Q&A tour dates announced for Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga

Australian Q&A dates have been announced for Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga ahead of a limited national release on September 27.

Jirga, the new film from award-winning filmmaker, author and paramedic Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion, Paramedico) has also been selected to make its International Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the section dedicated to showcasing first or second features, Discovery. Gilmour will be joined in Toronto by lead actor Sam Smith.

Jirga was the only Australian film In Competition at Sydney Film Festival, and screens In Competition at CinefestOZ this week after sold-out screenings at MIFF. Following TIFF, Footprint Films presents Q&A screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth ahead of the film’s September 27 release date, with other states to follow.

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Set and shot in Afghanistan in extraordinary circumstances, Jirga stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.

“We’re so thrilled to have Jirga at Toronto, such an important festival. I think audiences are really craving films like this, stories of reconciliation and peace,” said Benjamin Gilmour.

Jirga is directed and written by Gilmour, produced by John Maynard. Executive producers are Bridget Ikin and David Gross.

Details for the CinefestOZ screening can be found here

Q&A DATES

SYDNEY

Thursday 20 September
6.30pm screening of Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard, hosted by Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
 380 Military Road, 
Cremorne
TICKETS

Sunday 23 September
3pm screening of Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard
Dendy Newtown 261-263 King St, Newtown
TICKETS

Friday 28 September
7pm screening Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard
Casula Powerhouse

Wednesday 3 October
7pm screening of Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard
Parramatta Riverside Theatre

CANBERRA

Friday 21 September
7pm screening of Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith
Dendy Canberra Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra
TICKETS

MELBOURNE

Tuesday 25 September
6.45pm screening of Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith hosted by The Guardian’s Luke Buckmaster
Cinema Nova 380 Lygon St Carlton
TICKETS

PERTH

Thursday 27 September
6.30pm screening of Jirga followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith
Luna Leederville 155 Oxford St, Leederville
TICKETS

GENERAL SCREENING LOCATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER 27

Sydney Dendy Newtown, Dendy Opera Quays, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne
Melbourne Cinema Nova
Perth Luna Leederville
Canberra Dendy Canberra
Hobart State Theatre

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