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Indie Gems Film Festival


Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 13 September 2015

Featuring Q&A with Hollywood Director Peter Cousens (Live)

A tale of two men, separated by time and circumstance, but united in their search for freedom and redemption.

In 1856, a man born into slavery, Samuel Woodward (Academy Award Winner® Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his family escape a Virginian plantation and begin a dangerous trek to Canada along the Underground Railroad. Woodward is relentlessly pursued by a slave hunter, Plimpton (William Sadler The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) who will stop at nothing to capture the family, dead or alive.

Director Peter Cousens will available at the Q&A after the film to answer your questions. Cousens has had a diverse range of experience in the performing arts over the last thirty five years as an actor, singer, director and producer. Freedom is his major film directorial debut.

Classification: M – Mature themes and violence
Distributor: Heritage Films

Dates & Times:
Sunday 13 September 3pm

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peterthumb180x200Peter Cousens

A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Peter Cousens is an actor, singer, producer, director, teacher and film director. He is the only Australian to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on London’s West End which he did for eleven months in 1997/98.

Peter has starred alongside Russel Crowe in Blood Brothers, the late Richard Harris in Camelot and has had an extensive career playing major roles in musicals throughout Australia, New Zealand and England. He also performs the role of Chris on the International Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon.

Peter is the Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Artistic Ambassador for the Bachelor of Theatre program at Central Queensland University. He provides workshops, mentoring and the directing of  musicals or plays on  regular basis

His musical theatre roles include Tony in West Side Story; Eddie in Blood Brothers; Mordred in Camelot; Chris in Miss Saigon; Nanki Poo in The Mikado; Motel in Fiddler on the Roof; Bill in The Sentimental Bloke; Raoul in the Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera; Alex in Aspects of Love; Marius in Les Misérables; Ravenal in Hal Prince’s Show Boat; Marius in Fanny; The Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass; Anthony and Tobias in Sweeney Todd; Bobby in Company; Mr Makin in The Hatpin; Floyd in Floyd Collins; Bobby in Company; and Vince in Strange Bedfellows.

As an actor he has worked extensively with Australia’s major performing arts companies including Sydney Theatre Company: Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Nicholas Nickleby, Chicago, Chinchilla and Convict’s Opera; Griffin: The Falls; Philip Street Theatre: Whose Life is it Anyway; The Queensland Theatre Company: Camille, Breaker Morant, You Never Can Tell, The Sentimental Bloke; Marian Street Theatre, London Assurance and Fanny; Melbourne Theatre Company; Sydney Dance Company: Tivoli; Out of Joint (UK), The Convicts’ Opera; Darlinghurst Theatre: The Paris Letter.

On television:The Divoice, Cliffy, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Return to Eden, The Sullivans, Carson’s Law, The Young Doctors, Son and Daughters, The Timeless Land and Under Capricorn.

He has recorded five albums – Corner Of The Sky, From A Distance, A Life on Earth, A Musical Christmas, The Peter Cousens Collection and  the International Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon.

For stage and television Peter produced Victoriana 1983-89; Break a Leg (a 10 part TV series) 2004; An Audience with Stephen Sondheim 2007 (A Television Event on Stage with ABC & Foxtel); Pippin 2007; Company 2007; Tell Me on a Sunday 2008; Little Women 2008; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change 2008; Up Close and Musical 2007/8; The Noel Coward Letters 2008; Songs for a New World 2008; The Emperor’s New Clothes 2008; The Launch Concert (Sydney) 2006; Gala Concert (Melbourne) 2008; Crusade 2010.

Peter tours extensively around Australia with his own one man show, Movin’ Hearts and works regularly in concert, performing in Australia’s major performing arts venues and symphony orchestras.

Peter won the Variety Heart Award for Best Performer for Chris in Miss Saigon. He has been nominated for seven Mo Awards and in 2009 he won the Glug Award for Services to Theatre.

Peter is an Ambassador for Destiny Rescue — an Australia based organisation rescuing children and young girls from the ravages of human trafficking in South East Asia. — Peter is also an Ambassador for Peer Support Australia, fostering leadership and responsibility in schools and an Ambassador for White Ribbon working to end violence against women.

In 2014, Peter produced and directed the Hollywood feature film Freedom starring Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler and Sharon Leal.

Earlier this year Peter began work on the Australian movie Where is Daniel? (working title) which he has been asked to direct, by Heritage Films, about the abduction of Daniel Morcombe, due to start filming in late 2016.

Peter has just  completed performing in the ABC Television/Opera Australia television series The Divorce due for release end 2015.



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Film: Approximately 98 minutes

Ticket Prices

Sidekicks Adult $12
Siedkicks Concession $9
Adult $15
Concession $12
F/T Student $12
Child Under 16 $10

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