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Guilty Film – Special Screening – World Day Against The Death Penalty
Guilty – the film about the final 72-hours of Bali-9’s Myuran Sukumaran – will screen in each state, as part of a national screening event on Wednesday 10 October 2018 – World Day Against The Death Penalty.
The film depicts the final days in the life of Myuran Sukumaran, the convicted criminal who became an accomplished artist on death row under the tutorship of artist Ben Quilty. In the film, clinical preparations for capital punishment contrast with Myuran’s indomitable spirit as he creates some of his most powerful paintings just before his execution by an Indonesian firing squad alongside fellow Australian Andrew Chan in April 2015.
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were fully rehabilitated men at the time of their executions. Guilty shows the tragic loss of their lives and the horrific impact the executions had on their families.
This film – and these screening events – are to support organizations working towards the worldwide abolition of the death penalty at a time when the Australian government is negotiating a resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty in the United Nations.
Myuran Sukumaran’s mother, Raji Sukumaran says of the film: “Myuran would be so happy that this film has been made, he wanted us to let people know that the death penalty is wrong.”
At screenings around Australia, there will be presentations by human rights advocates and the GUILTY filmmaking team including Matthew Sleeth (director/co-writer), Maggie Miles (producer/co-writer), Raji Sukumaran, Julian McMahon AC SC, Pastor Christie Buckingham (Myuran Sukumaran’s spiritual advisor at his execution), actor Adam McConvell, journalist/actor Bela Kusumah Kasim, Barrister-at-Law Stephen Keim SC, Georgie Bright (Human Rights Watch), Daniel Webb (Human Rights Law Centre), representatives from Amnesty International and many others yet to be announced.
Julian McMahon AC SC represented both Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan and is President of Reprieve Australia, the anti-death penalty lobby group. He says, “We see that not only are some nations continuing to execute – 23 countries did so in 2017 – but we also see new and populist regimes calling for the reintroduction of the death penalty, or for more executions. We must show leadership in combating those political strategies which embrace executing or the promotion of the death penalty as a political tool. As we consider what we can do in our region, the film GUILTY can be part of our argument.”
For more information on the film, please visit www.guiltyfilm.com.au
National screening – 10 October 2018.
About Guilty – Brisbane Screening
World Day Against the Death Penalty – Palace Barracks, Brisbane
Hosted by Reprieve Australia and Human Rights Watch
Join us at Palace Barracks, Brisbane for an introductory talk and a screening of GUILTY on Wednesday 10th of October, World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Moderator: Georgie Bright, Human Rights Watch
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Keim SC, Patron of the Julian Wagner Memorial Fund and Australians Against Capital Punishment.