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Caitlin Newton-Broad is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

Caitlin Newton-Broad is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone. She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney. 

Caitlin will support local artists to tell stories of Western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop the grassroots program and Curious Classroom, building from the clear path set down by Elias Nohra and Mark Taylor.

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Life growing up in Sydney’s multicultural western suburbs will feature alongside the best and most innovative world cinema after our debut feature film, Riz, was selected for the prestigious 2015 Sydney Film Festival.

Riz is a western Sydney success story. Not only is our first feature film set in the area, it takes our mission to share the largely untold stories of the region’s multicultural communities to new audiences.

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Riz is premiering at the Sydney Film festival
Sat 6 Jun 8:00PM Dendy Opera Quays Cinema
Sun 7 Jun 7:00PM Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Mon 8 Jun 8:05PM Dendy Newtown Cinema
Book your tickets here.

Life growing up in Sydney’s multicultural western suburbs will feature alongside the best and most innovative world cinema after our debut feature film, Riz, was selected for the prestigious 2015 Sydney Film Festival.

Riz is a western Sydney success story. Not only is our first feature film set in the area, it takes our mission to share the largely untold stories of the region’s multicultural communities to new audiences.

It has been made on a $75,000 shoestring budget, using local debut actors and a crew that included young aspiring film-makers who have been developing their skills through the CuriousWorks’ training programs for western suburbs youth. These ‘Curious Creators’ gained unprecedented feature film production experience with important crew roles.

Riz was also the narrative feature debut for co-writers and directors Guido Gonzalez (one of our Cultural Leaders who trained the Curious Creators) and S. Shakthidharan (CuriousWorks Artistic Director).

Riz is based on Guido’s real life experiences growing up in Cabramatta.

“This is just amazing recognition,” said Shakthi, who made it his artistic mission to “reveal another Australia” when he founded CuriousWorks ten years ago.

“We’re telling the stories of western Sydney, and taking them to new audiences. For a debut film with unknown actors and a crew filled with our trainee ‘Curious Creators’ to be accepted into the Sydney Film Festival is incredible.”

The film is a unique Australian coming-of-age story. The central character, Riz, is a leader among a group of teenage boys. He excels at school, becomes the first in his Indian family to be offered a university place and seems destined for great things.

His bond with mates from different refugee and working class backgrounds is stronger than family. As an 18th birthday present, they film stories of how Riz has supported them through a maze of social problems they’ve encountered during high school years. He’s kept them off the streets and away from crime.

But Riz now faces betraying his closest friends as he struggles to maintain a secret second life and a future at odds with his cultural and social background.

His middle-class girlfriend, Kylie, has never met his family or friends. They don’t know she exists. He has lied to her about where he lives. She doesn’t know he has doubts about going to university or on their planned gap-year. He creates two worlds and the conflicting expectations of each gradually overwhelm him.

The film is a moving, sometimes funny, portrayal of life for young people in western Sydney, but one that also lays bare the rarely-crossed divide between it and the city’s more affluent suburbs, according to Guido.

“Kylie’s comfortable upbringing and carefree attitude to university are alien concepts for Riz, who feels the pressure to ‘start earning’. To him a gap year is a fantasy,” Guido said.

“Riz’s issues are real issues for many young people in the west. The film is a personal story of friendship and betrayal but it also illustrates the social division we have in Sydney and the tension and barriers to opportunity that creates.”

Shakthi believes another strength of the film is that it features culturally diverse actors, but in roles as normal everyday people.

“It’s a strange thing to say in 2015, but it’s still the case in so many Australian productions that the Indian or Sri Lankan characters will be doctors or small shop owners, or the Muslim is a terrorist. That’s not the reality you see when you walk around communities in western Sydney,” he said.

“Australian films and TV, even so-called documentaries, still don’t tell the story of western Sydney without resorting to stereotypes. Riz shows an economically-poor and culturally-diverse Sydney, not the narrow travelogue vision of beautiful beaches and blond surfers that so often gets presented to the world,” Shakthi said.

Riz will have three screenings at next month’s Sydney Film Festival:
Saturday 6 June – Dendy Opera Quays at 8pm
Sunday 7 June – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre at 7pm
Monday 8 June – Dendy Newtown at 8.05pm
Book your tickets here.
More information here.

Riz is presented by CuriousWorks in association with Carriageworks and Australia Council for the Arts.



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Explore a story of global and suburban displacement told through the courageous and inspiring stories of one of Australia’s oldest farming families and one of Australia’s newest arrivals.

If you enjoy this, come to Sunday’s Federation Square screening of more Meet+Eat films from the current and past series – click here for event details.

Meet Omar, Nadia and the Troutbek brothers.

Explore a story of global and suburban displacement told through the courageous and inspiring stories of one of Australia’s oldest farming families and one of Australia’s newest arrivals.

Down the road, on the suburban fringe, three elderly brothers in their 80s are still single-handedly running the last dairy farm in Craigieburn. After four generations on the land, their days are numbered as they struggle to survive the modernisation of milk production and the ever approaching suburban sprawl.

Nadia and Omar, on the other hand, have already had to leave their land in Pakistan and for them, living in the new developments on the rural fringe in Craigieburn is a hidden paradise. What transpires is a beautiful portrait of what it is to belong to a land and live off the land.

Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn.Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.

At its heart, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories. We would love to hear what you have taken from this film, so please comment below or connect and comment on our Facebook page.

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.

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WILD LIVERPOOLMeet Uncle Steve & GlenMeet Liverpool’s citizen of the year and Aboriginal elder, Uncle Steve and local historian and wild food forager, Glen. Uncle Steve unravels the smoking ceremony ...

WILD LIVERPOOLMeet Uncle Steve & GlenMeet Liverpool’s citizen of the year and Aboriginal elder, Uncle Steve and local historian and wild food forager, Glen. Uncle Steve unravels the smoking ceremony and shares stories of Aboriginal history and his experience as an Aboriginal person growing up in Western Sydney. Glen is born and bred in Liverpool on the former Collingwood estate and is a loyal ambassador for Liverpool’s past. As forager of Warrigal greens and homegrown native food aficionado, Glen prepares a modern Australian menu for Uncle Steve.—Don’t miss a thing of the Curious World, SUBSCRIBE to the CuriousWorks YouTube channel. —Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn.Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.At its heart, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories.We would love to hear what you have taken from this film, so please comment below or connect and comment on our Facebook page.Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program. Additional funding for training of our Cultural Leaders courtesy of EastWeb. http://meeteat.com.au/episode-5-wild-liverpool/http://curiousworks.com.auhttp://artsforhealth.com.au/project/meeteat-curiousworks/

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Meet Liverpool’s citizen of the year and Aboriginal elder, Uncle Steve and local historian and wild food forager, Glen.

Meet Liverpool’s citizen of the year and Aboriginal elder, Uncle Steve and local historian and wild food forager, Glen.

Uncle Steve unravels the smoking ceremony and shares stories of Aboriginal history and his experience as an Aboriginal person growing up in Western Sydney. Glen is born and bred in Liverpool on the former Collingwood estate and is a loyal ambassador for Liverpool’s past. As forager of Warrigal greens and homegrown native food aficionado, Glen prepares a modern Australian menu for Uncle Steve.

Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn.Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.

At its heart, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories. We would love to hear what you have taken from this film, so please comment below or connect and comment on our Facebook page.

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.