Award-winning film Three Chords & the Truth screening at Riverside

WRITER and director Claire Pasvolsky debuts her feature film Three Chords & the Truth at Riverside Parramatta on October 20, 26 and 28 with musician Jackie Marshall as lead character Angie.

The film was selected at the Sydney Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival and Cinefest Oz in Western Australia. 

Angie could have been one of Australia’s leading musicians if she wasn’t self-sabotaging. Now in her 40s, she finds herself terminally ill and alone.

She struggles financially and plays in a seedy pub to fund the recording of her final album.

When Angie meets Ruby, a teenage runaway, she teaches her to write songs as a way to heal the past.

The film is inspired by musician Jackie Marshall’s own life story. Jackie wrote and performed the original songs on the film.

Maisie Owens (Bump) plays Ruby, and the film also features cameo appearances by television personalities Richard Wilkins and Julia Zemiro.

Claire Pasvolsky says: “Three Chords and the Truth is a portrait of an artist as she faces her impending death, but also about the power of kindness, connection and healing trauma through music.”

Claire’s documentary short film Big Sky Girls screened at Cinequest in the US and, in 2020.  

Her film Calibrate won LA’s Awareness Festival People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

Both films are screening in festivals around the world.

Claire began as a stage actor and then created The Judas Tree production company in Sydney featuring works of emerging playwrights.

She wrote and directed many professional theatre productions including Spoon River Anthology (based on Edgar Lee Masters’ poetry) and adapted Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck.

Three Chords & the Truth was produced and edited by Steve Pasvolsky, whose short film Inja was nominated for an Academy Award.

He has produced documentaries including John Eales Revels: The Haka, for Discovery Channel, which won the 2019 Medal at the Olympic Committee’s Sports Press Association Awards for journalism.

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Popular TV personality Richard Wilkins with writer and director Claire Pasvolsky.

TV personality Richard Wilkins (pictured with production team) appeared in the film with fellow TV personality Julia Zemiro.

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