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PERTH - THE FAMILY - SPECIAL Q & A SCREENING - 26 MARCH 2017 - 6.30PM - LUNA LEEDERVILLE (DOOR LIST)
26 Mar 2017
VIP DOUBLE: COMPLEMENTARY
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Special Q&A screening
featuring director Rosie Jones
and cult survivor Ben Shenton
Sunday 26 March 6.30pm at Luna Leederville
Join us for a Special and insightful Q&A Screening with award winning Director Rosie Jones (The Triangle Wars) and Ben Shenton, a cult survivor living in Perth, on Sunday 26 March following the 6.30pm session at Luna Leederville. Rosie delves into this seemingly implausible sect, giving voice to survivors and cult-members as they recount their stories.
A confronting new documentary that investigates Australia’s most terrifying cult. The culmination of many years of investigative film-making by award-winning director Rosie Jones (The Triangle Wars) and renowned documentary producer Anna Grieve, THE FAMILY lays bare the inner-workings of this seemingly implausible sect, giving voice to survivors and cult members, many for the first time, as they recount their stories alongside the Australian and international detectives who investigated the case.
Led by the eerily beautiful Anne Hamilton-Byrne, a charismatic yet deeply delusional woman whose followers were convinced that she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, ‘The Family’ was an apocalyptic sect that flourished beneath Melbourne’s conservative veneer from the 1960s through to the 1990s.
Born into an impoverished family, rife with mental illness, Hamilton-Byrne, whose birth name was Evelyn Edwards, disowned her humble beginnings, re-inventing herself as an accomplished sophisticate…and living god. Aided by powerful connections, such as physicist Raynor Johnson, and possessed with an uncanny ability to manipulate the vulnerabilities of others, this latter-day Svengali attracted as many as 700 followers during The Family’s heyday.
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