Dr Richard Harris to speak at KI's 'From the Heart' film festival

SPECIAL SPEAKER: Joint Australian of the Year, cave diver and specialist in aeromedical retrieval Dr Richard Harris will be attending From the Heartland film festival as a guest speaker.
SPECIAL SPEAKER: Joint Australian of the Year, cave diver and specialist in aeromedical retrieval Dr Richard Harris will be attending From the Heartland film festival as a guest speaker.

Australian of the Year, hero of two nations and legendary cave-diving medic, Dr Richard "Harry" Harris is coming to Kangaroo Island to speak at the From the Heart film festival on Saturday, August 31.

From the Heart is a film festival that showcases the highest calibre of film-making from around Australia, a curated program of stories that inspire, uplift and move our spirits.

This year, the festival at the Parndana Town Hall is also expanding the format to include film introductions and audience Q&A with the filmmakers themselves. Providing intimate access to the process of film creation and the telling of stories that catch our hearts."

As a bonus, 2019 joint Australian of the Year, cave diver and specialist in aeromedical retrieval Dr Richard Harris will be attending on Saturday night as a guest speaker. He will talk about his role in the infamous 2018 Thai cave rescue.

Another guest speaker will be scientist and filmmaker Niall Doran, who will talk about the making of the film Sixteen Legs and what it takes to film giant Tasmanian cave spiders.

The film festival held August 30-31 at the Parndana Town Hall is about sharing and telling stories in a way that connects the Island community and also connects KI to the wider world.

Returning to Parndana, often referred to as the "heartland" of Kangaroo Island, for its second year in 2019, the festival is dedicated to the filmmaker and inspiring interest in science.

On Friday, August 30, the films shown will be New Island Home and Saving Warru witha talk by the filmmakers fromNinti Media, as well as Death of a Rose and Disconnected by young KI filmmaker Isaac Doman.

Then on Saturday, August 31, the films will be Sixteen Legs, Arachnophobia Featurette, with talks by the filmmaker Dr Doran and also Dr Harris.

Scientist and filmmaker Niall Doran, who will talk about the making of the film Sixteen Legs and what it takes to film giant Tasmanian cave spiders. Photo Joe Shemesh

Scientist and filmmaker Niall Doran, who will talk about the making of the film Sixteen Legs and what it takes to film giant Tasmanian cave spiders. Photo Joe Shemesh

Sixteen Legs tour coordinator Katrina Wills is excited about the upcoming festival.

"After the success of the 2016 Sixteen Legs exhibition in Parndana it makes sense to bring the documentary over," she said. "Anyone who saw the exhibition needs to see the documentary. As a caver myself this is an extremely exciting project to be involved in."

"The love life of giant prehistoric cave spiders the size of dinner plates that have outlived the dinosaurs, it doesn't get any sexier than that! For those that aren't a fan of spiders the documentary also showcases the jaw-dropping environments in which they live."

Film festival coordinator Sarah Kemp of Smart Future Creative is equally excited about the 2019 event.

"We have a really fantastic line up of films to show at this years festival including three locally made films," she said. "The festival aims to act as a catalyst for content generation that is meaningful and impactful."

Amy Pysden and Dan Clark from Ninti Media.

Amy Pysden and Dan Clark from Ninti Media.

Friday night 

On Friday, Dan Clark and Amy Pysden from Ninti Media will be at From the Heart Film Festival to present their films New Island Home and Saving Warru, which will be followed by an audience Q&A.

New Island Home ventures into the inner sanctum of the Dudley Football Club, telling the story of their partnership with the Clontarf Foundation to bring Aboriginal lads to the Island and into their team.

Dan is a professional journalist and independent filmmaker. Amy is a professional photographer, teacher and independent filmmaker. She has published photographs in hardback book Tjanpi Desert Weavers, as well as numerous Australian newspapers, magazines and websites.

Partners in life and business Dan and Amy have a wealth of experience in the media industry and it will be organiser's great pleasure to showcase their work at this year's From The Heart Film Festival.

KI filmmaker Isaac Doman.

KI filmmaker Isaac Doman.

This will be shown alongside Death of a Rose and Disconnected by emerging Kangaroo Island filmmaker Isaac Doman.

"From The Heart Film Festival is about sharing and telling stories in a way that connects us as an Island community and also connects us to the wider world, and aims to act as a catalyst for content generation that is meaningful and impactful. This year we are excited to be showcasing two short films by emerging Kangaroo Island filmmaker Isaac Doman."

Isaac, who was diagnosed with autism at 2 1/2 years of age and was non-verbal until the age of 8 years, completed year 12 on Kangaroo Island in 2017. He attended a special school until mid-2011 when he relocated to Kangaroo Island where he attended school at the KICE Kingscote campus and flourished, becoming aware of his unique artistic and visual talents. He is now pursing a career in filmmaking and will join us on the 30th of August at the Film festival to present Death of a Rose and Disconnected.

Death of a Rose puts us nearly a century into the future, nuclear waste has led to the destruction of civilisation, leaving most of humanity and the environment decimated. Somewhere out in the scorching wastelands, one isolated and socially devoid man watches his last garden rose wither under the blistering sun, as he fights for his own survival. While in Disconnected, a cast of local Kangaroo Island people, give us some insight into the impact of the digital era on our day-to-day lives.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketebo.com.au/fromtheheart

All profits from the festival will be donated to the Parndana Progress Association to go towards the Parndana Town Hall new lighting project.

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