Music Video Launch Standing Ovation


Micah Project’s official launch of our new video “Have You Forgotten Me?” was a great success last Friday night the Edge Auditorium at the State Library of Queensland. It was thrilling (at least for us!) to see the film on the big screen. It looked amazing. Congratulations to the entire production and creative team!

The audience, many of whom were Forgotten Australians or Former Child Migrants, gave the film a standing ovation that lasted a long time. Many people sought us out to hug us and tell how much they loved it. Many tears.

A woman called Robyn Ellis, also a Forgotten Australian, had seen it on YouTube and had travelled from the Gold Coast to be present at the launch. It was lovely to meet her.

The evening was complete when we were joined by the voices of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants from Lotus Place backed by With One Voice Brisbane choir to perform the song live. This was followed by a repeat performance encore with even more people joining us on stage! To hear it sung by so many diverse voices was beautiful. So much emotion! See video below.

In the 10 days since its public release on YouTube, the video has had over 1200 YouTube views. We’re aiming for at least 2000 YouTube views in its second week of release. Keep SHARING and helping to spread the healing balm and raise our awareness of this sad and significant chapter of Australia’s all-too-recent history. Here is the link to share it on YouTube.

Many thanks to Micah Projects, Lotus Place, Mick Davis (poet), Katrina Graham (director/producer), Linton Vivian (cinematographer), Tom Francis (editor), Katrine McLeod (art direction), Emma Spencer (co-producer) for your wonderful contributions of time, expertise and heart. We are very grateful and honoured to have been involved in this project.

To the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants to whom the song and video is dedicated, both those survivors today and those who have passed on, thank you for inspiring us with your incredible resilience and courage.

COMMENTS
Here are some comments we’ve received from these very people:

“How beautiful and very fitting. Many would respond with Yes they have forgotten us. I will share and try and urge to have it played at the NSW Forgotten Apology Day this week at the Botanical Gardens.

As a Ward of 8 placements and a further 3 institutions. over 11 years physical, mental and sexual abuse from 8 years old. it is a crime beyond repair. I have prayed to die at a young age. It is the Governments that need to hear these words. I have asked Wattle Place, the providers through Relationships Australia to play it at our meeting at the botanical gardens in Sydney on Wednesday, when we reflect on those brothers and sisters in care who have passed on either naturally or committed suicide. as an Advocate I will fill every crevice on social media that I am able.
Kind Regards E.B.” 14 November 2016

“As a former child migrant, I was deeply moved by the sentiment expressed by Cath & Jay in this song. Their sincerity and emotive response to the pain and hurt we experienced as children in care following our arrival in WA provided a healing balm to quell the pain many of us still feel.
 A sincere thank you from me. Godfrey Gilmour, Child Migrant 1953” 14 November 2015

“Today was the first time I heard the song ‘Have you Forgotten Me?’ and I can honestly say it was beautifully sung. I enjoy the lyrics; appropriate for the 18th of November. I grew up in Renwick (Mittagong) and Glebe (Sydney) orphanages from 1969 to 1982 with 29 placements all of different homes and foster care.

Your lyrics and singing will continue to uplift my soul and as I listen, I know I am not alone and that someone cares enough to share the love. Thank you whole-heartedly for touching my life in more ways than you can imagine.

With warm regards, Robyn Ellis” 15 November 2016

“For the protection of children is the sacred duty of us all.” – former PM Kevin Rudd’s National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. LEST WE FORGET!

New Music Video Asks “Have You Forgotten Me?”

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: “Have You Forgotten Me?” music video

November 16 is a significant date for many survivors of child abuse in Australia’s out-of-home-care system. It is the anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former British Child Migrants, made in 2009 by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; our nation’s formal acknowledgement of the suffering of children, that occurred in our care-system up until the 1990s.

To mark the upcoming seventh anniversary of the National Apology, Micah Projects and Australian singer/songwriter duo Mundy-Turner are launching a brand new music video entitled “Have You Forgotten Me?”.

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The video features Mundy-Turner performing a song especially written and recorded for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants: children and young people who suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of so-called ‘carers’ in government-sanctioned institutional or other out-of-home care during the 20th century.

The video has been released online during the week of the anniversary of the National Apology, Wednesday 16 November.

The recent tragic murder of 12 year-old Tialeigh Palmer whilst ‘in care’ yet again highlights how important it is for the Australian and State Governments to adequately fund the close monitoring of the safety of vulnerable children within its welfare system and continue to support to those who have experienced the out-of-home-care system.

The problem isn’t new. For over one hundred years, between 1876 and 1996, more than 500, 000 children have been identified as having experienced institutional abuse in the care system.

Add to this Australia’s disturbing current immigration policy, where young children are kept incarcerated for unlimited periods in often-dangerous situations on and offshore, and it becomes easy to make a case that government-sanctioned child-abuse is shamefully not yet a thing of the past.

Former Prime Minister Rudd made two National Apologies: in 2007 to the Stolen Generations of Australian Aborigines and, on 16 November 2009, one to the Forgotten Australians and Former British Child Migrants.

Unfortunately, this second National Apology is often confused with the first. A large proportion of the Australian public still remain ignorant of the stories of those who experienced child abuse in an institutional setting, unaware of this sad and significant chapter of our national story. It is heartening, however, that the current government has recently announced the establishment of a National Redress Scheme, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

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Micah Project’s poignant music video, directed by award-winning film-maker Katrina Irawati Graham, is aimed at raising awareness about the current plight of adults who experienced institutional child abuse and the ever-present spectre of inadequate child protection within our government’s jurisdiction.

MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH & ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER

The official launch & screening of “Have You Forgotten Me?” will be Friday evening 18 November, 7pm at the State Library of Queensland’s Edge Auditorium, as part of the Songs of Justice National Apology Anniversary concert, presented by Micah Projects.

