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News for our New Zealand supporters

Can Art Stop a Bullet will be exclusively screening in New Zealand on Thursday July 30th.

If you are in New Zealand or know of people there who may be interested in veiwingthe film there, please Read the press release below.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Melbourne – July 2020)

If ‘making it’ in New York is the benchmark of success, Australian peace documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet? Bill Kelly’s Big Picture” looks destined to ‘make it anywhere.’ This year alone the film has won awards in the New York Festivals and in the Houston International Film Festival (a tough nut to crack). In 2019 it won the Indie Fest 2019 Humanitarian Award, the Impact Docs Award of Excellence, Docs without Borders Film Festival (Excellence), BIG SYN International Film Festival (Winner), Indie Fest Award of Merit, and Pacific Film Awards.

“Can Art Stop a Bullet” has also been invited to screen at the UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), Switzerland International Film Festival, APOX Film Festival (Croatia), Richmond International Film Festival (Virginia USA), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival amongst others.

“The optimism in the interviewees and the possibilities in the art that gets presented during the film, is encouraging enough to leave a positive impression. Can Art Stop a Bullet never avoids topics such as the war in Syria, Abu Ghraib, school shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement, going exactly there where other art documentaries tend to draw a visible line they rarely dare to cross. Educational, essential viewing for every living creature that believes the world can be a better place than it is right now.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Into:Screens review by Seth Eelen

And now it’s time for New Zealand audiences to experience this thought provoking and timely documentary for themselves via fanforcetv with a one-time only online streaming scheduled for Thursday July 30th at 7pm.



So what is it about the film that resonated around the world and made it so well received in such a short time? The film follows artist and peace activist William Kelly as he travels the globe exploring the relationship between art and human consciousness.

It is within this global environment that Kelly poses the question “can art stop a bullet?” to more than 30 prominent international artists such as actor Martin Sheen, Nick Ut, and Dr Rama Mani, indigenous artist Ben McKeown and Rose Lester. It has been described as “a beautiful portrait and testimony to the power of art in making sense of human experience and building a better future”.

According to FILMINK journalist Geordie Anderson: “this is a film for everyone interested in the future of humanity; everyone who has asked themselves why war and conflict have been perpetually with us throughout recorded history.”


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