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ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace recently had the opportunity to watch a preview of a new Australian film The Waiting City.

Directed by rising talent Claire McCarthy, The Waiting City tells the story of a young married couple who travel to Kolkata India to collect their adopted child and is the first Australian film ever to be shot entirely on location in India. 

The film is an exploration of the transformative effects of faith and love as well as salient issues such as poverty, humanitarian care, fertility, family and the rights of children.

It is clear that the filmmaker’s intentions are to give a voice to circumstances and people from less fortunate situations who might not otherwise be considered by mainstream entertainment. It is fun and light-hearted in the process.

The film has no specious misuse of violence or sex but is still a very powerful, relatable and thought provoking story.

Humanitarian and world renowned cricket champion Steve Waugh, recently commented: “THE WAITING CIY is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that gives the viewers a realistic insight into the spirit, character and culture of the Indian people, while telling a stimulating story with a ending that will guarantee discussion well after you’ve left the cinema.”

Another review after the Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival stated: “Captivating.  This is a film that understands and deeply respects the cycles of life, death and renewal.  A perfectly realised film featuring eloquent performances from the lead actors and shimmering cinematography”.  (Clare Stewart, Director Sydney Film Festival)

The Waiting City’s facebook page is: www.facebook.com/?tid=1147070533068&sk=messages#!/TheWaitingCity?ref=ts

Click here for details of capital city screenings. Click here to watch the trailer.