The Adelaide Film Festival kicks off 2021 with what promises to be a legendary opening weekend – the World Premiere of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund film THIS IS PORT ADELAIDE.
Rescheduled from November due to Covid restrictions, there will be several screenings over three celebratory days (Friday February 5 – Sunday February 7) at the Odeon Cinema, Semaphore, with Port Adelaide past and present heroes in attendance, as well as director/producer Nicole Miller and producers James Moody and Paul Ryan.
The weekend kicks off with a Gala red carpet event on Friday February 5 at 6.45pm. Special guests include:
Matthew Richardson (PAFC CEO)
John Cahill (Premiership Player and past Coach)
Brett Duncanson (Ex PAFC President)
Dan Smith (Hilltop Hoods)
Gavin Wanganeen (two time premiership player & Brownlow medallist)
Anton Andreacchio and Mat Kesting
Greg Boulton (Ex PAFC President)
Brian Cunningham (SANFL premiership captain and inaugural Port Adelaide AFL CEO)
Andrew Day, Kevin Osborn and Jamie Restas – Current PAFC Board members
Keith Thomas and Daniel Norton
Stephen Williams (Premiership Player)
There are a further 12 screenings over the weekend, culminating in a Special Legends Screening at 6.45pm on Sunday February 7.
Tim Ginever (seven-time premiership player) will host an introductory Q&A at the screening with Port Adelaide legends including Brian Cunningham (SANFL premiership captain and inaugural Port Adelaide AFL CEO), Warren Tredrea (AFL premiership captain) and Greg Phillips (eight-time premiership player and Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee).
Port Adelaide Football Club, one of the world’s oldest and most successful sporting clubs, celebrated 150 years in 2020. Love it or hate it, the club has become an integral part of the history of Adelaide. The film shares passionate first-hand accounts from players and one-eyed supporters who bleed for the club.
Adelaide director Nicole Miller (who has been mentored by Justin Kurzel, the director Snowtown and The True History of the Kelly Gang) became immersed in the world of footy and the Port Adelaide Football Club when she directed the recent series The AFL Show, which explains the sport to a Chinese audience.
Adelaide Film Festival CEO & Creative Director Mat Kesting says: “More than simply a football game, This is Port Adelaide is a universal story about what it means to belong.
2020 is a year that has brought unprecedented challenges for us all, but Port always rises to a challenge. The film celebrates the undying connection of the Port Adelaide community, passed down to each new generation, that underpins the resilience that the club needs to adapt and survive. What a truly Adelaide way to conclude our 2020 Festival program!”
Daniel Norton, Port Adelaide Football Club GM – Media and Executive Producer of This is Port Adelaide says the Port Adelaide Football Club story is 150 years in the making and it is a story that needs to be told and shared with generations to come.
“Port Adelaide is Australia’s most successful league football club. It is a remarkable story of highs and lows, underpinned by a shared football club and a surrounding community mantra of never, ever giving up,” Mr Norton said.
“It is a story of unparalleled success that needed to be celebrated and captured in a feature length film. It’s one of the great stories in Australian sport, the community football club who grew out of humble beginnings and became the only non-Victorian club to be elevated into the AFL.
“As we know the success of the club is not just because of its on-field deeds. We have an extraordinary community of support that has driven this great club forward since its inception as a social club back in 1870.
“And it’s the club’s loyal supporters and volunteers who are the true heroes of this film.
“This film is a celebration of a club, a community and an irresistible united force like you’ve never seen before.
“On behalf of the club, I thank our production partner 57 Films for their tireless contribution to this production and investment partner the Adelaide Film Festival for their generous support of this film.”
THIS IS PORT ADELAIDE will have a limited cinema release in the coming weeks. Date tbc. The film is being distributed nationally by the Adelaide Film Festival.
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