DVD copies of the music video will be presented to Forgotten Australians as a tribute to their long struggle for recognition and acknowledgement.

The launch will also feature Forgotten Australians from Brisbane’s Lotus Place joining Mundy-Turner and With One Voice Brisbane choir in a live performance of “Have You Forgotten Me?”; a fitting and moving finale to this year’s Anniversary event.

All are encouraged to join the Release team for the video to help spread the healing and awareness. Just SHARE the video with your networks, using this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/jItIxwmtsDk

FOR INTERVIEWS & FURTHER INFORMATION, please contact:

* Micah Projects – Adele Renwick: 0408 736 519 / adele.renwick@micahprojects.org.au

* Mundy-Turner – Cath Mundy & Jay Turner: 0424 127 580 / 0405 974 561 / cathjay@mundyturner.com / http://mundyturner.com

Refugee (Have Mercy): Walking Borders art in action

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Our original song Refugee (Have Mercy) is the theme song for the beautiful and heartfelt art action “Walking Borders”, a project that is bringing awareness to the plight of asylum seekers during the upcoming G20 gathering in Brisbane.

YOUTUBE MUSIC VIDEO:  View our specially-filmed live performance of Refugee (Have Mercy) for Walking Borders with our 80+ voice massed choir of members from Freedom Train, Mixed Beans and With One Voice Brisbane choirs: “Refugee (Have Mercy)” for Walking Borders

Walking Borders participants will be walking a relay around the G20 security-exclusion border of the Brisbane CBD in support of the rights and humane treatment of asylum seekers in Australia and worldwide.  Along the border, they are leaving small paper boats hand-made for the project, as a poignant reminder of the fragility and vulnerability of those who come seeking refuge by boat.

The song will be sung by a massed group on Sat 15 November during the G20 conference, as a flotilla of paper boats is released along the Brisbane River at South Bank.  Everyone is welcome to join us on this day to sing the boats!!

For more details visit: walkingborders.net  #WalkingG20

PLEASE SHARE the link to our YouTube music video: http://youtu.be/FbxJUL9uLxI  – HELP SPREAD THE MUSIC & MESSAGE AROUND THE WORLD!!

Thanks to:
Videography:
Director/Editor: Pascal Burger
Camera operators: Michael O’Brien, Pascal Burger and Tilian Burger
Audio Engineering: Jay Turner
Also thanks to: Brisbane City Council, Ozharvest, With One Voice Brisbane, Freedom Train, Mixed Beans, Singclusion Inc, Creativity Australia, Alison Herbst, Sabine Goeman, Sophie Barwick, Cath Mundy, All Choir Members and their supporters, Scotia Monkivitch, Carolina Caliaba and all Walking Borders supporters/participants.
(c) Music & Lyrics Copyright Jay Turner and Catherine Mundy 2002

Five Palmie Awards for Billy Buckett

Palmie Award Winners 2013 for Billy Buckett: Jay Turner (Best Sound Design, Best Musical Director),   Lana Kristensen (Best Sound Design/Operation),   Cath Mundy (Best Musical Director),    Hannah Crowther (Best Choreographer)
Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards 2013 @ Gold Coast Arts Centre
Palmie Award Winners for Billy Buckett:
Jay Turner (Best Sound Design, Best Musical Director),
Lana Kristensen (Best Sound Design/Operation),
Cath Mundy (Best Musical Director),
Hannah Crowther (Best Choreographer)
Palmie Award Winner Scott Young: Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - for the role of "Pimples" in Billy Buckett
Palmie Award Winner Scott Young: Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – for the role of “Pimples” in Billy Buckett

 

Gold Palm Award 2013: Billy Buckett - Beenleigh Theatre Group
Gold Palm Award 2013: Billy Buckett – Beenleigh Theatre Group
For the full article, visit http://billybuckett.com/

Beaut Launch: Mundy-Turner Band

Band-members Cath Mundy, Chris Powell, Jay Turner & Jono Filmer celebrate the launch of the Mundy-Turner Band at the Logan Art Gallery.

Band-members Cath Mundy, Chris Powell, Jay Turner & Jono Filmer celebrate the launch of the Mundy-Turner Band at the Logan Art Gallery.

The Mundy-Turner Band was launched in style at the lovely Logan Art Gallery on Sat 23 November to a more-than-capacity crowd all eager to welcome the new band line-up, who performed Mundy-Turner’s all-original music for over an hour’s concert set.

Cath Mundy & Jay Turner’s usual duo line-up of fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion and vocals was artfully enhanced by the bass guitar of Chris Powell and the drumming of Jono Filmer.

The band rehearsed together several hours week in the months leading up to the launch and are looking forward future concerts to original music lovers in the locality and beyond.

Chris Powell (bass guitar) and Jono Filmer (drumkit) join Cath Mundy and Jay Turner's Mundy-Turner duo to form the new Mundy-Turner band.  Pictured 23 November 2013 @ the Logan Art Gallery

Chris Powell (bass guitar) and Jono Filmer (drumkit) join Cath Mundy and Jay Turner’s duo to form the new Mundy-Turner Band. Pictured 23 November 2013 @ the Logan Art Gallery.

 

 

 

Photo: mundyturner @ Winter Grace

mundyturner performing "Wreck Out Of My Heart" at Freedom Train's Winter Grace concert, 7 Aug 2011. Photo by Anton Thompson.

 

Rainmakers (Live)



Crooked House



Markham Main



Separation Street



The Quivering



The Transportation of Sarah



Holy Road



Refugee



The Sarajevo Waltz



Walking The William Jolly



Clancy Of The Overflow Live



Australia Day 2011

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