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MEDIA RELEASE 6 OCTOBER 2004

Extra screenings for Time To Go John

the controversial must see film before the election

The controversial Time To Go John - Australia’s answer to Fahrenheit 9/11 - has been screening to packed houses. And due to popular demands there will be extra screenings in cinemas throughout Australia.

‘I thought it was brilliant,’ says Rochelle who lives in a marginal seat, ‘I thought it was very funny. I thought it was very sad, it was very informative. I think I experienced every emotion under the sun just watching it.’

Australians are responding to this no budget 90 minute compilation of short documentaries, animations and political satires that highlights issues Howard wants to bury in this election.

Time To Go John has received national and international acclaims from Paris and Dili to Woy Woy and Bli Bli.

More then 400 ordinary Australians have also ordered DVDs of the film - from Townsville to Byron Bay and Double Bay to Broome and Darwin. And the orders keep coming in.

In the tradition of Don’s Party they will be getting together to see the film with their friends and neighbours - in their lounge rooms or garages - with their chardonnay, beer or cup of tea.

' We the filmmakers strongly urge you to show this film to friends, family and work colleagues - especially those who voted Liberal last time.' the national distributor of the film said.

For more information about house parties and screenings www.timetogojohn.com

MEDIA RELEASE 1 October 2004

Packed houses for controversial film

The controversial Time To Go John—Australia’s answer to Fahrenheit 9/11—has been screening to packed houses since its nationwide premiere on Wednesday 29 September.

Ordinary Australians are responding to this no budget 90 minute compilation of short documentaries, animations and political satires that highlights issues Howard wants to bury in this election.

More then 300 ordinary Australians have ordered DVDs of the film—from Townsville to Byron Bay and Double Bay to Broome and Darwin. And the orders keep coming in.

They will, in the tradition of Don’s Party, be holding their own get together to see the film with their friends and neighbours—in their lounge rooms or garages—with their chardonnay, beer or cup of tea.

The producers and filmmakers of Time To Go John strongly recommend people hold house parties—especially in marginal seats to show this film. ‘We would like to encourage Liberal voters to see this film before they cast their votes,’ the
national distributor of the film said.

For more information about house parties or screening times visit our website
www.timetogojohn.com

MEDIA RELEASE 27 SEPTEMBER 2004

THE MUST SEE FILM BEFORE THE ELECTION

The eagerly anticipated TIME TO GO JOHN - Australia’s answer to Fahrenheit 9/11 - will be released nationwide on Wednesday 29 September.

TIME TO GO JOHN is billed as the film that encourages you to think very carefully before you cast your important vote. This 90 minutes compilation of short documentaries, animations and political satires canvasses issues Howard wants to bury.

Many conservative voters are currently not happy with Howard because according to them Howard has hijacked the Liberal agenda and moved the party too far to the right.

‘What Howard is doing has nothing to do with Liberal politics as Menzies conceived them,’ Julian Burnside QC says.

Former National Liberal President, John Valder - the current Convenor of the Not Happy John Campaign - thinks Howard should step down and ‘...get the blemish out of the Liberals.’

TIME TO GO JOHN looks at truth in government; Howard’s lies and lust for absolute power; disenchanted Liberals; Aboriginal reconciliation; asylum seekers; Iraq; East Timor; the price of beer; and what it means to be an Australian.

The film is made by some of Australia’s best know filmmakers in less than seven weeks with no budget, no production company, no catering but with unrelenting enthusiasm, humour and determination. It is presented by comedian Rod Quantock.

An unprecedented 50 public screenings across Australia has been booked between 29 September and 7 October - in venues ranging from art house cinemas - to pubs, clubs and community halls. Many ordinary Australians will also be holding ‘house party’ to show the film especially in towns in marginal seats from Townsville to Waurnponds and Burnie to Darwin.

MEDIA RELEASE 22 SEPTEMBER 2004

Fed up filmmakers present a feature film about life under the Howard government - screening at over 50 venues nationwide.

