Media & Reviews

Joy, Mary and Mohammad in Tasmania's Central Highlands

Joy, Mary and Mohammad in Tasmania’s Central Highlands


27 Feb: Radio interview ABC Radio National PM with Sally Sara

28 Feb: Interview with The Wire on community radio from Adelaide

Filmmaker is finalist – 2013 Outstanding Documentary Talent Award  Director/Producer Heather Kirkpatrick with her feature length documentary “Mary Meets Mohammad” was one of the four finalists in the national F4 Outstanding Documentary Talent Award at the 2013 Australian International Documentary Conference in Adelaide – February 2013.

27 Feb- Article in Hobart’s Mercury paper

The national DOC WEEK Festival comments on Mary Meets Mohammad.

1 May: It is a sellout opening weekend for Mary Meets Mohammad at Hobart’s State Cinema and Ryk Goddard of ABC Radio Hobart speaks to director Heather Kirkpatrick.13 May:

Here is a review from Tasmanian blogger Steven Wade who saw the film at Hobart’s State Cinema.   “I have to think very long and hard about whether or not what I experienced today is something I’ve experienced before. Today I sat in a movie theatre with around 75 or so other people, and not one single person moved from their seat until after the movie’s credits had finished. When the credits finished, the hushed theatre broke out in a round of applause before people started to make their way out the door.  Such is the power of this film to make you think, to make you examine your own attitude towards an issue that remains very topical here in Australia – asylum seekers.”  Movie Review by Blogger Steven Wade.

A film review in The Tasmanian Times by Lindsay Tuffin.  “Miss this … and you are mad.  Certifiably so.  It’s a stunner. The most beautiful story. So evocative, so powerful.  So utterly, fully, human.The story of Mary Meeting Mohammad.”

2 May just after premiere: A review from the Tasmanian premier at State Cinema. Here is what the Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings and Tasmanian Liberal MP’s have to say about Mary Meets Mohammad at the premiere night in Hobart.

May 1st: In the lead up to the Hobart premiere an article in today’s
Tasmanian Mercury newspaper

Here is a film review from Rohan Nanthakumar for the University of Tasmania magazine Togatus in early May.

Tasmanian Anglican Bishop John Harrower was at the Hobart premiere and has written a review of the film.

The 500 Club Movie Review on 11 July from Brisbane

Screen Hub likens Mary Meets Mohammad to a James Bond movie…read their review.   “In introducing the film at one of the screenings, Australian International Documentary Joost den Hartog praised Mary Meets Mohammad for its beautiful filmmaking technique, with perfect structuring from start to end, “like a James Bond movie”.  He’s not wrong – it’s a powerful story gently told that sucks you in, in a “what happens next?” kind of way.” – Kate Rogers, Screen Hub

ABC Radio Alice Springs interview with director at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2013

The South West News before  South West Roxy Cinema screening for two weeks mid July:

Peter Cundall speaks to Mary on ABC’s Weekend ABC Radio program, with Chris Wisbey, about Mary Meets Mohammad, before he sees the film:

Peter Cundall with Mary after seeing the film on Tas ABC Radio the next week:

Here is a review from the quarterly screen magazine Metro

The Gold Coast Bulletin before two weeks in the cinema at Kingscliff

Mary Meets Mohammad makes Amnesty International’s Top 10 Movie list:

Mary meets Mohammad opens at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal for a two week season.  See the Castlemaine Mail article:

Mary Meets Mohammad opens at Wonthaggi’s Reel Cinema for two weeks.  See article in South Gippsland Sentinel Times:

Mary Meets Mohammad gets a 4/5 rating from Richelle Wilkins of United Christian Broadcasting who radio broadcast nationwide:

Here is an interview with Annie Gaffney on ABC Radio at the Sunshine Coast after some screenings in Nambour last week.

National magazine The Catholic Leader reviews Mary Meets Mohammad:

Green Left Weekly reviews Mary Meets Mohammad:

An interview with Radio West from Esperance:

An article in Batemans Bay Bay Post before the season at Bay City Cinemas

Article from South Gippsland Sentinel Times before season at the Reel Cinema Wonthaggi:

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre screens Mary Meets Mohammad

A Mary Meets Mohammad review by The Bible Society

An article in the Latrobe Valley News before a sellout screening for 220 at Traralgon on 18 September.

