23-year-old director Luke Sullivan will be donating his entire share of ticket sales on March 8.
In recognition of International Women’s Day, director Luke Sullivan will be donating his entire share of ticket sales from all sessions of Reflections in the Dust on Friday March 8 to Rizeup Australia and Lou’s Place. These are very special community-driven not-for-profit organisations that support women in crisis as a result of domestic violence.
RizeUp Australia’s volunteers have created more than 600 homes for families fleeing domestic violence.
Lou’s Place in Kings Cross is the only daytime refuge for women in Sydney. It provides women in crisis a place to rest, eat, shower, wash clothes and enjoy company.
Both organisations receive no government assistance, relying solely on donations to provide vital services for women.
Luke is passionate about the fight to stop violence against women in Australia, telling Cinema Australia that, “We can’t continue to keep losing mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends to senseless acts of violence perpetrated by men.”
Reflections in the Dust is a powerful allegory for the issue, which he hopes will boost awareness and continue the national conversation.
An unspoken event has caused civilisation to crumble, leaving the survivors to cluster in the wilderness. Among them is a blind girl who struggles to survive with her father – a paranoid schizophrenic clown. As she dreams of what may exist beyond this wasteland, her father is increasingly consumed by fear, paranoia and hysteria.
The Australian government deemed the film was too extreme for audiences and strongly suggested it not be completed during production, however director Luke Sullivan pushed on with the film, asserting that such an extreme story needs to be told in an era where ‘we are losing grandmothers, mothers, sisters and friends to senseless acts of violence perpetrated by men’.
Reflections in the Dust opens from March 7 at the following cinemas:
New Farm Cinemas