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The Song Keepers

Release Date: APRIL 19
Cinema NovaLido CinemasClassic  CinemasCameo Cinemas (Melbourne, VIC)
Dendy Newtown (Sydney, NSW)
State Cinema (Hobart, TAS)
New Farm Cinema (Brisbane, QLD)

Release Date: APRIL 26
The Pivotonian Cinema (Geelong, VIC)

Release Date: MAY 3
Wallis Cinemas Piccadilly (Adelaide, SA)
Alice Springs Cinema (Alice Springs, NT)
Luna Leederville (Perth, WA)
Star Cinema (Launceston, TAS)

From MAY 10: Wallis Theatre Mitcham, Trak Cinemas (Adelaide, SA)
From MAY 17: Event Cinema, Newcastle (Newcastle, NSW), Event Cinema Manuka (Canberra, ACT), Event Cinema Coolangatta (City of Gold Coast, QLD)
From MAY 17 to 23: Mount Vic Flicks (Mount Victoria, NSW)
On MAY 17 & 29: Riverside Theatres Parramatta (Sydney, NSW)
From MAY 18: Mornington Cinema (Mornington, VIC)
From MAY 20: Thornbury Picture House (Melbourne, VIC)
On MAY 27: Sun Theatre (Melbourne, VIC)
On MAY 30, JUNE 1 & JUNE 21: Deckchair Cinema (Darwin, NT)
From MAY 31: Wallis Cinema Mount Barker (Mount Barker, SA), Murwillumbah Regent Cinema (Murwillumbah, NSW), Saraton Theatre (Grafton, NSW)

On JUNE 1: Avoca Beach Theatre (Avoca Beach, NSW)
On JUNE 3: Chaffey Theatre (Renmark, SA)
From JUNE 7: Cinema Augusta (Port Augusta, SA)
On JUNE 9 & 10: The New Empire Cinema (Bowral, NSW)
On JUNE 10 & 13: Star Court Cinema (Lismore, NSW)
On JUNE 12 & 24: Mercury Cinema (Adelaide, SA)
On JUNE 13: Film Harvest Screenings (Geraldton, Busselton, Albany, Kalgoorlie, WA)
On JUNE 15: Narooma Cinema (Narooma, NSW)
On JUNE 17: James Theatre (Dungog, NSW)
On JUNE 18 & 22: Brunswick Picture House (Brunswick Heads, NSW)
On JUNE 23: SPECIAL STAGE & SCREEN PRESENTATION – after the screening of the film special concert from the Choir followed by Q&A (Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace – Sydney, NSW)
On JUNE 27: End Credits Film Club At Tanks Art Centre (Cairns, QLD)

“The Song Keepers is a remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary” – The Age

“A tale of history and healing, The Song Keepers is perfectly pitched” – The Sunday Telegraph

“Naina Sen’s joyful, compassionate film about an Aboriginal women’s choir shows the complex, unexpected consequences of colonisation” – The Guardian

Dir. by Naina Sen, Australia, 2017. 84 min | Documentary

Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the inspiring story of an Aboriginal women’s choir and their first tour of Germany.
In the churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred hymns and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. With their charismatic musical director Morris Stuart, the choir embarks on an historical tour of Germany, singing the baroque Lutheran hymns brought to their great grandparents by German missionaries in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages. Together these remarkable women take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.


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