The Mercury Cinema launches the latest edition of its Seniors On Screen (SOS) series at the cinema this Friday, August 4th, with a full days program.

Kicking off at 10.45am with the Adelaide premiere of Barbecue, a lush celebration of the joys of barbecuing culture in 12 diverse countries. Keeping with the food theme, the second screening will be a dive into the little known subculture of exotic chicken breeds in, The Chicken People.

A hit last year at Austin’s SXSW, Barbeque was made by former Media Resource Centre (MRC) alumni, Matthew Salleh, Rosie Tucker from Urtext Films. Barbecue is a symphony of meat and fire, Barbecue shows us how an everyday ritual is shared by cultures around the world, as a way to celebrate community, friendship, and tradition. From 15 August, Barbecue will be stream on Netlix which is an outstanding achievement for this locally made film.

Launching the season will be South Australian Film Corperation’s (SAFC) Manager of Production Development and Studios, Vicki Sugars. The SAFC was a key supporter of Barbecue along with Screen Australia.

MRC Director Gail Kovatseff said

“It is fantastic when two of the Media Recourse Centre’s signature programs come together like this. The MRC has a 43-year history of developing the next generation of SA filmmakers and more than 25 years of showing great and unique films like Barbecue on the big screen at our iconic Mercury Cinema.”

The SOS launch screening of Barbecue at the Mercury will be followed by a Q&A with Matthew and Rosie from their apartment in Brooklyn. This session will round off with a barbecue for the audience before the start at 2.30pm of a second documentary, 'The Chicken People’ Delving into the little known subculture of showing exotic breeds of chickens, a documentary described as "nothing short of revelatory."

The MRC runs the Mercury Cinema, the home of independent cinema and the successful SOS program, now in its ninth year, is an innovative program of films, stimulating forums and the best hands-on workshops in Adelaide – all uniquely tailored to those over 50.

Presented as two seasons from March – December at the Mercury Cinema, the program is essential viewing for any senior film buff. Seniors on Screen was the proud recipient of a Ruby Award in 2009 for ‘best community impact’, and at it’s heart SOS is a big club and it’s been a while since we’ve spent the day together with a double feature!

Seniors on Screen additionally announces its pround new supporting partner, Helping Hand. Helping Hand is a not-for-profit organisation offering home care services, retirement living and residential care homes to over 7,000 seniors in metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“We’ve had a long history of working with Helping Hand on innovative projects in the aged sector, and it’s fantastic that they have joined with us to continue to address social isolation amongst the age with Seniors on Screen.” Said MRC Director Gail Kovatseff

Seniors on Screen is made possible by the support of presenting partner, Helping Hand, The South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Office for the Ageing and Adelaide City Council and Nuskope. The work of the Media Resource Centre is assisted by the South Australian Film Corporation.

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