Award-winning journalist Joan Shenton has been forced to cancel her appearance at a series of panel discussions on the effects of the Gardasil HPV vaccination program after she was not provided with visa confirmation prior to her flight leaving the UK.
A very high proportion of 12-13 year old girls and boys in Australia are routinely administered Gardasil free of charge in school as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Joan Shenton’s award-winning documentary film Sacrificial Virgins questions the controversies associated with the vaccination with many cases of severe neurological damage and also deaths in girls and young women.
Joan Shenton was to have appeared in person for a panel discussion at each of the seven screenings, joined by international scientists and people directly affected by neurological damage following HPV vaccination. However, after a statement in several newspapers (two) that ‘Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would not rule out denying entry to British filmmaker Joan Shenton when she flies in for the screenings,’ Ms Shenton was told by a Department of Home Affairs representative on Friday that her visa application had been taken out of the automated procedure and was being ‘manually assessed’. At the time of writing, visa confirmation has not been provided and the deadline has passed for Ms Shenton’s flight from the UK.
According to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt as reported in news.com.au ‘the film spreads “false and reckless” claims’.
‘The science is in and the medical experts advice is absolute – vaccinations save lives and protect lives and they are an essential part of a healthy society,’ Mr Hunt told Fairfax when the Australia launch of the film was announced.
Sacrificial Virgins is a 30 minute documentary which pulls together the Sacrificial Virgins trilogy launched in 2017. It is directed and produced by Andi Reiss and written, narrated and produced by Joan Shenton. In March this year, it was lauded at the Watchdog Film Festival, held in Brisbane, Australia, where it won both the Watchdog Spirit Award for its investigative journalism and the Best of the Festival award. It then went on to win the prestigious Special Jury Prize for World Social Impact at the Queens World Film Festival in Queens, New York. It is a co-production between Meditel Productions and Yellow Entertainment.
Joan Shenton said: ‘Sacrificial Virgins shows there’s no evidence that vaccines used in immunisation programs to guard against HPV will also prevent future onsets of cervical cancer – because there’s no scientific evidence that HPV actually causes such cancers. However, the film provides plenty of evidence that, after vaccination, countless young women worldwide have experienced life-changing neurological damage.’
The seven screenings will be:
Thursday 2 August – Sunshine Coast – 6:00 PM
Sunday 5 August – Sydney City 2:00 PM
Monday 6 August – North Sydney 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7 August – Near Melbourne CBD 7:00 PM
Thursday 9 August –Northern Rivers NSW 6:00 PM
Saturday 11 August – Gold Coast 6:00 PM
Monday 13 August – Brisbane 6:00 PM
To find out more on booking tickets and where the screening will be hosted click here.