To celebrate the highly anticipated release of Joe Cinque’s Consolation the Australian Writers’ Guild and NSW Writers’ Centre invite you to a special preview screening of the film.Joe Cinque’s Consolation
tells the true story of the death of Joe Cinque. In early 1997 Anu Singh a law student at the Australian National University confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help Anu’s boyfriend Joe Cinque attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. As Anu’s mental and emotional state begins to disintegrate her plans grow more macabre and more public. Joe begins to understand the true nature of their relationship while Anu blames him for her illness and vows revenge against him. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends Anu drugs Joe with Rohypnol. Now under Anu’s control Joe’s fate depends on their friends and colleagues intervening to save his life. Instead they gradually withdraw unwilling to help or immobilised by doubt or disbelief. More than a day later on the 26th of October 1997 Anu injects Joe with a lethal dose of heroin.Joe Cinque’s Consolation
is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility and a crime that shocked Australia.The film sold out its two sessions in a matter of hours at the Melbourne International Film Festival where it had its World Premiere earlier this year. The film has also been selected to have its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.Joe Cinque’s Consolation
is releasing in cinemas nationally from 13 October 2016.