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New film BEAT to shine light on Newcastle’s homeless

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When Beat premieres at Kotara’s Event Cinemas on Tuesday night, Newcastle is expected to once again be thrown into the spotlight.

In his latest 95-minute ground-breaking production, multi-award winning Novocastrian  filmmaker Jye Currie, will highlight the disparity between society and homelessness, from within his home city.

Beat follows a young woman who finds herself connecting with a homeless man through classical music, after her own heart transplant.

Classical music forms the basis of the pair’s bond that soon transcends a series of dramatic performances and emotional events.

The Green Frog Production features Gold Logie actors John Wood (Blue Heelers) and McLeod’s Daughters’ Rachael Capani. 

It also boasts popular Australian talents Alexandra Jensen, Sebastian Szeszeran, Alexis Lane and Cleo Massey.

Driven by classical music, Beat includes 12 original pieces produced by Newcastle composer Sid Acharya. 

It’s 16-day production, which commenced in June 2021, welcomed a cast and crew of more than 90 to the former steel city, making it the biggest independent film to be produced in Newcastle.

Beat follows in the footsteps of Currie’s first professional short film Victim.

Shot in Newcastle in 2020, Victim gave a harrowing insight into the plight of those who live through domestic violence.

In what is fast becoming his signature style, Currie is set to once again connect with his audience through emotional topics, told in a passionate way that not only challenges their societal perspectives but leaves them unable to forget.

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