'Hearts and Bones' -- a story about hope, trauma, family and friendship

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Image Copyright: Hearts and Bones Films, Spectrum Films, Lemac Films (Australia), Create NSW and Screen Australia. Used with permission.

Hearts and Bones is a story about hope and the mysterious bonds of family, friendship and fatherhood.

Hugo Weaving, Bolude Watson, Ben Lawrence, Andrew Luri and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new film, Hearts and Bones, PTSD, relationships and hope, the power of community, the image and why finding our way home matters.

In this new film, war photographer Daniel Fisher has returned home to the news of his partner's pregnancy. Determined to not let fatherhood alter his way of life, he begins preparations for an upcoming exhibition and his next overseas assignment. However, as the birth of his child draws near he struggles to keep his rising anxiety hidden.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese refugee Sebastian Aman has created a safe life in Australia with his wife and child. His peaceful life is disturbed when Dan's exhibition threatens to display photographs of a massacre that occurred in Sebastian's home village, 15 years earlier. When Sebastian approaches Dan with an appeal to not display any images of the massacre, an unlikely friendship develops between the men.

Bonded by their shared trauma, Sebastian introduces Dan to members of a community choir. These survivors of war offer Dan an escape from the anxieties of imminent fatherhood, much to the frustration of his wife. When Sebastian uncovers among Dan's photographic archive an image of his daughter, thought to have died in war, the men set about finding her.

Amid the search for the young girl, Dan unearths disturbing details surrounding Sebastian's past and the startling revelations threaten to destroy both families. Amid the pain, each man must face their painful past in order to regain their salvation.

About our guests:

Ben Lawrence is an internationally award-winning director and photographer. His short films have screened at Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles, San Gio and Sao Paulo film festivals. In 2018, his critically acclaimed debut feature documentary Ghosthunter screened at multiple festivals around the world and was nominated for a prestigious Illuminate Award at the Sheffield Film Festival. It also earned an AACTA Award nomination for Best Feature Length Documentary and won the Best Australian Documentary Award at the Sydney Film Festival.

Hugo Weaving has enjoyed an enormously varied and successful career in film, theatre and television. He has won numerous awards, including three Australian Film Institute awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- in Jocelyn Moorhouse's Proof; The Interview (for which he also won Best Actor at The Montreal World Film Festival), and Little Fish. In 2011, he was an inaugural AACTA (Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts) award winner for his performance in Oranges and Sunshine. In 2015 he won his second AACTA award for The Dressmaker. In 2016 he won another for his work in Hacksaw Ridge, and followed this up in 2017 with another for Jasper Jones.

Andrew Luri was born in Juba, which is now the capital of South Sudan. He came to Australia via Cairo ,Egypt, to Darwin then to Melbourne. He is married and has seven children. Music is his hobby and he is a church and community leader. He loves comedy and studied at Charles Darwin University, and he also studied counter terrorism at Swinburne University. He is multi skilled and has had many different jobs over the years. Hearts and Bones is his first film and the culmination of a childhood dream.

Bolude Watson is a Nigerian born American raised actress. A move to Sydney, Australia in 2014 from Los Angeles, jumpstarted her career, starring in Ché Baker's science fiction film Blue World Order as female lead Marion Connors. Bolude's television credits include roles in shows such as Deadly Women and Your Number's Up. Bolude is also co-creator with Michela Carattini of the web series Americans in Oz which made its online debut last year. As an African American and with a deep passion for story telling, Bolude's goal is to be part of the movement that creates a space for diverse voices in film and television.

Image Copyright: Hearts and Bones Films, Spectrum Films, Lemac Films (Australia), Create NSW and Screen Australia. Used with permission.

F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face. 

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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