Monday, 15 October 2012


Unsung Heroes is a revelatory documentary from producer and international children's advocate Alethea Gold, revealing the behind the scenes story of her collaboration with acclaimed photographer Luca Zordan as they travel across Africa to shoot their photographic book Children Of South Africa, their second in a charity series.

Premiering as a special fund raising screening at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival on Thursday 25th October, Unsung Heroes will be introduced by Alex Dimitriades, welcoming Her Excellency Ms Koleka Mqulwana, High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa. Other guests attending this unique event include Heidi Middelton and Sara-Jane Clarke, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, George Gregan, Glenn Shorrock, Camilla Franks, Terry Biviano &Anthony Minichello,  Annalise Braakensiek, Fernando Frisoni, Leo Sayor, Deborah Thomas and  Alexandra Smart (Ginger and Smart). Exclusive drinks and nibbles at the Biloela Heritage House within the festival precinct will follow the screening.

This inspiring film, rather than offering up a story about grinding poverty, instead reveals a nation of children eager for opportunity, and the unsung heroes who have dedicated their lives to give them shelter, care and support.

The book Children Of South Africa was launched in conjunction with the
2011 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, raising funds for the charity AFRIKA TIKKUN, which looks after 25,000 extremely underprivileged and vulnerable children in 6 townships across South Africa. Nelson Mandela is the Chief Patron of this charity, and has commented, "The work this charity is doing is a miracle".

As part of their experience photographing this book, Gold and Zordan met Cynthia Tobias, a woman devoted to feeding and nurturing 28 vulnerable children, who now, due to the recent passing of her husband, relies on a single pension to ensure the survival of these children. Part of their ambition behind the screening of this film, is to raise money for this extraordinary woman and her extra special cause.

100% of the proceeds from this wonderful event will be donated to AFRIKA TIKKUN in partnership with Global Development Group to provide sports coaches for the 25,000 children under their care, as well as Cynthia Tobias, a very special unsung hero.

Guests will also be able to attend the 'Precinct Nightclub' on Cockatoo Island as part of their ticket, if they wish to stay and savour the festival atmosphere after this event. Otherwise a dedicated VIP Ferry will transport all Unsung Heroes guests to and from the island.

Thursday 25th October 2012
6.00pm VIP Ferry departs Rose Bay Wharf; 6.15pm depart Opera House; 6.30pm arrives Cockatoo Island 6.45pm Screening in Blacksmith Cinema 7.45pm Drinks at Biloela Heritage House 9.30pm VIP Ferry returning to Rose Bay Wharf, arriving 10.00pm

Tickets $110 (including ferry)

100% of proceeds to be donated to AFRIKA TIKKUN in partnership with Global Development Group and Cynthia Tobias, an unsung hero.

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