PYT Fairfield’s new monthly film program where you get to participate in an informative film workshop curated by an industry professional, and enjoy a film they hand-picked for the occasion! 

WORKSHOP ONE: SAT 20TH AUGUST – HAIRSPRAY (1988) curated by Bina Bhattacharya

The Curator of the first film as part of our Popcorn and Pencils program is Bina Bhattacharya, PYT Fairfield’s very own Creative Producer – Youth and Emerging and Campbelltown-based filmmaker. 

Bina is always saying that she wants to “do for Campbelltown what John Waters did for Baltimore”. But what does that mean? Bina will show you exactly what in this special presentation of John Waters 1988 classic “Hairspray” accompanied by a workshop exploring “sense of PLACE in cinema.”

About the film: Hairspray (1988)

You may have heard of “Hairspray” the movie musical starring John Travolta, but before it was a musical it was a cult movie with transgressive drag queen Divine, Sonny Bono and Deborah Harry. Set in 1962, “Hairspray” tells the story of overweight teenager Tracey Turnblad (a young Ricki Lake) who lands a spot on a popular TV dance show and goes on to teach racially segregated Baltimore a thing or two about integration.

About Bina Bhattacharya:

Bina Bhattacharya is an award winning filmmaker and AWGIE-nominated feature film writer from Campbelltown in South-West Sydney. Bina was one of eight writers for the anthology film ‘Here Out West’ which was the opening night film of the Sydney Film Festival 2021. She directed the music video for Punjabi-Australian singer Parvyn’s single ‘What You See’, which was featured in Rolling Stone India. Bina works as a Creative Producer – Youth and Emerging at PYT Fairfield – Western Sydney’s leading professional theatre company with a focus on youth. She is scheduled to shoot her debut feature film as sole writer and director, “From All Sides” at the end of 2022 with her production company Gemme de la Femme Pictures. Bina is a film lover and proud resident of South West Sydney who regularly says her goal is “to do for Campbelltown what John Waters did for Baltimore”

Workshop one: Saturday 20th August 1pm – 4pm

Curator: Bina Bhattacharya 

Film: Hairspray (1988) – 1pm 

Workshop: 3pm – 4pm 


This program is proudly supported by Fairfield City Council.