivals and won 7 international film awards last year, including Best Foreign Film at the Hollywood Now Film Festival AND It has since been picked up by a Hollywood Film Distributor.
We now invite you to be a part of our next exciting film, ‘TOMMY‘ set to send an equally powerful message about our treasured gifts- kids! By attending our gala you will automatically have your own co-producing credit in the film TOMMY as well as:
• CHAMPAGNE & CANAPÉS
• A SPECIAL VIEWING OF THE AWARD WINNING
DEGREE OF SEPARATION AND THE NETWORK PREVIEW DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED BY THE TO BE LOVED TEAM.
• VIP GUEST SPEAKERS:
– THE HONOURABLE DIANA BRYANT AO QC
– ANNETTE GILLESPIE, CEO SAFE STEPS FAMILY
VIOLENCE RESPONSE CENTRE
– SPECIAL GUEST: TOMMY
• MEET INFLUENTIAL EXPERTS IN THE INDUSTRY
• SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
TICKETS – $100
Click on the Try Booking link below to book.
As this is a truly rare opportunity and tickets are limited. Please feel free to pass this invitation to contacts you may know are interested in investing in movies.
**Contact producer Darren Morton 0418 568 321 for the prospectus and invitation, which will explain further about all the patrons of the film TOMMY having access to the film for use in their businesses and the opportunity of endorsement on their web sites.
**Information Courtesy of producers Darren Mort & Karen Hodgkins/Helen Reizer HRPR
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New film TOMMY is set to be one of the most important Australian short films of 2018.
Today, family violence is a huge global problem all over the world, especially for children. As a result of Australia’s 260 daily divorce cases, threats involving children in family violence have increased by 76% in the past three years. In Victoria alone, two category one children (dead or almost dead) are reported to the Department of Human Services (DHHS) every day. The immense psychological impact of this on our children and young people is massively underrepresented.
Producers Darren Mort (Barrister) and Karen Hodgkins (film maker) co-founded the To Be Loved Network because they saw that young people in the community needed a much stronger and much louder voice. As a group of legal, medical and political experts who deal firsthand with cases of family violence and child neglect, Darren & Karen are in a unique position to help effect lasting change in this area.
Through the medium of film they are able to communicate powerful messages about the importance of treating our children properly: what people can do better, how people can recognise and adopt proper priorities, and how adults can help kids who are too afraid to speak out.
The To Be Loved Network has already resonated in a huge way: Degree of Separation, their debut film about family violence was accepted into 24 international film festivals and won 7 international film awards last year, including Best Foreign Film at the Hollywood Now Film Festival. It has since been picked up by a Hollywood Film Distributor.
With an equally powerful message, script, and team on board, To Be Loved Network intend to take TOMMY down a similar path.
TOMMY is more than just a film – it is a crucial project with an important message behind it: that our children are our most precious gifts, and they must be cared for properly.
TOMMY: A synopsis
An eight-year-old boy.
A drug-fuelled domesticity.
A world split in two.
TOMMY is a 30-minute film depicting the world of an eight-year-old boy who is navigating his parent’s fiery separation.
TOMMY loves his parents. But his parents fall out of love with each other when Tommy’s father SAM becomes addicted to drugs.
Things get messy at home, as Tommy’s Mum ALLY runs away to find solace in the arms of a new companion, NICOLE.
NICOLE also has a child: SUMMER, 11 years old, who finds TOMMY more than a little curious – in the emotional storm of the separation, TOMMY has no-one to talk to about his feelings, only his imaginary friend TIGER TERRY, a great listener who supports TOMMY by transporting him to imaginary places.
SAM, meanwhile, enters drug rehab and falls in love with LUCY, another inpatient. SAM jumps the hoops and becomes drug free, despite LUCY’s attempts to lure him back down a path of addiction.
Amidst the war of separation, SAM and ALLY fail to prioritise their son’s best interests – they use TOMMY like fodder to advance their own battle objectives.
In the end they come close to destroying the one precious gift that they both created, as TOMMY’s world falls deeper and deeper into dissociation and despair.
About the Co-Producers
Darren has practising as a Barrister in Family Law for nearly 27 years. He is also a trained actor having qualified in Film & Television at the College of the Arts. Darren also served on the Domestic Violence Taskforce Committee chaired by Chief Magistrate Lauretson and assisted with the compilation of a report on family violence to the Royal Commission.
Karen is an independent filmmaker, soon to be author and humanitarian advocate, with 20 years of professional experience in the Film and Television industry. Her solo feature documentary ‘Dad’ was shown in Parliament, Canberra mid 2015 as part of a senate inquiry into our family law system. Currently she is documenting mother’s stories in a book titled ‘Mum’s the Word’ which will be used as a resource for families navigating the system
To Be Loved Network
The to be loved network is a group of legal, medical and political experts who bring their expertise and network together to educate us on the mental health repercussions family separation has on the development of children and young adults.
As well as Darren Mort and Karen Hodgkins, the To Be Loved team includes Naomi Halpern and Nancy Bassett. Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK, and has developed expertise in psychotherapy for complex trauma, providing clinical consultation for PTSD, dissociative disorders and survivors of sexual abuse, rape and gender based violence. She is also the founding member of the Australian Association of Trauma and Dissociation Inc. Nancy is head of Human Relations for To Be Loved, and is originally from New Zealand of Maori descent, an elder of Ngaruahine Iwi (tribe). Her strengths lie in events, research, sponsorship and financial management and strategic fundraising campaigns.