Winter Warmer at the Star

Support the Bendarts Festival with a Winter Warmer at the Star.

Enjoy hot soup, immerse yourself in Winter at Westbeth - the beautiful documentary about the need to keep creating; and then meet the film's director Rohan Spong.


Soup & Film+Q&A

  • $30 full
  • $25 concession-members

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6:00 PM Doors open & soup available (included in ticket price) 7:00 PM Short welcome and introduction 7:10 PM Winter at Westbeth 8:30 PM Q&A session with director Rohan Spong 10:00 PM Close

About the film:

In New York's West Village, the elderly residents of a unique artist community continue to question, challenge and create as though there is no tomorrow.

Filmed across one extraordinary year in New York City's Westbeth Artists Housing, video artist Edith Stephen (95) hopes to complete an experimental film for her birthday; revered contemporary dancer Dudley Williams (75) rehearses for an electrifying return to the stage; and published poet Ilsa Gilbert (82) faces her impending mortality with revealingly candid poetry.

About the director:

Rohan studied film theory and practice at the University of Melbourne. Whilst living in Los Angeles in 2008, Rohan assembled his first feature-length documentary T is for Teacher(2009), about the experiences of four transgender school teachers in American schools.

In late 2011, Rohan completed the feature documentary All The Way Through Evening, about music composed in the New York's East Village amidst the early years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. All The Way Through Evening opened theatrical to critical acclaim and four star reviews in Australia on 29 November 2012.

All The Way Through Evening finally opened theatrically in New York City at the Village East Cinema, in 2013 and the following year was invited to screen at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, Rohan announced that he was working on the follow up to All The Way Through Evening, entitled Winter At Westbeth. In 2016 the film received a Special Jury Mention at DocNYC and later screened at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

All money raised directly funds the Bendarts Festival in October