Aust doco remembers Tibetan nun murder

04 February, 2009 by IF

[Press Release by Mark Gould]

In the autumn of 2006, two groups of people attempted to climb the snow-capped Himalayas, one seeking freedom, the other adventure. A brutal murder threw them together, changing their lives forever.


In an incident that shocked the world, a teenage nun was killed when Chinese border police opened fire on a group of pilgrims as they fled Tibet over the infamous NangPa Pass. The shooting was witnessed international mountain climbers who filmed the events and helped rescue a survivor before broadcasting the story to the world.

Using shocking footage, reenactments and interviews with witness and survivors, Murder in the Snow tells of thousands of young Tibetans who risk their lives each year to illegally cross the rugged Himalaya Mountains in an attempt to see their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, or attend school in India.

Join the makers of this remarkable documentary for a one off premiere screening and discussion of the international version of TIBET: MURDER IN THE SNOW.

On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s dramatic exile from Tibet hear about how the film was made and financed (presales to BBC, SBS, TSR, RTBF, DR, YLE, investment from Screen Australia and Film Victoria).

The Director: Mark Gould
Mark Gould works across theatre, film and TV. His documentary work includes The Winners’ Guide to the Nobel Prize (Winner Golden Dragon Bejing Science Film Festival2006, Out of the Dust (ratings winner ABC Australian Story), ‘a pig, a chicken and a bag of rice’, (ABC Compass) and Moulin Rouge Girls, (Logie nominated) four-part half-hour series (ABC) Mark’s next films are Miss Tibet – a beauty pageant that divides opinion in the exiled Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India and Moulin Rouge 2010.

The Producer : Sally Ingleton
Sally Ingleton is one of Australia’s most experienced producer/directors whose work crosses science, arts, environment and social issues. Sally’s most recent work, SEED HUNTER (ABC/RTE/ARTE FRANCE/SVT), recently won the ATOM Award for Best Science and Technology documentary TWO MUMS AND A DAD (SBS) won Best Documentary Dendy Awards/ATOM Awards 2007, WELCOME TO MY DEAF WORLD(SBS) Nominated Best Documentary 2006 AFI Awards and 2006 ATOM Awards.

Sally’s currently producing PENGUIN ISLAND for ABC,BBC and ARTE FRANCE and producing and directing EYE FOR ACHITECTURE for SBS and AVRO.

The Editor : Tony Stevens
Tony is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced drama and factual editors. His credits include the documentaries HUNT ANGELS (AFI Winner 2006), VIETNAM NURSES (AFI Nominee Best Editor); REVEALING GALLIPOLI, TWO MEN AND A BABY, and Ingleton’s MAO’S NEW SUIT, MUDDY WATERS and SEED HUNTER.

TV Dramas include MY WORST BEST FRIENDS, L’il HORRORS, and the feature film ROAD TO NHILL.

The Director of Photography: Jeff Malouf ACS
A multi-award winning cameraman, including the prestigious ACS Milli Award for Australian Cinematographer of the Year, Jeff is an experienced & highly respected film maker with a long list of drama & documentary credits in both cinema & television. Documentaries include: RACE THROUGH TIME, THE LAST MAN HANGED (ACS Award), & YOU HAVE NO SECRETS. TV DRAMAS INCLUDE: MURDER CALL (Multi ACS Awards), FARSCAPE, & BODYSURFER (Golden Tripod Award.) FEATURES INCLUDE: BLACKFELLAS, A CHANGE OF HEART, & WENDY CRACKED A WALNUT (ACS Award.)


Australian Premiere. One off screening of International version
Screening, discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers
WHERE: Chauvel Cinema 1, Paddington Town Hall, Cnr Oxford Street and Oatley Road, Paddington
WHEN: Thursday 12 February 2009 – 6.30pm for 7pm start.
ENTRY: Suggested donation $10 – NO RSVP required.