Ithaka – A Fight to Free Julian Assange

Ithaka - A Fight to free Julian Assange

25th TiDF: Greek Premiere

The campaign to free Julian Assange takes on intimate dimensions in this portrait of an old man’s fight to save his son. Filmed over two years across the UK, Europe, and the US, this documentary follows 76-year-old retired builder, John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, Julian Assange. The world’s most famous political prisoner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become an emblem of an international arm wrestle over freedom of journalism, government corruption, and unpunished war crimes. Now with Julian facing a 175-year sentence if extradited to the US, his family members are confronting the prospect of losing Julian forever to the abyss of the US justice system. This David-and-Goliath struggle is personal – and, with Julian’s health declining in a British maximum-security prison and American government prosecutors attempting to extradite him to face trial in the US, the clock is ticking. Weaving historic archive and intimate behind-the-scenes footage, this story tracks John’s journey alongside Julian’s fiancee, Stella Moris, as they join forces to advocate for Julian. We witness John embark on a European odyssey to rally a global network of supporters, advocate to politicians and cautiously step into the media’s glare. Α timely reminder of the global issues at stake in this case, as well as an insight into the personal toll inflicted by the arduous, often lonely task of fighting for a cause bigger than oneself.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Ben Lawrence
Script: Ben Lawrence
Cinematography: Niels Ladefoged
Editing: Karen Johnson
Music: Brian Eno
Production: Shipton House
Producers: Gabriel Shipton, Adrian Devant
Executive producer: Roger Savage
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Australia
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 111'
Contact: New Docs
Awards/Distinctions: Awgie Award (Documentary – Public Broadcast) – Australian Writers' Guild 2022, Best Documentary, Best Director – Capricorn FF 2022, Best International Director – Documentary Edge Festival 2022, Audience Award – Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022

Ben Lawrence


2007 Paul’s Dream (short fiction)
2018 Ghosthunter
2019 Hearts and Bones (fiction)
2023 Ithaka – A Fight to Free Julian Assange