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Ithaka

Directed by Ben Lawrence
2021
Australia
115 minutes
All Ages
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John Shipton’s determined public advocacy for his son, Julian Assange, in the face of legal battles and media glare. A powerhouse premiere from Ben Lawrence (Ghosthunter, winner SFF 2018).
After Julian Assange was arrested at London's Ecuadorian embassy in 2019, his Victoria-based father stepped into the legal, political and media fray. Joined by Julian's fiancée, Stella Moris, 76-year-old Shipton lays out the situation to journalists, often sounding eerily like his detained son. In early 2021, the UK verdict on whether to extradite Julian to America collided with a pandemic and the US presidential election. As the crusade heats up, Shipton battles on, challenging misconceptions with quiet patience and remarkable composure. Filmed over two years across Europe and the UK, this powerful documentary from Lawrence (Hearts and Bones, SFF 2019) and Julian's brother/producer Gabriel Shipton (Emu Runner, SFF 2019) cleverly encompasses the manifold aspects of a singular campaign. With original music by Brian Eno.

Ben Lawrence's debut documentary Ghosthunter (SFF 2018) won the Documentary Australia Foundation Award and was an AACTA nominee. In 2020 he won Best Direction at the Australian Directors' Guild Awards for Hearts and Bones (SFF 2019), starring Hugo Weaving.
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award
Year
2021
Classification
All Ages
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Ben Lawrence
Producer
Gabriel Shipton, Adrian Devant
Cinematographer
Niels Ladefoged
Editor
Karen Johnson
Genre
Documentary, Australian Films, Biography, Human Rights, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Production Company: Shipton House
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