Sunday evening saw us screen “No Apologies” in Sydney for Kyah and Lydia’s families as well as some key supporters.
We had struggled to find a venue on a Sunday evening and were a fortnight ago recommended the Oxford Art Factory, as obviously we were not that familiar with Sydney.
“Camera 2” and I arrived an hour before and everything looked to be shaping up OK. That was until the technician started playing the film. The quality of the projector was well below the HD standard we had been lead to believe was going to be used.
However this was not going to dampen the evening. We had some very distinguished guests present, Ms Moya Dodd who is on the board of the AFC and an ex Matilda, Ex Socceroos coach Rale Rasic, Sydney FC Coach Alan Stajic, Ex Socceroo Dave Mitchell, Andrew Penfold CEO of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Ms Coleen Marion from Gathering Place, Mr John Moriarty the first Indigenous player to be picked for Australia and Mr Warren Mundine CEO of NTSCorp. In addition we had a number of Matildas present, Thea Slatyer, Servet Uzunlar and Danielle Brogan.
The film was exceptionally well received and many in the audience admitted to shedding a tear or two. It was incredibly humbling hearing just how important many felt the film was not just in terms of recording this amazing event, but also as a part of Australia’s social history.
The key thing was that the two girls seemed happy with the end result and felt that we had portrayed them in a positive light – was there really any other way we could have portrayed them?
We have sent the film to the television stations and hope that a few of the people who attended can use their influence to ensure that it is aired. We will keep you posted as to when that is likely to be.