Anthony Hopkins film fundraiser for a worthy cause

Amnesty Fremantle is holding a fundraising movie night at Luna on SX with the film Armageddon Time, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway, from 6.30pm, November 10. Tickets include the film (which received a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes in May) and discounted drinks and snacks at the bar – but, most importantly, you will be contributing to a very important cause.

Various people around the world are facing discrimination as their basic human rights are violated. Amnesty International is fighting to give those individuals their rights back. Amnesty Fremantle has organised this event to raise money to continue the work of Amnesty International’s campaigns that fight for children’s rights, freedom of expression, individuals at risk, the right to protest, climate justice and refugee, Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ rights.

“When human rights are denied, we won’t be silent,” Amnesty International states. “We’ll continue to campaign relentlessly and give a voice to those who’ve had theirs taken away. Join us.” The organisation adds: “Thanks to our supporters, Amnesty International has helped to free the wrongfully imprisoned, rewrite unjust laws and hold the powerful to account.”

Armageddon Time, the film selected for the fundraising event, is a deeply personal coming-of-age story set in the 1980s, highlighting the strength of family and generational pursuit of the American Dream. Inspired by writer and director James Gray’s adolescent years, the story follows 12-year-old Paul Graff and his best friend Johnny Crocker, an African-American boy.

Prone to mischief, both are inseparable until an incident with marijuana causes Paul’s parents to transfer him to a private prep school. Almost all the students are white, privileged and prejudiced (perhaps not surprisingly, Donald Trump went there). Together, Paul and Johnny come up with a risky scheme to escape their lives and run away to Florida. Watch the film’s trailer: https://youtu.be/MvPV630HrHM (if you’re wondering, the movie gets its title from a song by The Clash called Armagideon Time).

“[It] is very much about people, about human emotions and interactions between people, and I want it to be filled with warmth and tenderness,” James told Deadline. “In some sense, yes it’s about my childhood, but an illustration of familial love really on every level. I’m of the belief that most people do their best and that they try their best under difficult circumstances and in some sense that’s a beautiful thing and very moving to me.

“I want to be political and historic about it but fill it with love and warmth. What happened with me, very simply, I got in big trouble when I was around 11, though the boys are 12 in the movie, and the story is about my movement from the public education that I got into private school and a world of privilege. This film is about what that meant for me and how lucky I was, and how unlucky my friend was and about that break meant for me and what it meant for him.”

Speaking to Variety earlier this year, James said: “It’s impossible to look at the world as currently constructed, at least the Western world, at least my own country, which is what I have referenced and not see white privilege as one of the guiding mechanisms that are in existence,” James told Variety earlier this year. “It’s a system where the same group gets to the top, stays at the top, and they keep everybody else out. And that’s the system we’re running. How do you break that cycle? So to me, it’s the guiding question.”

Amnesty Fremantle will be available on the night for questions, more information and further ways to get involved. Tickets are $25 (plus transaction fees) – book at http://tinyurl.com/amnestymovie (Luna requests you print your ticket before the event). For enquiries, please email [email protected]. Luna on SX is at 13 Essex Street, Fremantle.