Want to help support Australia’s future actors and film makers? Buy a Dendy movie ticket.

We know that each time we go along to our local cinema we’re helping support the film industry, but now your movie ticket can go one step further and help support students at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

From 22 to 28 May, Dendy Cinemas is teaming up with NIDA to donate fifty cents from every ticket purchased at Newtown and Opera Quays to give a funding boost to the students set to be the next creative force in Australia’s growing film industry.

“It is difficult to imagine the world of international screen without the magnificent contributions of NIDA graduates such as Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), and Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrman (The Great Gatsby),” says NIDA Director and CEO, Lynne Williams.

“NIDA graduates have helped to create the movies that audiences around the world have fallen in love with. Now you and your movie ticket can help launch the next generation of creative leaders.”

This much-needed funding will go towards NIDA’s Student Bursary program which helps emerging performers, designers, technicians, writers and directors with the cost of living whilst studying full time at NIDA.

Lynne Williams says NIDA students can devote upwards of 60 hours of study time each week through daily classes, rehearsals, performances and industry placements – a commitment that is often impossible to juggle with a regular job.

“The Student Bursaries help them pay for the basics in life and focus on their studies, meaning more talented students can have a chance to follow their dreams and go on to make great Australian films. We’re very lucky to be working with a supportive partner like Dendy Cinemas.”

So as if you needed a reason to go to the movies, now your ticket will be supporting the future of Australian stage and screen. The great films you can enjoy include The Babadook, the Australian thriller which scored praise at Sundance Film Festival directed by NIDA graduate Jennifer Kent and starring another former NIDA student Essie Davis.

Also on show will be Healing featuring NIDA graduate Hugo Weaving, Sunshine on Leith, My Sweet Pepperland, Belle, Broken Circle Breakdown, Spiderman 2, Transcendence, 52 Tuesdays, Godzilla and Bad Neighbours.

NIDA’s star-studded cast of graduates include Mel Gibson AO, Richard Roxburgh, Ryan Corr, Jessica Marais, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens, Sarah Snook and Remy Hii who recently won the Silver Logie for the Graham Kennedy Award for Outstanding New Talent.

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