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Stories of addiction and recovery

From early next month, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre (TAC) will present On Thin Ice – an arts-documentary collaboration that tells the stories of six Canberrans who have been living with or recovering from addiction to crystal methamphetamine.

Through photography, sculpture, printmaking, audio recordings and the written word, five local artists haves worked collaboratively with participants to create work that reflects the impact of addiction, challenges faced and hopes for the future.

Journalist Ginger Gorman, who interviewed participants for the project, says she hopes the exhibition will encourage people to think more deeply about the complex nature of drug dependence.

“The portrayal in the media and in advertising of people who use methamphetamine – and in particular the stronger form of ice – shows them to be selfish and violent.

“Perhaps after reading and listening to these stories and engaging with the imagery and artworks in the exhibition, you will consider how we treat people with addiction and how we can make society fairer,” Gorman says.

Moves like Jagger

To celebrate 50 years of the legendary locally filmed movie Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, Braidwood’s National Theatre will host a screening on Saturday 26 October.

The 1970 bio-pic was directed by Tony Richardson and filmed mainly in and around Braidwood.

Ned Kelly was meant to be a serious blockbuster but, due to a weak performance from Jagger that was critically panned, the movie was a flop and remains a cult hit to this day.

Despite bombing, the film looks fantastic (due to its scenic filming location) and the locals had a ball while the town was transformed back into the late 1800s.

Anyone attending is encouraged to bring along any memorabilia they may have souvenired or tell anecdotes relating to their experiences during filming.

There is also an exhibition of Ned Kelly memorabilia supplied by the Braidwood Museum.

The screening is at Braidwood’s National Theatre, 26 October 6pm.

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