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Tasmanian Premiere Date Announced

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Tasmanian Premiere Date Announced

The people of Tasmania have spoken, and we listened. After much demand for a Tasmanian premiere, we have set a date and are teaming up with the Cradle Mountain Film Festival on March 30th to bring you a very special screening of The Laps Tasmania.

The Cradle Mountain Film Festival will celebrate its fifth year running and The Laps Tasmania is among good company, with a plethora of other great films on the schedule including Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo.

The Laps Tasmania will screen at the Cradle Mountain Hotel at 3:30pm on March 30th. Tickets are $17, or you can attend the screening with the purchase a full festival pass.

Get your tickets below.

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The Laps: Tasmania, Official Selection at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019

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The Laps: Tasmania, Official Selection at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019

We are beyond thrilled to announce that The Laps: Tasmania documentary has been officially selected to host its US Premiere and screenings at the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, from January 30 - February 9, 2019.

The Laps: Tasmania

How can we consume less? Live our dreams? Meet new friends? Adventure more? And have a bloody good time doing it? The Laps: Tasmania is a documentary, following Dustin Hollick and Rhian Slapp, two ordinary fathers with the survival skills of well-trained house pets, on a two-week LAP around Tasmania with not much more than the clothes on their backs.

The rules are simple: No cash, no car, no technology and just 10 personal items each. These scruffy surfers from the East Coast of Australia leave home to learn the secrets of a well-balanced life and aim to get back a connection with nature that has been lost with the advent of modern convenience. They re-connect with nature, but it is the goodwill and generosity of the quirky humans that inhabit this remote island that make their journey and survival possible.



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Directed by Angie Davis and Dustin Hollick.

Screening times and location to be announced soon.

For more information, visit the official SBIFF website: http://sbiff.org/

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Double Barrel at the SBIFF with Johnny Depp

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Double Barrel at the SBIFF with Johnny Depp

With a good tube of conditioner, I managed to pull all my Lobitos salt and dirt-infused dreads out of my hair just in time to walk the red carpet at the Arlington Theatre for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with Johnny Depp last night.

Receiving the festival's highest award, the Maltin Modern Master Award, Johnny was humble on stage as he chatted with the legendary veteran film critic Leonard Maltin about his career of over 40 films, which Johnny apparently never watches after he completes a performance.

"It's true I don't watch them...so you're going to know a lot more about them than me tonight."

Switchboard Media's Double Barrel hosted its first screening later in the evening, just down the road at the Fiesta Theatre, our first look at the film on a professional screen. The film plays again on Sunday at 11am at the Lobero Theatre, and is part of a documentary shorts program Surfing South America, featuring Chris Malloy's documentary on Ramon Navarro, 'The Fisherman's Son.'

It was an honour to walk the red carpet on such a prestigious evening, waddling my way down the gauntlet of cameras and flash photography like a fish gasping for breath out of water. Pulled aside for several TV interviews, one interviewer asked me, "what's it feel like to have your film premiered at the festival?"

"It is an absolute honour," I told her, "to work on a project so close to your heart for two years, through blood sweat and tears and with such an incredible team and amazing support, to then have everyone's work celebrated as a complete package at such a prestigious event here among the best of the best in the industry...it's just very humbling and signifies dreams can come true. I'm so proud of my team they deserve to be here too. This wouldn't be possible without collaboration."

"And what do you hope to achieve for Lobitos from your film?"

"We hope the film brings a wave of change to the region, and inspires a global shift in the way we travel, encouraging people to give back to local communities and leave places better than they found them. At the grassroots level, the film is helping to raise funds for Juntos Por Las Playas del Norte, a project set up by Peruvian surfers to have their breaks and marine environment protected by national law. We hope it can be a blueprint for the rest of the world."

Listening with Johnny talk about his career and how he would refuse to stop wearing a turban on the set of 21 Jump Street to try and get fired so he wouldn't end up "just another cog in the machine", it really hit home how human our Hollywood heroes are, and again the reality that nothing is far from reach if we remain true to our values and go after our dreams.

Double Barrel screens again on Sunday, February 7th at 11am at the Lobero Theatre. Rush tickets for the public will be on sale for $15 before the screening, depending on availability.

The film then returns to Australia, premiering in Byron Bay on February 27th at the Stone and Wood Brewery. Tickets are now on sale and selling fast: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-barrel-film-australian-premiere-byron-bay-tickets-20727558686

Contact: angie@switchboardmedia.com.au | dustin@switchboardmedia.com.au

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