Director of Gayby Baby to Speak at Aurora Ball

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Gayby Baby
Gayby Baby

The keynote speaker at the 2015 Aurora Ball will be Maya Newell – director of the upcoming documentary film ‘Gayby Baby’.

Gayby Baby premieres at the Sydney Film Festival today and tells the story of four 11 year old children growing up with same-sex parents.

Sydneysider Maya Newell grew up with two lesbian mothers and wants to share the stories of families like hers.

“Sometimes debates about same-sex families talk about us as hypotheticals – we’re not,” said Ms Newell.

“I want to give voice to the rich, complicated and loving experience of growing up in a rainbow family in Australia today.”

The theme of the 2015 Aurora Ball is ‘Once Upon a Time’: stepping into the stories which have intrigued us since we were kids, and spreading a little magic to the people in our community who really need it.

Maya will share her own experience of how drawing on our own life stories can help other people’s dreams come true.

“At a time when there is a national dialogue around equality that has direct implications for our community and families, we are delighted to have Maya speak at this year’s Aurora Ball” said Aurora Co-Chair Adam Niewand. “Maya is an eloquent voice in our community providing an important perspective on the topic of same sex families, and I for one cannot wait to hear her insights and stories.”

Tickets to the Ball are $235 and are on sale now. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are extremely limited with only a handful of tickets left, so book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. For bookings people should email or call (02) 8323 4041. Further information is available at

More information about Gayby Baby and a trailer is available online at

Media Contact:
Michael Vaughan
0413 473 773

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