Community Film Screening: Here Out West

'Here Out West', 2022. Photo: John Platt

Saturday 18 March 2023
4pm screening
Followed by a Q&A and refreshments
Duration: 1 hr 41 mins

A baby is kidnapped from hospital by a desperate grandmother. Her flight sets off a chain of events that bring together complete strangers over the course of one day.

Join us for a free community screening of ‘Here Out West’ – an anthology film by diverse filmmakers, writers and directors that explores 8 interconnecting stories set in Western Sydney.

‘Here Out West’ was shot in Blacktown, featuring eight different stories, from eight different cultural backgrounds, in nine different languages. ‘Here Out West’ is far from a traditional Australian film, but its writers believe it authentically reflects modern Australia, particularly life in Western Sydney.

Campbelltown-based writer and director Bina Bhattacharya is one of eight writers from Western Sydney who used stories from their upbringings to formulate a script for the film. At the time of writing, Bina’s father was ill after a stroke. She spent many hours at his bedside playing songs from renowned scholar Rabindranath Tagore, which provided the inspiration for her chapter. Bangladesh-born actor Arka Das, as well as writing the chapter preceding Bina’s, also acts in Bina’s chapter in his first role speaking his native tongue. Prior to the screening, Bina will share a preview of her new feature film ‘From All Sides’, set and filmed in Campbelltown. After the screening, there will be an in-conversation between Bina with actor Arka Das to talk about their experiences making the film.

Light refreshments will be provided including tea & coffee, popcorn and sweets.

Click below to book your free place.

About ‘Here Out West’:

Directors: Leah Purcell, Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffy, Julie Kalceff, Ana Kokkinos
Writers: Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla
Arka Das, Nisrine Amine, Mia-Lore Bayeh, Gladys Iturra Beiza, Genevieve Lemon, Christian Ravello, Leah Vandenberg, De Lovan Zany, Khoi Trinh, Christine Milo, Jing-Xuan Chan
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Year: 2022

This event is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW.