A Common Purpose – Screening and Q&A – Wednesday September 12 2012

Following a year of sold out screenings A Common Purpose screens at Ozdox.

Please join us for a screening and discussion focussed around the themes of:

  • archival compilation – who owns our histories and the politics of re-purposing footage,
  • crafting stories from found footage,
  • music as a narrative device
  • working without the broadcaster

Pat Fiske will moderate a discussion with Mitzi Goldman (Director/Producer), Hilary Balmond (editor) and Andrea Durbach (protagonist) about the making of A Common Purpose – a documentary about the biggest murder trial in the history of South Africa.


Twenty-five people are convicted of the murder of one man, fourteen are sentenced to hang, one lawyer is assassinated and the other goes into exile. A Common Purpose is the dramatic story behind a notorious murder trial that marks South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Told through the perspectives of defence lawyer, Andrea Durbach, Independent journalist John Carlin and the accused, the story unfolds to reveal one of legal history’s biggest cases on the death penalty. A Common Purpose tells a timeless and inspirational story about a struggle for justice in a country where injustice was entrenched in the law.

A Common Purpose won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival 2011 and has since screened at Encounters Film Festival in South Africa. Nominated for Best Documentary in Social and Political Issues in the 2011 ATOM Awards, A Common Purpose has had 12 additional screenings in Melbourne and Sydney to full houses.


Event Information

WHERE: AFTRS Theatre, Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW.

WHEN: Wednesday 12 September 2012
6:00pm for 6:30pm screening.

RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat. Please invite your friends and colleagues too! This event is open to the public. Parking fees discounted after 6pm, or with validated ticket from AFTRS.

ENTRY: $7 (suggested donation)
. This event is open to the public. Parking fees discounted after 6pm, or with validated ticket from AFTRS.