Filmmaker pulls out of film fest after Mardi Gras violence

ONE of the filmmakers involved in a movie produced by the Aids Council of NSW was unable to attend the Byron Bay International Film Festival on Wednesday night after he was a victim of alleged police brutality at last weekend's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney.

The man was due to take to the stage at the Byron Bay Community Centre to introduce the film Part One: Love.

The film tells the story of six gay men whose lives are complicated as a result of their sexuality and because they are HIV positive.

The film highlights how love can often be fleeting, fragile, torrid and particularly complicated for men in their position.

The announcement by one of the man's film colleagues that he would not attend the film festival because of an incident involving police during Mardi Gras came after a video of police arresting 18-year-old Jamie Jackson, throwing him to the ground and standing on his back went viral on the internet earlier in this week.

The revelations of alleged police brutality sparked public outrage, with politicians, community groups and gay rights activists calling for an investigation into the incidents.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch told the media on Wednesday an internal investigation had been launched into allegations of police brutality against three officers who were stationed in western Sydney.

The investigation relates to the arrest of Mr Jackson and another man, 32-year-old Bryn Hutchinson, who came forward after the video of Mr Jackson's arrest emerged.

Mr Hutchinson has shown media bruises he alleges he sustained when he was thrown to the ground by several officers last Saturday night after a disagreement about whether he could cross a road.

Topics:  byron bay international film festival mardi gras nsw police

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