Premiere: Respond

Reflect on the experience of frontline healthcare workers through the lens of eight filmmakers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a series of eight short films, Respond presents the raw experiences of frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic, as captured by filmmakers during lockdown. Together, these shorts share a personal glimpse into the caretaker’s universe, revealing immense strength and vulnerability, while showing the impact COVID-19 has had on both the healthcare and film making industries.

Following the premiere screening, the audience is invited to share their reflections online at the Digital Hub. Then, ABC Radio’s award-winning Libbi Gorr will host a Q&A discussion with a selection of filmmakers and healthcare workers, focussing on their experiences during filmmaking, their reaction to seeing the final films, and what has changed for them in the year since these films were made.

The conversation will continue on the Digital Hub, where The University of Melbourne creatives will share their responses to audience reflections from the event.

All profits from this event will be donated to The Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation.

Watch the Respond trailer.

Stop by the Meat Market Hub during MKW to view the films in-person at the Respond exhibition.

Please note, only the premiere event is ticketed. To view the films in the Meat Market Hub, there is no registration required. 

Tue 27 April, 7pm 8.30pm

State Library Victoria Huband Digital HubSwanston Street, Melbourne
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$12.50 + BF general admission

$8 + BF concession and healthcare workers

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Event Speakers

Libbi Gorr

Libbi is a multi award winning Radio and TV Broadcaster who approaches her subject matter with wit, lateral thought and warm embracing humour.

    Amaali Lokuge

    Amaali is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and a freelance writer for the New York Times.

      Barathan Vidhyapathy

      Barathan is an emerging Eelam Tamil artist, living on unceded Wurundjeri land. His work centres on the written and visual form for film, animation, & video essays.

        Eliza Burke

        Eliza has 25 years experience in Emergency nursing, is a single mum of two boys, and loves to run and paint.

          Naomi Mendoza

          Naomi is a director, producer and talent manager who is dedicated to igniting creative sparks.


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