“Belonging” will have its world premiere in the 2020 Queer Screen – Mardi Gras Film Festival as part of the upcoming Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

A parallel story of two generations of gay activism, “Belonging” explores the impact and legacy of the gay rights movement in Tasmania focusing on two incredible men from the beautiful North West coast: Sam Watson & Rodney Croome.

So proud to have made this work with my generous and talented collaborators Ruby Schmidt, Dena Curtis, Pip Hart, Mathew Farrell, Saint Rien, Noni Hazlehurst & Veronica Fury.

Supported by Screen Australia and Channel 10 though their Out Here Initiative, “Belonging” will also screen later this year on 10 play along with the two other films funded by Out Here: “Alone Out Here” and “The Rainbow Passage” both also premiering in next month’s Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Tickets and details below for the Sydney event.


Returning to the stage in 2020, Noni Hazlehurst in MOTHER by Daniel Keene will be performed at:

HOTA Gold Coast

QPAC Brisbane (Return Season back by popular demand)


Director Matt Scholten
Set, Costume & Props Designer Kat Chan
Lighting Designer Tom Willis
Sound Designer Darius Kedros
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
An If Theatre production

JULY 2019
Network 10 and Screen Australia are proud to announce the three documentary projects that are receiving funding as part of OUT HERE, an initiative that gives Australians the opportunity to produce a documentary focused on the LGBTQI+ experience in rural and regional communities.
BELONGING is a documentary from Toyshop Entertainment that follows 18-year-old LGBTQI+ activist Sam Watson as he takes a road trip from Hobart to north-west Tasmania to examine the impact and influence of gay rights activist Rodney Croome’s public fight for gay law reform, which began in the 1980s and continues today. Watson explores what life is like for young LGBTQI+ people in regional Tasmania in 2019. The documentary will be written and directed by Matt Scholten with producer Ruby Schmidt and Dena Curtis (Shadow Trackers) working as story producer. Noni Hazlehurst AM and Veronica Fury (Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks) are executive producers.

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