Movie screenings cancelled but Real Film Festival workshops still rolling into Raymond Terrace

BRAVE: Ashley Treseder in January 2019 after he broke his neck diving from the jetty in Shoal Bay. He is the subject of a short documentary called Bulletproof: Ashley. Picture: Kate Geraghty
BRAVE: Ashley Treseder in January 2019 after he broke his neck diving from the jetty in Shoal Bay. He is the subject of a short documentary called Bulletproof: Ashley. Picture: Kate Geraghty

The Real Film Festival's screening of two movies in Raymond Terrace on Thursday night has been cancelled.

Bulletproof: Ashley, a short documentary based on Ashley Treseder who broke his neck diving off the Shoal Bay jetty in January, and feature film Defend, Conserve, Protect, which documents Sea Shepherd's fight against the Japanese whaling fleet, were due to show at Scotty's Cinema Centre in Raymond Terrace from 6pm.

However, organisers have cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". While no dates have been set, it is expected the films will show in Raymond Terrace early in 2020.

The two Real Film Festival workshops with Michael Cox due to be held in Raymond Terrace on Thursday will go ahead, organisers said.

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The Real Film Festival will land in Raymond Terrace on Thursday, bringing with it workshops for budding filmmakers and cinema screenings for documentary lovers.

Michael Cox, a Virtual Reality specialist and the head of visual effects supervisor that worked on smash hit Avatar plus the likes of Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class, will present two workshops at Port Stephens Council's administration building in Raymond Terrace on December 5.

Workshop one, starting at 9am, will focusing on filming like a pro on your iPhone.

Workshop two, starting 11.30am, will be a journey into the VFX and VR Industry.

The cost to participate in the workshops cost $20-$25 each or $30-$35 for both (based on concession).

A short and a feature film will show at Scotty's Cinema Centre from 6pm on Thursday as part of the festival.

Bulletproof: Ashley, a short documentary based on Ashley Treseder who dove off a pier in Shoal Bay in January and became a C4 tetraplegic, will show alongside feature film Defend, Conserve, Protect which documents marine conservation group Sea Shepherd's fight against the Japanese whaling fleet.

Film tickets cost $8-$10.

After the screenings there will be a chance to ask questions of Karina Micheli, acting coordinator Sea Shepherd Hunter and Central Coast, plus Treseder himself.

For more information on the workshops and film screenings or to purchase tickets go to realfilmfestival.com.au.