An article in the Byron Bay Shire News before opening night on 15th September.

A Four Star Review from The Canberra Times. Mary Meets Mohammad was the most popular Canberra Palace  film on the opening weekend, over all the Hollywood films.

An article in the Bendigo Weekly before screening at The Star Cinema

An article in Canberra Times Panorama magazine Sat 14 Sep before the sellout premiere on Thu 19 Sep.

ABC Radio Canberra interview before Canberra season opens at the Palace Electric.

ABC Radio Perth interview before opening night screening at Palace Luna cinema in September.

The Guardian reviews Mary Meets Mohammad on Australia’s Culture Blog.

City News reviews Mary Meets Mohammad – 4 and a half stars

SBS Reviews Mary Meets Mohammad ‘An intimate touching account of an unlikely friendship.’ 3 and a half stars.

Mary Meets Mohammad opens at Palace Cinemas nationwide in September 2013  Palace Cinemas preview

‘Breaching the Divide’. Article in Byron Bay’s local newspaper The Northern Star

Bernard Hemingway of Cinephilia reviews Mary Meets Mohammad – 4 stars

Papua New Guinea premiere October 17th 2013 at Port Moresby photos from United Nations Human Rights Film Festival

Interview with Melbourne’s 3CR Community Radio before Melbourne season opens at the Place Kino

Mary Meets Mohammad is a 2013 Walkley Award finalist 

“Mary Meets Mohammed is a timely and relevant story told with great sensitivity and subtlety. The judges were unanimous in their support for this documentary, as it showcases the tenacity and skill of the filmmaker in her capture of a charming narrative that unfolds to reveal a confronting and nuanced relationship – one that is both unexpected and profound in its depiction of personal transformation. Mary Meets Mohammed allows viewers to engage in a humane way with a volatile political issue.”  Walkley Award judges on 30 September 2013

Mary Meets Mohammad announced as a 2013 Walkley Award finalist

Mumbrella article:  ‘Walkley Award finalists revealed’

Dumbo Feather’s ‘Conversations with extraordinary people.

Movie Review of Mary Meets Mohammad by Dr Frootloop

CWA supports Mary Meets Mohammad at Hobart special event

Lorne Film Festival screens Mary Meets Mohammad

The Herald Sun reviews Mary Meets Mohammad before Palace Kino premiere week

The Australian gives Mary Meets Mohammad a 3 and a half star review

Melbourne premiere week at Kino with multiple sellouts – photos opening night

Blogger TV presenter Carly Findlay reviews Mary Meets Mohammad

Photos from sellout Sydney Chauvel Cinema premiere Mon 4 November

Antarctic premieres are coming soon at Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Island stations

Photos of Antarctic premiere nights complete with the ‘ice paparazzi’

Mary Meets Mohammad screens in Antarctica

The Walkey Award night photos in Brisbane November 28th 2013

University of Tasmania news:  ‘Asylum seeker doco shortlisted for Walkley Award’

Beyond the Map review ‘Hostility or Hospitality?’

Mary Meets Mohammad Director wins Tasmanian Community ‘High Achiever Award.’

Director Heather Kirkpatrick wins Australia Day Award for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding

Resilient Communities Government Newsletter: 2013 Awards for Muslim and non Muslim Understanding

‘Awards recognise film film and talk as paths to understanding’  Media Release University of South Australia

Photos of Mary of Mary Meets Mohammad wins Australia Day Citizen of the Year

Tasmanian Mercury article: ‘Mary Meets Mohammad star named Brighton’s Citizen of the Year

Director Heather Kirkpatrick wins ‘Best Feature, Documentary, Current Affairs’ category at Tasmanian Media Awards 2014.

Parliament House award night – Director selected as Australian Migration Council Media Award finalist in 2014

Film Making – Hobby or Hustle? Is there a livelihood in documentary film making? Reflections from the Australian International Documentary Conference.–hobby-or-hustle-21po9bv

Peril Magazine – Asian Australian Arts & Culture : “Mary Meets Mohammad still making waves.”


Hazara graves in Quetta, Pakistan. Photo by Ghulam Sakhi Hazara

Hazara graves in Quetta, Pakistan. Photo by Ghulam Sakhi Hazara