Newcastle Film Festival

‘Sparkles’ delivers cheer to rural communities


Marina Lee-Warner wears many hats, one of her favourites happens to feature a propeller. Twenty-five years performing artist¬†Marina left the traffic snarls of Sydney for the isolated high country of the New South Wales Upper Hunter region. Having raised three children, and currently working in the homelessness sector, Marina never let go of her true colours as a performer and the Sparkles character she created. Marina trained as an actor at North Sydney’s Ensemble Studio’s and had a career in theatre and TV. Clowning, says Marina, keeps her in touch with that pursuit. Marina also enjoys ‘any opportunity to jump on our local ABC Upper Hunter breakfast program and talk about anything’.

This short film was shown on the big screen as part of the Newcastle Film Festival.