Jack Thompson with a black leather jacket

Celebrate the work of iconic Australian actor Jack Thompson and raise funds for the Indigenous-owned and run health service Purple House

Presented by David Stratton

With the support of SFF & NFSA

Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive Logo

David Stratton has selected three classic Australian features to celebrate Jack Thompson’s milestone birthday and 50+ years in the industry. The three films – Sunday Too Far Away (recently restored and preserved digitally by the National Film and Sound Archive), Breaker Morant, and The Sum of Us – will be presented online from Monday 31 August (Jack’s birthday) to Sunday 6 September. Funds raised from the online screenings will go to the Indigenous-owned and run health service Purple House, a charity close to Jack’s heart.

David Stratton has filmed an introduction to the program; Matt Carroll (Producer, Sunday Too Far Away), Bruce Beresford (director, Breaker Morant), and Geoff Burton (co-director, The Sum of Us and DOP, Sunday Too Far Away) have recorded introductions to their respective features. Other guests marking Jack’s 80th year online include Indigenous composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist William Barton; actor-director Hunter Page-Lochard; actor Sigrid Thornton; and NFSA Chief Curator Gayle Lake.

2020 is turning out to be a difficult year for everyone, Australian filmmakers and film lovers included, so take this opportunity to celebrate some classic Australian cinema and an iconic actor, alongside the work of the NFSA, as you support a much-valued Indigenous health service.