SWB NEWSLETTER - EPISODE 2: NEW SPONSOR & A NEW VEHICLE

Welcome to our second monthly newsletter, with a wrap of August news.

NEW SPONSOR AND A NEW VEHICLE!

The BIG news is that Western Nissan have graciously DONATED a Nissan Navara Twin Cab ute for our Cinema Loro sa’e program in Timor-Leste. This is an incredibly generous contribution, for which we are heartily thankful to Western Nissan owner and local resident Conrad Taylor, for Screens Without Borders and it enables a number of ideas to be activated.

  Conrad Taylor presenting Michael Smith with the keys for their new Nissan Navara.

Conrad Taylor presenting Michael Smith with the keys for their new Nissan Navara.

Over the next two months the vehicle will be converted into a POP OUT CINEMA, the travelling all in one cinema vehicle designed by SWB founder Michael Smith, which makes delivering cinema based storytelling into hard to reach places possible.

In November we conduct some screenings locally with the new rig, before hitting the highway for the ultimate road trip – travelling from Melbourne to Darwin via the outback, visiting towns such as Alice Springs, Tenant Creek and Borroloola and the surrounding Communities along the way, screening films and undertaking a pilot program to help enable a SWB expansion into the NT next year.

Once in Darwin, and visiting our friends at the Darwin deckchair Cinema, it’ll be off to the docks to board a ship to Dili, where the Nissan travelling cinema will be based.

  Thanks Conrad and all your team for believing in the Screens Without Borders program and making this new chapter possible.

Thanks Conrad and all your team for believing in the Screens Without Borders program and making this new chapter possible.

CINEMA LORO SA’E

August has seen Angelo and the team travelling to the remote districts of Ainaro and Suai. With several screenings in each region, amongst many of the smaller villages, it always amazing to see several hundred people attending the screenings. They say in show business the “show must go on”, and when in one of the villages of Ainaro the supposedly dry season greeted them with a night of rain, they managed to set up inside the local school classroom to make sure no one missed out – it was standing room only! Michael is heading to Timor on Monday for the rest of the month, so looking forward to more news and updates next month.

  Looks like the new Nissan Navara ute will arrive just in the nick of time!

Looks like the new Nissan Navara ute will arrive just in the nick of time!

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