A special community screening — Prison Songs

This ancient valley has an ancient history. The first people who called this place home, did so tens of thousands of years ago. It is this Aboriginal history that we wish to acknowledge and celebrate at The ARTS LAB on Sunday 13th August afternoon. Please join us!

We will be presenting a very special community screening of two incredible but very different documentaries and will hear an inspiring personal story from Prison Songs ambassador Keenan Mundine who will join us on the day with others from the film production team.  

Prison Songs, is a musical portrait of the Dickensian Berrimah Prison in Darwin and those living within its crowded walls. This is Australia’s first ever documentary musical; the inmates are shown in a unique and completely new light, sharing their feelings, faults and experiences in the most extraordinary way – through song. Singing pervades Prison Songs with prisoners breaking into hip-hop, blues, country, reggae or gospel as they talk about the reasons they find themselves locked up. The personal, often intimate stories mesh together to create a portrait of life in a society with one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. “Prison songs conveys the brutal reality of prison life with a playfulness not usually permitted in prison stories.” (Sydney Morning Herald – 5 stars).

Following Prison Songs, we will hear from Keenan Mundine, a young man who has lived experience in jail – after years of being left to sink deeper into the quicksand of the justice system, he was given a rare lifeline in 2013 and grabbed it with both hands. His story, which he will share following the screening, is both moving and inspiring.

This is a FREE event but seats are limited. Please make sure to RSVP using our contact form to reserve your seats!

The afternoon will begin with a welcome to country at 1.30pm and will finish at 5pm. Our candy bar will be open, selling light snacks and drinks (cash only).  

Both films have been Rated M (course language, mild drug reference) but they are both uplifting and important human stories. Young people are welcome at parents discretion.

Please contact us to reserve your seats and to find out more about this special community event!