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SIXTEEN LEGS Launceston Film Screening: BOFA Special Event

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The Tramsheds Function Centre


4 Invermay Rd

Launceston, Tasmania 7250


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SIXTEEN LEGS Premiere: A Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival Special Event!

“A playful, stunning documentary... as epically gorgeous as it is fantastically artful.” – Edhat Review, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

“I don’t think it could ever be said that the work of Attenborough will at any point be irrelevant – but, like all art, there is always room for adaptation and imagination. SIXTEEN LEGS arguably does just that.” – Wild Melbourne Review, Melbourne test screening.

SIXTEEN LEGS was born and bred in Tasmania and we're excited to finally bring it home. This premiere is the culmination of years of work to tell the extraordinary story of the unusual love life of the giant Tasmanian Cave Spider, via a journey through the beautiful World Heritage wilderness of the state and the stunning ecology of Australia's deepest caves. The film has already been acclaimed at film festivals across the United States, and will be showcased to audiences globally by National Geographic.

SEE THE TRAILER at www.sixteenlegs.com or find 'Bookend Trust' on Facebook.

SIXTEEN LEGS is one of the most significant and ambitious independent film projects to come out of Tasmania. It highlights Tasmanian ingenuity and creativity, with a go-getting team that is making an international splash after having fought hard to keep this a fully Tasmanian-produced project.

In lieu of a 2017 Festival, the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) is hosting a series of special screenings of the film for the Tasmanian public. This follows prior strong BOFA support for the project, with the award-winning behind the scenes short film ‘16 Legs: Spider Love’ being co-launched by BOFA and the Banff Mountain Film Festival in a special dual-hemisphere screening in 2014, and co-director Niall Doran being awarded BOFA’s inaugural ‘Devil Award’ for Innovation in 2012.

BOFA is now proud to showcase the full-length film, with much of its footage and background research coming from the caves of northern Tasmania. The first of the BOFA special showings will be in Hobart (16 October, Stanley Burbury Theatre) and Launceston (25 October, Tramsheds) with other locations TBA. These screenings are Tasmania's opportunity to see the film early in its full-length big screen glory while also supporting a great statewide educational cause.

All ticket proceeds will be used to support the Bookend Trust's education activities, including Expedition Class, Fiji Power, the Antarctic Experience and Coast Watchers. Your attendance will be a valued vote of confidence in our ongoing work to share the wonders of our natural world and how students and the whole community can be part of positive solutions to the challenges we face.

The Launceston screening will be launched by the esteemed Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Aunty Patsy Cameron.

Times: 6.30pm, for seating by 6.55pm. Supporting material will be on display in the foyer. Film screening will commence after a short presentation.

Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks will be available before, during and after the screening.

Screening time: 100 minutes approx plus presentation.

The film makers will be mingling for questions after the screening.

Books and other merchandise will be available in the foyer for purchase after the film.

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A humorously unusual documentary about giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates seeking kinky love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often unfairly reviled, that has survived prior mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath the World Heritage mountains of the stunning Tasmanian wilderness. But first you have to journey through Australia's deepest caves to meet them...

With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this real-world "Charlotte's Web" capitalizes on master story-teller NEIL GAIMAN's global popularity to bring a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.

Where has SIXTEEN LEGS been shown?

SIXTEEN LEGS is Tasmanian produced, and the preview version has already been gaining global attention. It has won a Gold Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society, 5x Awards of Excellence/Special Merit from the Accolade Global Film Competition (Documentary Feature, Natural History, Cinematography, Editing & Score), 3x finalist nominations from the MIFF Awards in Italy (3x categories: Best Film, Best Documentary & Best Score), and multiple Official Selections including the famous Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C., where it was the only non-David Attenborough film selected for the screening session at the Smithsonian. The film has just been announced as a finalist for the highly prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in late September 2017.

The first public screening of the SIXTEEN LEGS draft was a personal selection by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) in Santa Fe, with a giant spider attached to the outside of his cinema for the screening. In March 2017, we held a test screening in Melbourne, and 900 people turned up to a single session to see it. (The Age named it as one of the top events to see in Melbourne that weekend). Both the film and accompanying exhibition have just been showcased in Penrith (NSW) to the International Congress of Speleology, with 450 delegates from over 40 countries. SIXTEEN LEGS has been selected by ARTE for broadcast in France/Germany and by National Geographic for North America and the rest of the world – which will present the film to hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe. This screening is your opportunity to see it early, and also in its full-length big screen glory.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

SIXTEEN LEGS is yet to be classified and this is a special event/festival screening of PG equivalent. It is accessible to all ages but very young children might struggle with the running time of a feature film. You can always nip out into foyer for a run around if needed.

What is the Bookend Trust?

The Bookend Trust is the multi-award winning educational arm of the Pennicott Foundation. The Foundation was established by ecotourism pioneer Robert Pennicott, and Bookend projects are a Tasmanian initiative built under guidance from the late author Bryce Courtenay ('The Power of One').

Please visit the website www.bookendtrust.com or our school portal at www.expeditionclass.com for further information or find 'Bookend Trust' on Facebook.

What educational work does my ticket support?

Income generated from our work is fed directly back into our charitable educational programs, which are interwoven combinations of live and interactive online expeditions, school and teacher support tools, exhibitions, books and multimedia. Our recent projects have provided opportunities for families to access education to escape the trap of people trafficking in Thailand, have helped students install alternative power supplies for medical equipment in remote Fiji (providing both medical benefits and a means of transitioning Fijian communities away from fossil fuels to renewable energy systems), have involved regional students undertaking endangered animal surveys across Australia, and have even flown students over Antarctica in exciting, inspiring career-development programs.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking on site. Level access to the building and wheelchair access available.

Will there be other screenings?

This is the only screening currently scheduled for Launceston. A screening is also being planned for Devonport (dates TBD). While other screenings may be held, get in to see it while you can - and before we tour it to other places!

What's the refund policy?

This is a fundraiser for much needed educational work. There are no refunds on tickets sold, but tickets are transferable.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, if you get double booked hand it off to a friend. Just check that they're not total arachnophobes.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

To make admittance to the theater smooth and easy, it is preferred if you can please bring a printed ticket. But don't stress if you forget, we'll work it out ;)

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