Aussie filmmakers create their version of Michael Moore’s polemic film on American right wing politics, Fahrenheit 9/11. Titled TIME TO GO JOHN, the film will premiere nationally on September 29 in venues ranging from art house cinemas to pubs, clubs and libraries.

With absolutely no budget and in less than seven weeks a group of experienced and award-winning Australian filmmakers have pooled together to create a feature length film about the effect of Howard’s government on Australia.

Faced with the dilemma of how to get the film seen by as many people as possible before the October election the filmmakers undertook to self-distribute the film and were overwhelmed by the positive response received nationwide. Cinemas in each capital city agreed to screen the film and many community groups and individuals pledged to run a house party in order to show the film in their area prior to the election.

According to the TIME TO GO JOHN national screening coordinator, the concept of house parties as a screening outlet is a relatively new one and the success of the technique demonstrates it is a legitimate way to get films out to a wide audience. House parties for the film have already been booked from Townsville in Queensland to St. Helens in Tasmania, from Corangamite in Victoria to Guildford in Western Australia, as well as internationally in Baghdad and Dili.

TIME TO GO JOHN is a compilation of fifteen short films documenting pivotal moments throughout Australia's recent local and international history, from the Iraq war to detention centres, GST, anti-terrorism laws and reconciliation. Made by some of Australia's best filmmakers and presented by comedian Rod Quantock, the film promises to pack all the punches and encourage voters to think carefully about their choice at polling time.

Melbourne filmmaker John Hughes (director of AFTER MABO, RIVER OF DREAMS and WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN), contributed a film about the time when John Howard famously 'lost it' during his speech formally opening the Reconciliation Conference in Melbourne in May 1997, and audiences turned their backs as he spoke.

Mixed in with the more serious documentary analysis of issues are some hilarious short clips such as a music video from 27 year old Darwin rap artist Kris Keogh who wrote a song to express his dislike of Howard’s pro-Bush agenda.

The film will screen at capital city cinemas including the Lumiere (Melbourne), Chauvel (Sydney), Schonnel (Brisbane), Mercury (Adelaide), Deckckair (Darwin), FTI (Perth), State Cinema (Hobart). Full screening list available at www.timetogojohn.com.

MEDIA RELEASE 13 SEPTEMBER 2004

For the first time ever, filmmakers from around Australia have joined forces to create a film canvassing key aspects of Australian life under the Howard Liberal government. The film will premiere on September 29th and screening nationally from 1-3 October, the weekend before the election.

TIME TO GO JOHN is a compilation of fifteen short films documenting pivotal moments throughout Australia's recent local and international history, from the Iraq war to detention centres, the GST, anti-terrorism laws and reconciliation.

Made by some of Australia's best filmmakers and presented by comedian Rod Quantock, the film promises to pack all the punches and encourage voters to think carefully about their choice at polling time.

When local filmmakers Pip Starr and Catherine Gough-Brady attended the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this year they found themselves lamenting the absence of any Australian political documentary. Despite the healthy selection of documentaries produced in Europe and the US about right wing governments and their impact on the international stage, Australia had no equivalent.

"No-one had the time to make a 90 minute film about the liberal government before the coming election, but many of us already had a story told. The way to make an Australian Fahrenheit 9/11 was for each of us to contribute a piece and then assemble them all together, which is what we have done." - Catherine Gough-Brady, filmmaker.

"Films like this are important because they provide an outlet for political debate about a government who have made dissension itself 'unAustralian'. TIME TO GO JOHN is all about filling the void occurring in Australia's cinemas." - Kate McCarthy, producer.

The movie is designed to enlighten and inform both Australian voters and the wider
international community about essential political events that have transpired during the Coalition Party’s time in office. The filmmakers are targeting audiences from marginal seats and are keen to encourage Liberal voters to view the film.

The national theatrical release will begin Wednesday 29th September.
The individual films will also be available for viewing online this website.

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Rod Quantock - fridge magnet
Rod Quantock - on the Time To Go John set
Catherine Gough-Brady - contributing filmmaker

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Sample clips from Time to Go John (90 seconds)

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