Joint charity premieres announced for Harrows Forest and Fragmentary

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Two Australian filmmakers have joined forces to premiere their new films together with all proceeds being donated to Beyond Blue.

Taya Calder-Mason’s short thriller Harrows Forest will screen prior to Jace Pickard’s new feature film Fragmentary on October 21 at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney.

“When Taya reached out asking if she was able to screen her short film, Harrows Forest before Fragmentary, I absolutely loved the idea,” Pickard told Cinema Australia. “It’s what I love about this industry, that we can help each other out and it was a lovely feeling to have another filmmaker want to be a part of this journey with me.”

Harrows Forest tells the story of a group of friends who set out to uncover the truth that lies within the woods of Harrows Forest, but what they find is much more disturbing than they ever imagined.

“I’m super excited to be collaborating with Jace in October,” said Calder-Mason. “I believe more short and feature films with similar themes should come together more often. It’s going to be an incredible night and will kick off Halloween perfectly!”

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Fragmentary has strong mental health themes, so Beyond Blue was an obvious benefactor choice for Pickard who has suffered with anxiety since his early teens.

“I thought it was a beautiful idea to give back to an organisation that has helped so many people. So for $10, you get to see two Australian films and donate to a great cause,” Pickard said.
Fragmentary was written and directed by Pickard and tells the story of Ben Sanderson, a man who believes he can travel to an alternate reality under the influence of alcohol to see the love of his life who was murdered in his reality two years before.

“The cast and crew have worked so hard on this film and I am so excited to see their hard work pay off on the big screen and I hope the audience feel the same,” said Pickard. “The film is a mix bag of genres: we got the horror, drama and comedy and I hope there is a bit of everything there for the audience to enjoy.”

You can find out more details and buy your tickets to the premiere here.

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