What’s On [Capricorn Coast]: Capricorn Film Festival starts next week!

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Central Queensland’s premiere film arts festival kicks off next Wednesday night and promises a special opening night premiere for all patrons.

With feature premieres, filmmaker networking, outdoor and destination events, retro gaming, video art, art exhibit and a short film competition, Capricorn Film Festival’s biggest event is just under one week away from hitting the Capricorn Coast.

The 7th annual Capricorn Film Festival will draw back the curtain with its Opening Night Party and premiere of documentary, Ithaka at Yeppoon Town Hall on Wednesday 12th January at 6.45pm. It promises to be an amazing event with Ithaka’s lead John Shipton (Julian Assange’s father) and Producer Gabriel Shipton (Brother) joining Yeppoon locals to walk the red carpet.

Ithaka tells the story of John Shipton’s determined public advocacy for his son, Julian Assange, in the face of legal battles and media glare. After Julian Assange’s arrest at London’s Ecuadorian embassy in 2019, his Victoria-based father steps into the legal, political and media fray. Joined by Julian’s fiancée, Stella Moris, 76-year-old Shipton lays out the situation to journalists, often sounding eerily like his detained son. In early 2021, the UK verdict on whether to extradite Julian to America collided with a pandemic and the US presidential election. As the crusade heats up, Shipton battles on, challenging misconceptions with quiet patience and remarkable composure.

Ithaka ‘s Producer Gabriel Shipton wants the documentary to shine a new perspective on his brother, the polarizing Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. “It’s a story that’s never been told before, we’ve learned Julian’s story through media headlines, but I wanted to tell this story through his family. To explore the human side that people haven’t seen,” said Gabriel Shipton.

eppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities with filmmakers Philippa Bateman, Judith Ehrlich, Jim Stevens, Jane Castle, Paul Henri and Gregory Kelly arriving to screen to their films alongside Distributors Dov Kornits and Gil Strine, Trailer creator Walter Beinz, actor Tim Ross and Head of Women in Film and Television QLD (WIFT) Bobbi-lea Dionysius for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Australian Government, Tourism and Events Queensland and Screen Queensland.

“Our supporters both financial and in-kind give us the opportunity to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen story tellers” says festival director, Luke Graham.

Get all the details here: www.capricornfilmfestival.com

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