Richmond’s first and only Australian football club, RVA Lions, is hosting a free screening of Australian film “The Merger” on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6:15 PM at the historic Byrd Theatre.
The film, set in a fictitious rural Aussie community and featuring it’s local “footy” team, is a heartwarming comedy that shows the way the sport can help aid in developing an inclusive, multi-layered & nurturing community.
The movie follows an Australian Football star who upon returning to his hometown of Bodgy Creek finds his local club struggling. He recruits a diverse group of refugees to help the club, which takes the whole community on a journey of change. The Merger, debuted at 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, both stars and was written by Australian comedian Damian Callinan.
“In addition to learning about this sport, this film screening is moreso an opportunity to collaboratively offer our community an enjoyable, entertaining and newsworthy local event – and to provide an opportunity to see and consider our community from a different perspective,” said Darren Green, president of the RVA Lions, in a statement.
McDonald’s in conjunction with their Worldwide Favorites campaign featuring Australian cheesy bacon fries and other menu items from around the world, will raffle off prizes at the event.
Australian Football is a sport in which an oval-shaped ball is kicked or volleyed, not thrown. A team consists of 18 people. The Richmond Lions are the 44th American team to join the United States Australian Football League (USAFL). In addition to learning about the sport, this film screening is an opportunity to collaboratively offer to our community what you will hopefully agree to be a newsworthy local event – with global significance.
This event is being held in conjunction with local celebrations of World Refugee Day. Donations will be accepted at the door. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
Hosted by the RVA Lions Sporting Community & Supporters Club. All proceeds will go to a number of local charities that work with refugees locally, which include ReEstablish Richmond, Ads-Up, International Rescue Committee & Commonwealth Catholic Charities.
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