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Keeping Hope

Directed by Tyson Mowarin
52 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Mark Coles Smith, an Indigenous actor from the Kimberley, returns to interrogate the alarming suicide rates there and meet remarkable people now making a real difference in its prevention.
If the Kimberley was a country, at times it would have the highest suicide rates in the world. The vast majority are young Indigenous men. Mark Coles Smith, an Indigenous actor who grew up in the Kimberley, returns to try to discover why this is the case. It's a subject that’s close to Mark’s heart – his best friend committed suicide at just 23. On his journey, Mark meets some remarkable people directly affected by suicide who are now making a real and hopeful difference in its prevention.

Special Guests

Tyson Mowarin
Tyson Mowarin’s award-winning films include Undiscovered Country (SFF 2019) and Connection to Country(SFF 2017). For more than 10 years, he’s produced innovative digital projects plus factual and drama content in Western Australia’s Pilbara.
Mark Coles-Smith
A proud Nyikina man with a gift for storytelling, Mark Coles-Smith works across several genres as an actor, writer, producer and sound designer. He currently stars as the iconic Detective Jay Swann in Mystery Road: Origin (SFF 2022) and recently appeared in Jub Clerc’s debut feature Sweet As (TFF 2023). He won a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play for his work on Leah Purcell's acclaimed adaptation of The Drover's Wife.

Films showing at this event:

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)
Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch takes a road trip back to Country (Aputula), as memories from his childhood return. Berlinale 2023, Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and Teddy queer short film prize.


Mon 12 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Tue 13 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Documentary Australia Award, First Nations
Unclassified 15+
In English
Tyson Mowarin
Darren Hutchinson
Torstein Dyrting
Chris Trappe
World Premiere
Documentary, First Nations, Human Rights, Australian Films, World Premieres
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: SBS/NITV
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