Jolie to unveil Khmer Rouge film in ‘second home’ Cambodia

Cambodia’s king and survivors of the communist regime will be among some 1,500 people invited to the debut screening of “First They Killed My Father”, directed by Jolie and based on the memoirs of Loung Ung.


Loung Ung was five years old when Khmer Rouge troops, led by Pol Pot, swept into Phnom Penh plunging her family into a harrowing ordeal that saw them sent to brutal labour camps before her eventual escape to the United States.


In its quest for an agrarian Marxist utopia, the regime killed up to two million Cambodians between 1975-79 through execution, starvation and overwork.

It is the second movie by Jolie to tackle the subject of genocide – in 2011 she made a film about the Bosnian conflict featuring mostly local actors. 

But her latest silver screen offering is more personal. 

Jolie adopted her first child Maddox from an orphanage in Cambodia’s western Battambang province in 2002 and she has been given Cambodian citizenship. 

The Hollywood star previously said it was Maddox who pushed her to make the film. 

At a press conference in Siem Reap, Jolie described Cambodia as a “second home”, adding that she chose Loung Ung’s book because she wanted to tell the story of the Khmer Rouge era “through the eyes of a child”.

It also brought her closer to her son, she said.

“I wanted to focus not just on the war but on the love of family and on the beauty of the country and in fact I wanted to understand what my son’s birth parents may have gone through. And I wanted to know him better and I wanted to know this country better,” she said.

Maddox is accompanying his mother on the trip and was seen visiting the Angkor temple complex on Friday.

Local cast and language

In a tribute to those who survived the brutal regime, Jolie has pushed to ensure the film would be both made by Cambodians and accessible to them.

Almost the entire film is in the Khmer language while the cast members and much of the crew were local hires, including the two child protagonists.

The film is also co-produced by Rithy Panh, Cambodia’s most acclaimed filmmaker. 

He lost almost all his immediate family during the Khmer Rouge years but went on to produce searing documentaries that helped break the silence surrounding the genocide.

Loung Ung, who Jolie described as a “family friend”, said that while the film centred on her family’s experience, her story would be familiar to all Cambodians. 

“I view it as the story of all of us,” she told reporters.

Despite the prosecution of a few top Khmer Rouge cadres, the genocide continues to be a controversial subject. 

Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was a former regime cadre before he defected and has run the impoverished country for more than thirty years, is opposed to any new prosecutions of regime leaders.

But the Cambodian government has welcomed Jolie’s film so far. 

“The movie reflects the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime,” Sin Chanchhaya, director of Cambodia’s Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department, told AFP.

“This is a big deal for us. There is a strong interest among the Cambodian people (for the film),” he added. 

The premiere will be followed by screenings across Cambodia, some seven months before the film is released to a global audience on Netflix.

Jolie’s arrival in Cambodia marks a rare public appearance since her high-profile split last year from Brad Pitt.

Together they had brought up Hollywood’s most celebrated family with three of their six children adopted from overseas

Rumford’s big Super 6 golf lead irrelevant

Australian Brett Rumford says it’s a shame his five-shot lead will count for nothing on Sunday when the World Super 6 switches to match play.


Rumford recovered from a slow start on Saturday to post a four-under-par 68 in his third round, taking his overall tally to 17 under.

It gave Rumford a five-shot buffer over a group of six golfers tied for second spot.

Under normal circumstances, Rumford would be the hottest of favourites to win the tournament from this point given his sizeable lead.

But unfortunately for the world No.274, the World Super 6 switches to match play in the final round, with the top 24 golfers thrust into a series of knockout, six-hole battles.

Rumford at least earns a seeding after finishing in the top eight, meaning he gets to skip the first round of match play.

But he could be knocked out in the round of 16 if he loses his first contest.

Rumford was thrilled with his hot form but felt a bit sad his big lead effectively counted for nothing.

“Someone had to finish in this situation, didn’t they? It’s a bit of a shame,” Rumford said.

