16 September 2017
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Debby Ryan‘s new coming-of-age movie, Rip Tide, is out in theaters.

The 24-year-old actress took to Instagram today (September 15) to open up about what the Australian film means to her.

“My new movie Rip Tide is out,” she wrote. “It’s about how social media can make you want to go literally as far from your life as possible. It’s about grief, profound lingering grief and how, even though we’re all healing from different things, none of us has to heal alone.”

“It’s about the family you have and the family you make. It’s about letting the ocean wash over you and run through you. It’s about identity, doing things that scare you, understanding your past and defining your own future. Go see it, Australia. Tag someone to watch it with.”

13 September 2017
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11 September 2017
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BULLI filmmaker Rhiannon Bannenberg dreams of one day turning her hometown and the Illawarra into a film mecca.

Speaking after her feature film Rip Tide had a VIP red carpet premiere at Shellharbour’s Event Cinemas on Sunday, Bannenberg quipped she dreamed of turning “Wollongong into Hollygong”.

Judging by Rip Tide, which was filmed completely in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands, Bannenberg has already started something beautiful.

Rip Tide, a coming-of-age family drama starring Debby Ryan of Disney fame, made its world debut at Sydney Film Festival in June to rave reviews.

At Sunday’s special screening a line of people stretched the entire length of the cinema and judging by the audience attention and reaction, the Illawarra’s own feature film will be well received in cinemas.

Much of the scenery features local spots like The Farm at Killalea and Kiama.The film’s cinematography showcases the beauty of this region perfectly.

Parents will know some of the Australian actors too, like Marcus Graham from Blue Heelers and Aaron Jeffery from McLeod’s Daughters.

REVIEW BY ELLA O’BRIEN, AGE 9

The beautiful movie Rip Tide is great for girls over eight years of age, because it’s all about following your dreams and is very inspiring.

People in the Illawarra might recognise some of the locations, like one of my favourite places The Farm at Killalea State Park.

The places included in the film were really beautiful. The surfing scenes were amazing, because you felt like you were in the water with the characters. (more…)

7 September 2017
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According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people die by suicide each year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. World Suicide Prevention Day is Sunday, September 10. Our message this year is simple: Stay. Find what you were made for. To find help, learn more, or get involved, please visit: http://www.twloha.com/iwasmadefor

1 September 2017
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