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2013 Ukrainian Independence Day Celebrations
August 4, 2013

2013 Ukrainian Independence Day Celebrations – Brisbane

See attached advertisement (in English & Ukrainian)

 To commemorate the 

 22nd Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence

(24 August 1991)

and the 

65th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Australia.

The Ukrainian Community of Queensland is celebrating with a range of activities on

Saturday 24 August 2013.

Celebrate Ukraine’s National day with our community

3:00pm – Documentary Film (in English) “Mike and Stefani”
Is a 1952 Australian drama film produced by the Film Division, News and Information Bureau of the Department of Interior for the Department of Immigration.

It tells the true story of a Ukrainian refugee couple who move to Australia.

See more information below.

4:00pm – Independence Day Address and community presentations. 
Stay for tea/coffee and cake. Bar will have other drinks on sale.  

5:00pm- 9:00pm – Ukrainian Party

Ukrainian sing-a-long/karaoke, video clips and music.
Local Ukrainian musicians and dancing. 

Ukrainian food and drinks available.

Ukrainian beer, horilka and cognac will be on sale. As well as Aussie beer, wine, and spirits.

$10 ticket for the day, for an Adult

$25 for family ticket.

Ukrainian Community Centre

70 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane


“Mike and Stefani” Is a 1952 Australian drama film produced by the Film Division, News and Information Bureau of the Department of Interior for the Department of Immigration. It tells the true story of a Ukrainian refugee couple who move to Australia.

Made just after World War Two, Mike and Stefani follows a family of displaced persons from their refugee camp in a devastated Germany to their new home in Australia. It features moving re-enactments of their travails in Europe, chronicling the wartime separation of the young Ukrainian couple, the difficulties of the labour camps, the loneliness and chaos, their eventual reunion and their application to emigrate. The final sequences, filmed as they actually occurred in Bavaria, show their selection interview and journey to Australia with their children. More than half a century later, the subject matter is as relevant as ever.

Mike and Stefani was a film started under Labor Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell and finished after the change of government with the election of the Menzies Coalition in 1949. A romantic yet gritty realist drama, it was an ambitious and expensive film for the Unit and the Department of Immigration. The film had a two-fold purpose: to counter criticism within Australia that immigration selection procedures for displaced persons were inadequate and that 'undesirable' were slipping through the net; and to encourage Australians to accept the sudden influx of non-British immigrants in the immediate post-war years.

Mike and Stefani was shot in 1949/1950 by DOP Reg Pearse and Director Ron Maslyn Williams at a refugee camp in Leipheim, Germany. They took with them just as much equipment as they could carry – a 35mm camera, a few lights and a microphone. Maslyn Williams filmed the interview with Mike and Stefani then, while they waited for the outcome of their application, he reconstructed the events that led them to the camp using thousands of the other refugees from the Leipheim camp as extras. Mike and Stefani, as well as for its historical value, has also been written on for its striking realist style.

Stanley Hawes had a resistance to the use of drama in documentary, however he admired and supported the film, praising it in a letter to John Grierson. Despite Hawes' support, and the film's conservative editorial approach, its distribution was shelved. The final scene in the documentary, showing the selection interview, caused official displeasure in Australia and as a result it only ever secured government film library release within Australia and no screenings through the usual embassy outlets abroad.

However, it did screen at Australia's first international film festival at Olinda in Victoria in March 1952 where it was awarded most outstanding film. The film has been the subject of scholarly historical research from Ina Bertrand and Deane Williams. The National Film and Sound Archive hold oral history interviews with Maslyn Williams and the National Library in Canberra also holds his papers.

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 (24-го серпня 1991р)

i 65-річчя українського поселення в Австралії.

в суботу
24-го серпня 2013р

год. 3:00 по пол. – Початок фільм:

 документальний фільм (англійською мовою)

год. 4:00 по пол. – Зустріч і доповід  

год. 5:00 по пол. – Українська вечірка

Вступ: $10.00 для дорослих і $25.00 для сім'ї

Український  Народний  Дім

70 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane