The United States vs Billie Holiday with Johann Hari

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The United States vs Billie Holiday with Johann Hari

26 June @ 6:15 pm - 10:30 pm

$29 – $33
Exclusive movie screening of ‘The United States vs Billie Holiday’ with a live introduction by Johann Hari interviewed by Jenny Valentish.

About this Event

Join Johann Hari and Jenny Valentish for an exclusive movie screening of The United States vs. Billie Holiday at The Astor Theatre in St. Kilda on Support Don’t Punish Day, Saturday 26 June, starting from 7:00 pm.

This amazing biography delves into the beginning of the criminalisation of people who use drugs in America based on the New York Times Best Selling book, Chasing the Scream by internationally acclaimed writer Johann Hari.

Johann will appear live from London via video link to introduce the movie and talk about the amazing back story of Billie Holiday and her battle with Harry Aslinger, the newly appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

He will be talking live on-screen with Jenny Valentish, a journalist and author of ‘Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment’, where she explores the unique experiences of women with alcohol and drugs.

Then after a short intermission, the movie will start at 8:00 o’clock, which provides a fascinating look at Billie Holiday’s illustrious career as a legendary jazz singer as she battled addiction, racism and was targeted by the FBI through an undercover sting operation in an effort to silence her.

Support Don’t Punish

On Tuesday, 26th of June, more than 150 cities across the world will take part in the global advocacy campaign ‘Support. Don’t Punish’, calling on governments to enact drug policies that prioritise public health, human rights, and provide greater access to harm reduction interventions.

There will be information tables from Australia’s leading Alcohol and Other Drugs NGO’s.

About Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish is a journalist and author of ‘Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment’, where she explores the unique experiences of women with alcohol and drugs. She is a SMART Recovery Australia board member and an ambassador for Monash University’s Brain & Mental Health Laboratory.

Doors open at 6:15 with refreshments and drinks are available at multiple locations.

Details

Date:
26 June
Time:
6:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
$29 – $33
Website:
https://www.drugpolicy.org.au/the_united_state_vs_billie_holiday

Organiser

Drug Policy Australia
Phone:
90173777
Email:
admin@drugpolicy.org.au
Website:
https://www.drugpolicy.org.au/

Venue

Astor Theatre
1 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182
St Kilda, 3182
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Phone:
0395101414
Website:
https://www.astortheatre.net.au/