Australian roadshow comes to town


Keith Gardner, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, inaugurated the Australian Embassy Film Roadshow, a festival of contemporary Australian films, amid a reception at Russian Culture Centre, Kamalpokhari on August 12.

Gardner said, “In the recent years, Australian films have won large acclaim not only inside the country but also internationally and I hope that Nepali viewers would also like it.” Screening of the movie ‘Swimming Upstream’ followed. Based on a true story of 1950’s, Brisbane swimming champion Anthony Fingelton’s autobiography the movie is emotionally powerful and inspiring. One among the five siblings in Fingelton family, Anthony grew up competing with his brother John in swimming and also for the attention and affection of his alcoholic father. Anthony’s father wanted to see his elder son John win the swimming championship and constantly encouraged him while Anthony was neglected. Rather than being let down by this differential treatment, Anthony translates this grief into inner stre-ngth to become a champion. Finally with his extraordinary swimming talent he is able to become a champion and win his father’s love.

The films being screened during this festival would help gain an understanding of the lives of people in contemporary Australia. Free passes are available at Australian Embassy at Bansbari and Hotel Radisson.

Shows on schedule:

Date Time Film

August 13 11:00am ‘Japanese Story’

August 13 2:00pm ‘Thunderstruck’

August 14 11:00am ‘Swimming Upstream’

August 14 2:00pm ‘Ned Kelly’

August 15 5:30pm ‘Bootmen’

August 16 5:30pm ‘Getting Square’