Australians Jason Scrivener, Adam Blyth, Lucas Herbert and Steven Jeffress all earned seedings after finishing equal second at 12 under.

British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and Canadian Austin Connelly also finished at 12 under to earn a bye during the first round of match play.

Star amateur Curtis Luck missed the top-24 cut by four strokes after finishing at four under.

Oosthuizen feels like a defending champion of sorts after winning the now-defunct Perth International last year.

The world No.25 enjoys plenty of match-play fun with friends, but it isn’t often he plays it in tournaments.

“Our normal game is just play for 20 bucks,” Oosthuizen said.

“It’s more about the pride of winning than it is anything else.

“It’s just always good fun playing with your mates and, sometimes, I think I get more nervous playing them than playing a tournament.”

West Australian Scrivener finished third last year at the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup, and was looking forward to featuring in the match play.

But he also wants to make good use of his seeding.

“I can have a bit of a sleep in tomorrow,” Scrivener said.

“It’s nice to be able to skip that first round of match play.

“My goal was to be part of the match play, whether I was 24th or eighth.

“I haven’t played match play (in a tournament) for about 10 years, so we’ll find out tomorrow how I go.”

Oh eyes Australian Open golf title

Eight years after contesting her first Australian Open as a 12-year-old, Melbourne’s Su Oh says she a fighting chance of winning her first national championship.


Oh enters the final round just two shots shy of the lead after shooting a stellar five-under in Saturday’s third round at Royal Adelaide.

American Lizette Salas is the pacesetter at 10-under with Australian Sarah Jane Smith nine-under, and Oh joined in third place by Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum at eight-under.

Oh carded 68 – Saturday’s low round – on a day when only a dozen golfers broke par in testing winds.

Korean-born Oh played her first Australian Open in 2009 – she remarkably shot rounds of 79 and 81 as a year seven student.

Now aged 20, Oh says she’s well-placed for her first LPGA Tour title and the Australian Open crown.

“There are still 18 holes to go … but it’s my national title so I really want to fight for it,” Oh said.

“It’s going to be tough but it would mean a lot. You can’t really put a word to that.”

After mastering the testy third-round conditions, the world No.70 is one of few golfers hoping the winds return again on Sunday.

“I played pretty well today so I’m kind of hoping it will be windy tomorrow … I’m feeling pretty comfortable in the wind,” Oh said.

Fellow Australians Minjee Lee, Hannah Green and Rebecca Artis are all three-under but compatriot Katherine Kirk’s chances blew away in the wind with a seven-over 80 to drop to even par.

World No.1 Lydia Ko is also even par, though not discounting her chances after a luckless opening three rounds with the putter.

“My stroke was good and not many putts went in,” Ko said.

“Hopefully I’m just saving it up for tomorrow … there are so many good things that are going right that hopefully it will all be able to come together.”

Defending champion Haru Nomura is in contention for consecutive titles – the Japanese native is six-under after a four-under round on Saturday.

Paediatrician calls for a re-think on ‘No Jab, No Pay’ immunisation policy

The number of children in Australia who have received all their vaccinations has increased over the past twelve months, according to new figures.


The Federal Government says almost 200, 000 children who had not met vaccination requirements have now been immunised against common illnesses.


But the parents of more than 142, 000 or 5.5 per cent have been denied family payments because they have failed to prove their children have been vaccinated.

The Federal Government says parts of Adelaide and the Gold Coast hinterland have the lowest vaccination rates in the country and it is promising to rectify that.

But paediatric Doctor Margie Danchin from The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne said the ‘No Jab, No Pay’ scheme is overreaching.

She told SBS News 6.2 per cent of children are not immunised because their parents have simply missed medical appointments or they have difficulties accessing services.

And for migrants and refugees, there can be added challenges.

“Many of  them have a number of children and to get them up-to-date is quite a complex issue in terms of what vaccines they’ve had previously, what country they have come from and so for a provider to determine an effective catch up schedule for that child and multiple children in the one family is very challenging,” she said.

