CLOSED: Win a double pass to see former Santa Sabina student's movie Now Add Honey

Robyn Butler’s latest actor-writer venture Now Add Honey is generating a buzz on the movie circuit.

Far from the glitzy lights of showbiz, Santa Sabina College (SSC) staff and students are also celebrating the success of their alumni. Ms Butler spent her formative years at the school.

Having founded Gristmill, a production house with her husband Wayne Hope, Ms Butler has written, produced and acted in many popular television shows including Upper Middle Bogan and The Librarians.

She returned to her old stomping grounds this month to screen Now Add Honey for students.

The Australian comedy starring Portia de Rossi and Robyn Butler is a quirky spin on the issues women face in the age of social media and pop culture.

“As a mother, and as a woman,
I feel strongly that all girls are entitled to grow up in their own time, not to be forced into some unrealistic maturity timetable that’s imposed by pop stars, TV stars or Instagram stars,” said Ms Butler, who was recently featured in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence list.

“I wanted to write a film that expressed that sentiment, as well as helped girls and women to believe that the most important thing is who they are, how they think, what they contribute…not what dress size they are or how big their nose is.

“It’s completely special for me to be showing my film to the girls attending the school where, from time to time, I struggled with my own body image and self esteem.

“My entire life at school, from Kindergarten to Year 12 was at SSC, so pretty well every experience in the first chapter of my life was shaped in those buildings next to The Boulevarde.

“I first became enraptured with drama at school and was actively encouraged by certain teachers. It was definitely shaped by my immersion in school life.

“I did every kind of debating, oratory, sport, at which I was pretty terrible, but that didn’t stop me. I was a school leader and, particularly in the last couple of years at Santa, I found a confidence and a voice that was nurtured by the community, which stood me in excellent stead when I stepped out into the big wide world.”

Returning to Burwood cinema brought back plenty of memories.

“Westfield Burwood was my old stomping ground and Burwood cinema was my local movie theatre while growing up,” said Ms Butler.

“I spent many, many hours there, with many of them etched into my mind. Like the time I got my ears pierced one day after school without permission, and was feeling very pleased with myself when I looked up to see my father, who had happened to drop into Westfield, watching me.”

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