Ithaka, a film about a father seeking justice for his son, has premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in Australia. Consortium News was there on opening night.
After Julian Assange was arrested at London’s Ecuadorian embassy in 2019, his Victoria, Australia-based father stepped into the legal, political and media fray. Joined by Julian’s fiancée, Stella Moris, 76-year-old John Shipton lays out the situation to journalists, often sounding eerily like his detained son. In early 2021, the U.K. verdict on whether to extradite Julian to America collided with a pandemic and the U.S. presidential election. As the crusade heats up, Shipton battles on, challenging misconceptions with quiet patience and remarkable composure. Filmed over two years across Europe and the U.K., this powerful documentary from Ben Lawrence (Hearts and Bones, SFF 2019) and Julian’s brother/producer Gabriel Shipton (Emu Runner, SFF 2019) cleverly encompasses the manifold aspects of a singular campaign. With original music by Brian Eno. — Sydney Film Festival.
Here is Consortium News’ report from outside the cinema on opening night, filmed and produced by Cathy Vogan (interview of Bob Carr by Shahnaz Martin, additional material from People for Assange):