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18 November 2020

The Adelaide Film Festival, Port Adelaide Football Club and 57 Films have decided to postpone the world premiere screenings of This Is Port Adelaide to ensure the safety of the audience, supporters and staff.

The premiere screenings, originally scheduled for 27-29 November at The Odeon Semaphore, are to be postponed until it is safe to gather in numbers. The rescheduled event is anticipated to take place early in 2021.

Existing ticket holders are guaranteed a seat at the rescheduled premiere event.  The new date will be announced in the new year. Alternatively, a refund can be provided upon request. Contact us via email

Port Adelaide Football Club, one of the world’s oldest and most successful sporting clubs, is celebrating 150 years in 2020. Love it or hate it, the club has become an integral part of the history of Adelaide and its people. The film shares passionate first-hand accounts from players and one-eyed supporters who bleed for the club.

Adelaide director Nicole Miller (who has been mentored by Justin Kurzel, the director Snowtown and The True History of the Kelly Gang) became immersed in the world of footy and the Port Adelaide Football Club when she directed the recent series The AFL Show, which explains the sport to a Chinese audience.

Paul Ryan Producer 57 Films, said: “We are very disappointed that the screening is to be delayed, but understand the health and safety of all comes first. Like the Port Adelaide Football Club, our passion is undeterred, and we will overcome this obstacle. We look forward to the premiere and broader distribution to share and celebrate “This Is Port Adelaide”. when the time is right. Hopefully starting at the head of the 2021 football season.”

Adelaide Film Festival CEO & Creative Director, Mat Kesting, said:  “It is regrettable the world premiere of This is Port Adelaide must be postponed due to COVID-19. We look forward to the sharing this amazing film that honours the 150 years of the Port Adelaide Football Club with the world in the new year when we anticipate it will be safe to gather in increased numbers again.”

Daniel Norton, Port Adelaide General Manager – Media and Executive Producer of This is Port Adelaide, shared Mr Kesting’s disappointment but maintained the health and safety of the public was paramount.

“A lot of work has gone into the production of this film, so in that sense it is disappointing to have to postpone the premiere screenings. But in saying that the wellbeing of the entire community – including Port Adelaide and Adelaide Film Festival members – has to be at the front of mind and we are not prepared to take any risks with the latest COVID-19 cluster here in Adelaide,” Mr Norton said.

“The good news is this film has been produced and it’s ready for a cinema release as soon as it is deemed the appropriate time. It’s a wonderful celebration of 150 years of the Port Adelaide Football Club and a release in early 2021, as we begin our next 150 years, is still most fitting.”

“Thanks to everyone who has purchased tickets already and supported this film. Rest assured, it will be well worth the wait.”

 

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