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Power Meri

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Power Meri is a 2018 feature-length documentary[1][2] directed by Joanna Lester[3][4][5] that follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the PNG Orchids,[6][7] on their journey to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia.[8]

Power Meri takes audiences on a journey through rarely-seen corners of Papua New Guinea and behind the scenes of women’s sport.[9] It follows the PNG Orchids through selection trials, arduous training, and diverse personal struggles as they face the world champion Australian Jillaroos and compete at the world cup.[10]

Power Meri was produced by Madeleine Hetherton-Miau and Rebecca Barry[11] from the award-winning production company Media Stockade.[12][13]

Power Meri's PNG premiere was at the PNG Human Rights Film Festival in October 2018,[14] its international premiere was the FIFO Tahiti in February 2019.[15][16] It was awarded 'Best Depiction of Inclusive Sport' at the 2019 Sport Australia Media Awards.[17]

In 2020, Power Meri won Australia's prestigious Walkley Foundation June Andrews Award for Women's Leadership in Media.[18][19]

Reviews[edit]

"This is more than just a sports documentary, it's a very human story of triumph over adversity and a beautifully crafted film. Every Orchid girl has a story to tell. We live their emotional journeys of self-discovery with them and share the ups and downs."[20]

Festivals and Awards[edit]

Festival/Award Outcome Year
PNG Human Rights Film Festival[21] Official Selection 2018
Pasifika Film Festival[22] Official Selection 2018
Real Film Festival Newcastle[23] Official Selection 2018
Milwaukee Film Festival[24] Official Selection 2019
Hawaii International Film Festival[25] Official Selection 2019
Women Sports Film Festival[26] Official Selection 2019
Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival[27] Official Selection 2019
Sports Australia Media Awards - Best Depiction of Inclusive Sport[28] Winner 2019
Beyond Sport Global Awards - Best Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good[29] Finalist 2019
International Association of Sports Journalists - Best Video Documentary[30] Finalist 2019
FIFO Tahiti[31] Official Selection 2019
Sarasota Film Festival[32] Official Selection 2019
Athena Film Festival[33] Official Selection 2020
Women's History Month Film Festival[34] Official Selection 2020
Walkley Foundation June Andrews Award for Women's Leadership in Media[35] Winner 2020

References[edit]

  1. "Power Meri". Screen Australia. Screen Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  2. Clarke, George (20 June 2019). "Prejudice, injury, tragedy: How PNG's women are overcoming obstacles". Fox Sports. Fox Sports. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  3. "Spotlight on Joanna Lester". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  4. "Game changer: Paving the way for PNG women on and off field". The Sydney Morning Herald. The Sydney Morning Herald. The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  5. "The Orchids' tale: PNG's women's rugby league team". The Interpreter. The Interpreter. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  6. "Power Meri film set for Australian premiere on NITV". NRL. NRL. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  7. McKinnon, Alex (13 October 2018). "Women's rugby league helping tackle domestic violence in PNG". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  8. "'We can make a difference': New film captures PNG Orchids' road to World Cup". NRL. NRL. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  9. Newton, Alicia. "'We can make a difference': New film captures PNG Orchids' road to World Cup". NRL. NRL. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  10. Kelly, Fran (5 April 2019). "New documentary highlights the power of PNG women through rugby league". ABC. ABC. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  11. Rigby, Brittney (18 June 2020). "Walkley Foundation names winners of 2020 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism". Mumbrella. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  12. "The June Andrews Award for Women's Leadership in Media". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  13. Groves, Don (25 September 2020). "Media Stockade fosters diversity with 'Back to Nature'". IF Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  14. Entertainment, Loop (17 October 2018). "Outstanding turn up at PNG's film festival". The Loop Entertainment. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  15. "FROM THE ARCHIVE: PNG WOMEN'S SPORTS STORIES RECEIVE GLOBAL ACCLAIM". Australian Government. March 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  16. "PNG women's sport stories receive global acclaim". Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs.
  17. Colbeck, Richard (14 February 2020). "Honours for Australia's best sports journalists". Australian Government Department of Health. Australian Government Department of Health. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  18. Pash, Chris (18 June 2020). "Walkley awards - Winners 2020 mid-year". AdNews. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  19. "The June Andrews Award for Women's Leadership in Media". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  20. Cale, Anna (24 April 2019). "FILM | Review – Power Meri". The Culture Vulture. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  21. "Outstanding turn up at PGN's film festival". The Loop News. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  22. "FILM: PASIFIKA FILM FESTIVAL: POWER MERI". Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  23. "Real Film Festival Programme" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  24. "Power Meri". Milwaukee Film. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  25. "2019 HIFF Program Guide". ISSUU. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  26. "Power Meri". Women Sports Film Festival. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  27. "Through Women's Eyes celebrates 20 years of screening women's stories". Herald Tribune. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  28. "Honours for Australia's best sports journalists". Australian Government Department of Health. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  29. "ANNOUNCING THE 2019 BEYOND SPORT GLOBAL AWARDS SHORTLIST". Beyond Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  30. "PNG women's sport stories receive global acclaim". Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  31. "Power Meri". FIFO. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  32. "Sarasota Film Festival". MUBI. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  33. "Power Meri NY Premiere". Athena Film Festival. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  34. "Women's History Month Film Festival Announced". Tapinto. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  35. "The June Andrews Award for Women's Leadership in Media". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2021.

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