Lee Hirsch, the director of the critically-acclaimed documentary BULLY, will land in Australia next week ahead of the film’s release in cinemas on August 23, 2012.
A Sundance and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Hirsch will introduce a charity screening of BULLY at Dendy Cinemas, Newtown on Monday, August 6. All money raised will be donated to headspace, Australia’s national youth mental health foundation (www.headspace.org.au).
Other headspace charity screenings will take place around the country at Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley (Aug 14), Luna on SX, Freemantle (Aug 16) and Cinema Nova, Carlton (Aug 21).
After Sydney, Hirsch will travel south as a special guest of the Melbourne International Film Festival where the documentary is being screened on August 10, 11 and 14. MIFF will also host the panel discussion Bully: Schoolyard to Screen, exclusive for school students, on August 14.
Hirsch will be joined on the panel by Ruby Rose, Joel Pellicci (headspace youth ambassador), Sandra Randovini (headspace clinical director), Rosie Thomas (Project Rockit), Jack Heath (SANE) and Dr Judith Slocombe (The Alannah and Madeline Foundation) to talk about making a film designed to bring about change, and how we can all act to stop the problem of bullying.