Mind Blowing World
HERE OUT WEST
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2021’s OPENING NIGHT FILM
CINEFEST OZ FILM FESTIVAL 2021 – FILM PRIZE FINALIST
Nancy visits her daughter in the hospital who has just given birth. Tagging along is her 8-year-old Lebanese neighbour, Amirah. It is a bittersweet meeting for Nancy, as her new grandchild is about to be taken by the Department of Community Services. While holding the baby to say her farewell, Nancy makes the spontaneous decision to bolt from the hospital with the baby, Amirah as her accomplice. Not long after their audacious escape, a pedestrian is involved in a hit and run. Three young boys step in to help, unsure if he’ll survive the night. Across eight distinct yet interconnected stories, Nancy’s desperate flight sets off a chain of events that brings together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.
M – Mature themes, violence and coarse language
Language & Subtitles
Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, English, Kurdish, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish and Vietnamese with English subtitles
Country of Origin
Special live Q&A after the film
After the film on Friday 4 February 2022, participate in a Q&A with the Writers and Director of Here Out West. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight into the film and a chance to have your questions answered.
Chat live after the film with:
Writers – Vonne Patiag, Nisrine Amine, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Bina Bhattacharya, Arka Das & Dee Dogan
Director – Julie Kalceff
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Nisrine Amine is an actor, writer and producer from Western Sydney. Her short film Apricot received funding by Screen NSW as part of their SEED: Regional Funding initiative and premiered at Flickerfest 2018 and is currently available for viewing on ABC. She also wrote, produced and starred in a web-series pilot Whatever After. While her short play Must Be The Dairy won People’s Choice at Round 2 of Crash Test Drama 2011.
As an actor, she has credits in Australian feature films such as Slam and Deadly Women; and plays such as The Girl/The Woman (NTOP/Riverside Theatre), Alex and Eve: The Complete Story (Factory Theatre).
Nisrine is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Parramatta Actors Centre.
Bina Bhattacharya is a writer, producer and director living in Campbelltown. Her work focuses on themes of the immigrant experience, diaspora, queer identity, motherhood, alternative lifestyles, regional identities and class and race tensions. In 2017, her short film, Wild Dances, which depicts the bond between a closeted gay boy and a spirited Ukrainian-Australian teenage girl, went on to win the Audience Choice Award at the Made in the West Film Festival and was a finalist for the Mardi Gras Film Festival My Queer Career competition. It was also selected for festivals across the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany and Ukraine.
Bina credits her distinctive voice and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues with growing up with two cultures, being exposed to Satyajit Ray and 80s Bollywood through her Indian father and opera and Australian folk music through her Australian mother and attending a multicultural public school in Sydney’s West. Bina runs her own production company, Gemme de la Femme Pictures, which produces short films, promotional videos and tailored showreel pieces for diverse actors who usually are faced with limited role choices. She is also mother to a two year old boy.
Matias is an Australian filmmaker, with an incredible passion for visual storytelling and the power of the experience. In 2012, Matias was awarded a scholarship to study an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media at the International Film School Sydney, a two-year full time course focusing on Screenwriting, Directing and Producing. Since graduating Matias has worked as a Director and Editor on a number of different Music Videos, Short Films and TVC’s for large global brands.
Matias is a storyteller at heart with hopes to continue pursuing his dreams of filmmaking in order to tell the important stories that often go unheard.
Claire Cao is a 21-year old writer and Law/Arts student from southwest Sydney. Her short stories have been published in Sine Theta Magazine and Voiceworks and she aspires to write romantic comedies one day.
Arka is a writer/filmmaker with short films, web-series and short documentaries under his belt. He co-created, directed and starred in comedy web-series The Casuals in 2014 which picked up an online streaming sync in the USA. Arka wrote and directed his major short film Khana Khazana which explores the dark side of immigrant labour in late 2017. The film had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of South Asia, Toronto in May 2018. Arka is also involved in several screenwriting projects and is passionate about making more exciting and diverse content in Australia and internationally.
Arka is also an actor whose work includes stage credits in a number of plays by Griffin and Ensemble Theatre and screen credits in many Australian feature films and series. Arka has also starred in Academy Award nominated & BAFTA award winning film LION in 2016. Arka can be seen next on Nine Network’s crime drama ‘Bite Club’ and will also be working on Disney’s ‘Mulan’ later in the year.
Duygu Dogan is an film director and screenwriter. Her first film A Loss was accepted into Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2016. Among other awards, she has received the official winner at Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2017 for her film Being Kurd Bashur. She is currently completing a B.A. Film Studies & Philosophy at University of New South Wales and working towards her first original feature screenplay. Duygu is a passionate and imaginative storytelller and likes to share her ideas with the world.
Vonne is a Western Sydney based multi-skilled filmmaker with experience writing, directing and producing short films and online series. He aims to develop and produce narrative projects that authentically explore the intersection between gender, queer and ethnic identity in modern Australia, focusing on issues of racism, prejudice and class from the Western Sydney perspective.
Tien Tran is from Perth, WA originally, now residing in Sydney and a part of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.
He likes to eat Chūtoro (fatty tuna) sushi.
Nalina Okey has wanted to be an author since the age of 9. Due to language barriers, she found her voice, and a way to share stories, in the universal language of film.
She has directed and produced a range of both small and large scale projects including short films, commercials, music videos and a feature film.
Most of her projects feature topics and conversations about everyday issues within the most vulnerable communities. These include young adults with drug addiction and children and adults with mental illness. Her recent documentary series, Bloom, has received attention from SydWest Multicultural Services and was screened at a number of charity events.
Nalina’s ambition is to integrate film-making, media and technology to create new dimensions and platforms which will generate a unique experience for audiences to watch content and for artists to create content.
Danielle is an actor, writer and producer born in Sydney of Greek Samian heritage. Danielle works as a producer and a co-artistic director of independent theatre company Edgeware Forum whose work champions the young female voice in today’s divided Australia.
In 2017, she had the opportunity to work as the Script Coordinator and production attachment on The Letdown (ABC/Netflix). Danielle was also selected as a participant in Information and Cultural Exchange’s Screen Cultures’ Produce Perfect Program in Parramatta and won the program’s final pitch competition for her original TV series concept. This year, she was selected into the National Theatre of Parramatta’s ‘Playwrights of Parramatta’ program as an emerging playwright.
Currently, Danielle is harnessing her abilities as a producer, writer and poet. With an impassioned mission, Danielle seeks to rise the tide of a more inclusive and balanced screen industry representing more authentic stories of culture, women and equality. The stories that interest her in particular concern voicing the forgotten as well as immediate diaspora experiences of past and present generations of Australian migrants.