Film focuses on living kids’ illnesses

It has been proven that palliative care services result in better outcomes for patients, their families and friends.


But the conversation quickly halts when it comes to talking about the services available to children with life-limiting illnesses.


It’s a topic that many find too confronting , scary and sad to contemplate, but a film showing at the coming Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival hopes to open the conversation about palliative care for children in Tasmania.

Story of seriously ill children will warm audience’s hearts

Moonshine Movies’ Little Stars is a film that comes with a warning – it’ll probably change your life.


Little Stars tells the story of a handful of seriously ill young people putting their limitations to one side to achieve the best they can with their lives.


Longford-based director and producer Mike Hill said the fact that the film’s subjects lived in different continents outlined how universal it was for those living with serious illnesses to face life with a can-do attitude. Read more…

The Courier – 13 October 2015

Joseph’s palliative care journey | video
Olivia Shying


ON JOSEPH Stewart’s sixth birthday his parents were faced with a devastating reality – their vibrant, happy child might not make it through the day.


The tenacious seven-year-old was a healthy baby, until he was diagnosed with severe epilepsy at just three months of age.  Read more…

Herald Sun – 6 September 2015

Why being a did is so special to me
– Catherine Lambert


A day rarely passes when Simon Waring did not kiss his son’s soft, bright cheeks.


Three years ago he kissed them for the last time.


“I bent down to kiss his check and and suddenly his face just creased into this beautiful smile,”
Mr Waring said.


“It blossomed”


Marmaduke was for years old when he died in September 2012 in palliative care at home, three years after being diagnosed with the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.


By The time the funny, mischievous boy died, with his father, sister Charlotte, now 19 and brothers Felix, 10, and Rafferty, 5, by his side, those cheeks were filled with small tumours.  Read more…

Neo Kosmos – 4 May 2015

Saving Little Stars in Greece – Nelly Skoufatoglou

The Australian film project campaigns to help Merimna’s Children’s Home Care Service in Greece


Little Stars is a campaign set to inform and promote the value of paediatric palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions and for their families worldwide. It is produced by Melbourne and Tasmanian-based production company Moonshine Movies in collaboration with Al Jazeera Documentary, which will broadcast the one-hour film to over 30 countries.  Read more…

The Lancet Oncology – 1 May 2015

Little Stars – Talha Khan Burki
Lancet Oncology, The, 2015-05-01, Volume 16, Issue 5, Pages 495-495, Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd


“Currently the prevailing view of ‘hospice’ as it relates to children is negative”, explains the production team behind the Little Stars project. “For many the word conjures up images of a death house—lonely, scary, full of suffering”. In partnership with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), Moonshine Movies hopes to “reframe the stereotype of ‘children’s hospice and palliative care’, clearly showing that the discipline is focused on life, not death, delivering a service in the home (or a home-like environment) by a multidisciplinary team, focused on extending and enhancing life through wellness, relationships, community and love”.  Read more…

eHospice – 6 December 2014

Little Stars burn bright – Rob Gill


The World Cancer Congress in Melbourne last night (Friday 5 December) celebrated the official Australian launch of Little Stars, the locally-produced series of films at the heart of a global advocacy project highlighting the need for greater access for children to palliative care.


Film makers Mike Hill and Sue Collins have produced uplifting but still heart rending stories about children, young people and their families accomplishing the extraordinary in the face of serious illness. Stories have been captured in nine countries – the USA, South Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Jordan, the UK and Russia.  Read more…

Free State Times – 3 October 2013

Bloem girl’s HIV story set for big screen
– Mamello Mokoena, Bloemfontein


Moonshine Movies, an Australian Film company responsible for the award-winning 2012 series of short and feature-length films about pain control and pallioative care, has been commissioned to make a similar series here in Bloemfontein.


Melbourne filmmaker Mike Hill came to Bloemfontein in February to meet with Naledi Kopane – a 22 year-old woman who was born with the HIV virus that causes Aids – and decided to turn her inspiring story into a film.  Read more…

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