Cairns film with global buzz gets hometown premiere


“We’ve been shortlisted for a few Oscar-qualifying film festivals, which is very exciting, and it’s finally the Cairns premiere.”

The do’s and don’ts of getting married is an ARC Disability Services film, an original romantic comedy told from the perspective of adults living with disabilities.

Karen says the film highlights beautiful places in Cairns, making the city a character in the story.

“We made the wedding reception look like a shed in the sugar cane.


“There’s a beautiful old lopsided Queenslander house in the film, the Hilton Chapel offered us the use of their wedding venue.

“It looks spectacular on screen and really showcases the area.”

The film has been selected at 11 festivals and has won five awards to date, including the Audience Award.

Karen says it’s encouraging to see such a positive response from the public.

“It’s pretty special that the performance is finally coming to our screens.

“I’ve been in the disability sector for about 20 years now, and we’ve done this all the time.

“Hit stories like Love On The Spectrum and Ride Like A Girl, it just goes to show there’s an audience for that content.

“People want to hear stories and see stories told by people with disabilities.”

The do’s and don’ts of getting married The Cairns premiere is Friday, November 25 at 6 p.m. at the Tanks Arts Centre.


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