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Project Wild Thing

  • Shirley Burke Theatre 64 Parkers Road Parkdale, VIC, 3195 Australia (map)

David Bond is concerned. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature - literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter's life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits - but is Nature past its sell-by date?

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Q&A Panel

Doug Fargher, Early Childhood Educator and Founder of 'Bush Kinder' has worked in a variety of Early Childhood services for over 20 years. He has a passion for allowing children to learn through play, outdoors in nature. Doug remains a hands-on educator as well as consulting and speaking nationally about the benefits of play based learning in the bush.

Tania Moloney, Founder of Nurture in Nature Australia, and is passionate about helping families connect with nature and with each other. As a dairy farmers daughter, her childhood was filled with opportunities for outdoor adventures and she made (and ate) LOTS of mud pies. She has a head and heart full of cherished childhood memories of family camping trips, building "cubbies", sleeping under the stars and playing with sticks. Now with her own young family, Tania desperately wants those memories and experiences for her children too. As a result she has happily embraced that her kids will have perpetually dirty feet and her pockets/car/washing machine/handbag will be permanently filled with nature’s treasures. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr Kristy Goodwin, Children's technology and brain researcher (and mum!) is on a mission to help parents feel confident raising their kids in this digital age. Rather than fearing or banning technology, Kristy illustrates healthy, safe and even educational ways to leverage it to help little ones learn and develop (involvement via video).

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SUBURBAN SANDCASTLES Film Nights are an evening at the movies with a difference.
Join us to experience:
– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways to support a cause aligned with the film
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film and walk away with action steps to create change in your life
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services for you to check out (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)

Later Event: January 20
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