Story by Nick Rose, May 2015
Australia’s first food politics documentary, Fair Food, has been screened over 20 times since February this year to a combined audience of 1700 people. AFSA co-produced this documentary with Melbourne-based food publishers The Field Institute. We have been delighted with the response it has received to date.
The film features farmer innovators, social enterprise leaders, urban agriculture dynamos, and leading researchers and thinkers. It presents a sharp critique of the dysfunctional nature of Australia’s food system, and shows pathways to a fairer and more hopeful future.
The film has been screened in diverse locations including Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Albany, Seymour, Daylesford, Upwey, Launceston, Hobart, Byron Bay, Sydney, Ballarat, Lakes Entrance, Coonabarabran, and Brunswick. Upcoming screenings include Mildura, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Maitland, Perth, Temora and Mornington Peninsula.
Everywhere it’s been screened the film has sparked intense and passionate debate and conversation amongst highly engaged audiences. Topics for discussion have included the need for regional abattoirs, how a local high school is growing hundreds of kilos of corn for local foodbanks and selling to the local IGA, questions about food literacy and food education, issues facing local artisanal producers and Council red tape, questions about the impact of free trade, and how good food can reach people in lower income brackets.
The film can be screened at a suggested licence fee of $300. We are hugely grateful to all groups and organisations that have supported our work by screening this film, as it has helped us raise over $4000 so far. For those members with the time and capacity to assist further with fundraising, DVDs can now be provided for sale at selected screenings at a price point of $20 each.
Interested in hosting a screening?
If you are interested in screening the documentary, and/or would like some copies of the DVD to sell, please get in touch by leaving an expression of interest via www.justfoodfilms.com, or simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.