Even if those challenges are overcome, she said it can still difficult for migrants to get their children listed as vaccinated on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and that can cost them thousands of dollars a year in lost welfare payments.

“So many of those families whose children are actually up-to-date miss out on these payments.”

Dr Danchin wants a complete evaluation of the scheme focusing not only on immunisation rates but also the financial and social implications.


Patton stars in Giants’ AFL pre-season win

A strong performance from key forward Jon Patton and eyecatching efforts from their high draft picks has highlighted a 33-point AFL pre-season win by Greater Western Sydney over West Coast in the NSW Riverina.


Patton kicked three goals and pulled down seven marks on Saturday as the Giants scored a 0.10.10 (70) to 0.5.7 (37) win at Narrandera.

Starting with a strong breeze at their backs, GWS bolted to a a 27-6 advantage by quarter-time and never relinquished their lead.

23-year-old Patton looks ready to build on a strong finish to his 2016 campaign.which gleaned 38 goals from 23 games.

“I think he (Patton) will take his game to another level this year,” acting Giants captain Josh Kelly told Fox Footy.

“He showed some signs towards the end of last year and there’s no-one working harder than him on the track at the moment, so it’s exciting for him and it’s exciting for the team.”

Kelly was another standout for the Giants, logging a match-high 29 possessions.

Another big plus for GWS was the form of their leading draft picks Tim Taranto and Will Setterfield.

Taranto, who was taken second, accumulated 21 possessions, six clearances and five tackles and Setterfield, who was fifth, was prominent early and finished with 16 disposals.

The Giants fielded several other handy looking youngsters and look to have massive depth considering many of their stars weren’t playing on Saturday.

“It puts pressure on our guys sitting at home,” Giants’ coach Leon Cameron said.

“The good thing about it is there was probably 10-12 guys that put their hands up to say ‘have a look at me’, so that was the real pleasing thing.”

Eagles coach Adam Simpson was philosophical about the outcome given their lack of experienced forwards and a very young side across the park.

“We got jumped early with the pressure,” Simpson said.

“But I thought in the second and third quarters we probably had our noses in front,” he said.

The Eagles’ possession getters were headed by Sharrod Wellingham with 28 touches. with Dom Sheed notching 27 and Mark Hutchings 24.

One positive for the Eagles was the effort of new recruit and former Geelong player Nathan Vardy, who collected 27 hitouts.

West Coast’s Will Schofield hurt an ankle, while the Giants’ Zac Williams suffered an adductoir issue in the closing moments..

Demons please Goodwin in AFL win over Dogs

It might have just been a pre-season match, but Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin was still delighted with the Demons’ six-point win over the Western Bulldogs.


In Goodwin’s first game since taking over from Paul Roos, his side impressed in the windy conditions at Whitten Oval, defeating a Dogs side containing 15 premiership players 0.14.8 (92) to 2.9.14 (86).

“It’s just a pre-season game and we understand that we’re probably four weeks ahead (of them) in our training and preparation,” Goodwin said.

“But I thought we played some really good footy at times.

“I think it was a starting point … we’re well on the way to teaching them the right way to play, but they’ve still got a lot of improving to do.”

In his first game since signing a two-year contract extension, Jesse Hogan was the most damaging forward on the ground, kicking four goals.

“He’s just a great target … I just loved the way he jumped at the ball today,” Goodwin said.

“I think when the ball came into his area he had a real presence about him.

“He marked a few and kicked a couple of goals. He’s had a great summer and I thought today was a good reward for that.”

The Demons led at every change and were well-served by former Hawthorn premiership star Jordan Lewis, who finished with a game-high 28 possessions.

“It was good … by his own admission he probably struggled to settle into the game early, but once he did I thought his direction out there was very good,” Goodwin said of the 264-game veteran.

Co-captains Jack Viney (22 disposals) and Nathan Jones (21) were also important through the middle, as was Bernie Vince (26).

It wasn’t all good news for Melbourne, Josh Wagner suffering a dislocated fibula, with scans required to determine the severity of the injury.

