The Starfish has five double tickets to give away to the screening of the powerful Australian documentary, The Family.
The film, which looks into the notorious cult by the same name, will screen at Luna Leederville, Sunday 26 March at 6.30pm.It will be followed by a Q&A session with director Rosie Jones and cult survivor Ben Shelton. A great night out!
Many will recall the bizarre sect and its strange guru. Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic and delusional. She was also very dangerous.
Convinced she was a living god, Hamilton-Byrne headed the apocalyptic sect, which was prominent in Melbourne from the 1960s through the 1990s. With her husband Bill, she acquired numerous children – some through adoption scams, some born to cult members – and raised them as her own.
Isolated from the outside world, the children were dressed in matching outfits, had identically dyed blonde hair, and were allegedly beaten, starved and injected with LSD. Taught that Hamilton-Byrne was both their mother and the messiah, the children were eventually rescued during a police raid in 1987, but their trauma had only just begun.
With survivors and cult members telling their stories alongside the Australian and international detectives who worked on the case, this confronting feature documentary exposes not just what happened within the still-operating sect, but also within the conservative Melbourne community that allowed The Family to flourish. The doco is based on the book by Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones.
If you are a Starfish subscriber (you can sign up for free on the site at any time!) and would like to attend this fascinating screening and Q&A, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying as much and we will have your name placed on the door at Luna. The first five responses will win passes.
Thanks again to our good friends at Luna!