Upper River Hall

1009 Upper Kangaroo River Rd, Upper Kangaroo River, NSW, 2577

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Stephen Dupont | Photo by Tony Kearney
Stephen Dupont | Photo by Tony Kearney

FILM and Q&A 

Tickets $15 — includes drink and nibbles. Rated M.

Directed by Stephen Dupont
Produced by Elizabeth Tadic
In Association with Shark Island Foundation

The hall will be open from 4:30pm for drinks and mingling before the screening at 5pm.

Documentary film director Ian Darling will host a Q&A with the award winning director and photographer Stephen Dupont following the film.

Kaugere, is a one hour documentary by award winning photographer and director Stephen Dupont. An uplifting film despite being shot in the squalor of one of Papua New Guinea’s infamous settlements, Kaugere is a modern-day parable — of once tribal men finding new meaning through the game of rugby league. The coach Albert Muri is no stranger to the crime and raskol gangs that tore his family apart — his eldest son gunned down by police, his second son serving life in prison. But Albert’s last great hope is his youngest son, Dia. Together they train a local rugby team, and channel criminal minds into sporting heroes. The film won best documentary at 2023 Byron Bay International Film Festival  and the Grand Jury Prize at FIFO 2024 International Oceanian Documentary Film Festival and was described by Director Bob Connolly as  “one of the most graphic and illuminating films in recent memory.”

We are thrilled that Director Stephen Dupont can join us for this event and also delighted that documentary film maker Ian Darling will be there to host the conversation with Stephen and the audience after the screening.  Not only will we hear about how he came to make a film, his first, in Papua New Guinea  but also to touch on his long and remarkable career as a photographer. Stephen is recognised internationally for his photography on the human condition, war and climate, earning him dozens of prizes and several World Press Photo Awards. He has twice been an Official War Artist, (Afghanistan & Solomon Islands) for the Australian War Memorial and his hand made limited edition artist books and prints are heavily sought after and collected by major museums and private collectors around the world. He is a man of many talents and his projects and collaborations have included not only film but also theatre. This conversation will be as riveting as the film itself!

Tickets are $15 which include a drink (tea, coffee, beer, wine) and nibbles before the film. With the support of Shark Island Kangaroo Valley, all proceeds will go to the film maker and the Upper River Hall.

The film is not recommended for children under 15 years.

A man picking up rubbish in front of an old plane in a field — © Stephen Dupont