69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) is hosting a special film screening to raise funds for their work assisting refugees and asylum seekers both within and outside Australia.
Limbo is a funny and poignant cross-cultural satire set in Scotland that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience.
Omar (Amir El Masry, The Night Manager, Star Wars) is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request, and wanders the epic landscape searching for answers to a complex past and unknown future. He may be stuck, but he is not alone. Omar and his new flatmates attend hilariously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes. They binge watch the “Friends” boxset, debating whether Ross and Rachel were on a break, while Freddie Mercury-obsessed Farhad tries to convince Omar to participate in the local open mic night.
Nominated for BAFTA awards for Best British Film and Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, Limbo deploys pitch perfect wit and crisp observation to shine a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that most of us only experience through headlines. The UK Observer awarded it 5 stars, describing it as “remarkably funny – a gentle, empathic kind of humour”; The Guardian also gave it 5 stars: “witty, poignant, marvellously composed”.
Proceeds from this screening will be used to assist refugees recently released from detention in Australian hotels and Immigration Transit Accommodation (some of them having been detained for many years) with food, accommodation, phone and travel cards cards etc.
Limbo is rated M