Two weekends, two great films, two Rachels, too good to miss!

August is the perfect time to rug up, watch films and have good chats by the fire, so please join us for these two special afternoons at the Upper River Hall.

On Saturday 19 August at 4pm actress and director Rachel Ward will introduce her documentary Rachel’s Farm and talk about her journey. She is not the first person you’d expect to join a farming revolution but, in this triumphant film, she voyages from wilful ignorance about the ecological impacts of conventional agriculture on her own rural property, to embracing a movement to restore the health of Australia’s farmland, food and climate.

There will be a Q&A following the film, with Rachel Ward and other special guests, talking about the film and the story and what we can all do to join the revolution.

Then, on Sunday 27 August, Rachel Perkins will join us at Upper River Hall for a special screening of her ground-breaking three-part documentary The Australian Wars, that sees her journeying across the country to explore the bloody battles fought on Australian soil, and seeking to change the narrative of the nation.⁠ The Australian Wars presents a compelling awakening to the wars fought in our own country that for too long have been at the centre of our great Australian silence.

The event also aims to raise awareness and discussion around the upcoming referendum – Rachel is also co-chair of the Yes Campaign for a Voice to Parliament –  as well as raise money for local Nowra First Nations women’s organisation Waminda. With generous support from Shark Island Kangaroo Valley, 100% of your ticket price will go to Waminda and the incredible work they do to support Aboriginal women, and in doing so create stronger communities and connections to culture. Staff from Waminda will be joining us at the event.

The afternoon will also include a welcome to country ceremony, lunch and afternoon tea, First Nations led discussions around Voice, Treaty and truth telling, and introductions and Q&A with director Rachel Perkins and other special guests. Bring an open mind and questions – there is much to discuss.

Tickets are now on sale and bookings are essential. Both events are not suitable for children. You can find more information and book tickets on our website. Or email us at if online booking is difficult for you or of you have any questions.

We hope to see you there.

Sarah Butler
& The ARTSLAB team