Australia coach concerned over Kruse’s playing time in China

CSL clubs will be limited to three foreign players per game for the 2017 season, which begins on March 3, down from five last year.


Kruse and midfielder James Holland moved to Liaoning FC last month, joining James Troisi at the club and international team mates like Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown) and Apostolos Giannou (Guangzhou R&F) in China.

Winger Kruse’s need for gametime is particularly acute as he made only three appearances in cup competitions for Bayer Leverkusen this season before his move.

“You hope he has got a move where he plays regularly. There are new rules for him and Giannou just to play,” Postecoglou said.

“There are no guarantees any more. That’s a bit of a concern.”

Australia’s campaign to reach a fourth straight World Cup finals reaches the business end this year and the Socceroos are also featuring in the Confederations Cup in Russia.

With the World Cup following in 2018 and Australia’s Asian Cup defence the following year, Postecoglou said this would be a crucial year for 28-year-old Kruse, who has played 48 times for his country.

“He is still in the prime of his career,” Postecoglou added.

“Robbie, at his best, is more than capable of playing at the highest level. He just hasn’t had the opportunity because of injuries and game time,” he said.

“This next 12 months are big for him. He will either become a key player and take on that experienced role now, or get bypassed by others. That’s his challenge.

“I believe he can be a key player in our team, and he needs to be now.”

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

Giving kids a fighting chance in rural Australia

Malikyn Williams is fighting for a better chance at life.


At only 16, he remembers when it once spiralled out of control.

“They’d be times where I’d hit the grog. I used to be a big alcoholic,” he said.

His drinking would lead to street fights and run-ins with the police.

“I was in a bad place and it affects you, because you think no-one’s there.”

It all turned around when he met boxing coach Darren Finn, the first Indigenous athlete to win an Australian title in four different styles of martial arts. 

Mr Finn introduced the teenager to a new program turning young lives around by teaching them the basics of boxing, mixed martial arts and fitness.

Besides learning how to jab and throw a punch, Mr Finn said the program boosts self-esteem and presents youths with valuable skills for everyday life.

“A lot of people think boxing is just about hitting but it’s not. It builds discipline and respect. For example as I grew older, I was able to have that respect and that discipline to open a door for a lady and how to treat a person, how to talk to people.”The boxing program has had overwhelming support from the Tingha community in rural NSW.SBS


Mr Finn devised the program with friend – and New England Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer – Matt Cutmore.

The men secured a $5000 grant from the NSW Police Aboriginal Unit enabling them to buy boxing gloves, focus pads and wrist tape and to launch the program in the rural NSW town of Tingha, 100km north of Armidale. 

The program has had overwhelming support from the community with 50 Indigenous children and teenagers already signing up. 

Growing up as a “hot-headed bloke”, Mr Finn knows first-hand the positive impact of boxing.

“As I grew older and I saw the change in myself, I knew boxing had an impact on me; it had an impact on the mind as well as the body so I can see a lot of change with them [the children]. Because I’ve experienced it, I know those little things I will be able to help them with in the future.”

With Indigenous youth 26 times more likely to be in detention than their non-Indigenous counterparts, Mr Cutmore said he wanted to create something to stimulate the children physically and mentally.

“There was a bit of crime trending, just the basic stuff like break and enters, and little bit of assault. A lot of it has got to do with boredom, that’s why we’re hoping this program will keep them busy, keep them occupied, and keep them off the streets.”

Local officers also volunteer at each session to train the children.

“No matter where you go there’s always that stigma around Aboriginal people and police,” said Mr Cutmore. “But it’s our job to break down those barriers.”

Mr Finn hopes their involvement will help end a cycle of negative attitudes towards the police and build positive relationships.

“There’s a misconception around the community that to be a man you’ve got to go to jail and I’m like, well, to me when I was growing up, a man was supporting you’re household. See the kids don’t get that going to detention can change your future. If they both sat back and listened to each other it will be better for both worlds.”

It’s still early days but the program is already showing signs of success.

For Malikyn Williams, he’s not taking his second chance for granted.

“As each day goes by, you realise how precious life is. Darren is like a friend to me, like an angel over your back,” he said smiling.

“I think he is a big influence on the community. Through Darren, he’s going to change a lot of young lives, like myself.” 

No tax cut for banks impractical: PM

Malcolm Turnbull has shot down a proposal to exempt the big four banks from the government’s company tax cuts.


Some Liberal MPs are pushing for the exemption especially after former Queensland premier Anna Bligh was announced as the sector’s chief lobbyist.

The Australian Bankers Association on Friday announced the appointment of Ms Bligh as its new head.

Liberal backbencher Luke Howarth said Ms Bligh’s appointment adds more weight to the argument to leave the big four out of the coalition’s policy to reduce tax rates over a decade.

“The point is that our Enterprise Tax Plan will not go through the Senate as is … and the big four banks already make plenty of money,” he told The Australian.

“There was a case to have them excluded prior to this … it is more so now … it is a blatant political appointment.”

Asked whether they could be exempt, Mr Turnbull on Saturday said the rate really has to apply across all corporations.

“Distinguishing between one sector and another is not a practical measure,” he told reporters in Queenstown before flying out of New Zealand.

“I’m not aware of that ever being done in any other jurisdiction.”

He said he understands concerns about banking practices but misconduct is being cracked down on.

“We’re taking real action to ensure the banks treat their customers better.”

Labor’s planned royal commission would not result in any action after years of inquiry, he said.

The Australia Institute said its research showed the big four would reap $7.4 billion from the company tax cuts over 10 years.

“The big banks and insurers made nine per cent of company income last year, but accounted for just one per cent of private investment,” executive director Ben Oquist said.

Knights hammer Raiders 44-0 in NRL trial

Newcastle have signalled their rebuild is heading in the right direction, thrashing an under-strength Canberra 44-0 in their NRL trial match.


With the Raiders missing a slew of first-grade regulars including Jordan Rapana, Joey Leilua and injured skipper Jarrod Croker, a near full-strength Knights ran riot on Saturday evening at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.

It is a welcome result for the young Newcastle side after two consecutive wooden spoons, while Canberra fans will have to remain philosophical after their only hitout before the new season in which they are expected to push for the premiership.

The game was all but over at halftime with the Knights piling on 30 unanswered points.

Aside from the opening five minutes, Newcastle dominated possession and territory.

A Danny Levi try opened the scoring for the Knights and, along with Dane Gagai, he was one of the shining lights for the visitors in the first 40 minutes.

Trent Hodkinson put in a perfectly weighted kick to allow Peter Mata’utia to cross before Jamie Buhrer and Sione Mata’utia piled on more pain for the Raiders.

Hodkinson rounded out a superb half for the Knights, scoring a try and booting home all five conversion attempts in the opening period.

Both sides made multiple changes in the second half with the tempo of the match slowing and errors creeping in as second-string players took the field.

Brendan Elliot continued the rout by scoring a try and Chanel Mata’utia became the third of his brothers to cross before Ken Sio completed the hiding.

There was no lack of feeling from Knights big man Lachlan Fitzgibbon who was sent to the sin bin after a scuffle with Adam Clydsdale in the closing stages.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown said while he was happy with the performance, he remained mindful Canberra had a number of important players missing.

“I thought the times when we were under pressure, we certainly defended our line well under pressure,” Brown said.

“In that first half in particular, I felt our attack looked reasonably good.

“When we had 12 on the field in the last 10 minutes – to not allow them to score – obviously, we’re very happy with that.”

Brown said up to 19 players from the trial squad of 24 were likely to travel to Auckland for their season opener against the Warriors.

Stand-in Raiders captain Josh Hodgson said the absence of key players was no excuse for their poor showing.

“It’s a bit of a shock to the system and a bit of a reality check for a few of us,” Hodgson said.

“The start was nowhere near good enough and I thought we were pretty sloppy defensively.

“We’ll regroup and get ready for round one.”