Alison Thompson first became big news in Australia when her documentary film, The Third Wave, about her experiences volunteering in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was screened at the 2008 film festival at Cannes. She’s pictured here with film star Sean Penn, who assisted volunteers after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, where Alison once again volunteered. This remarkable Australian humanitarian is in the news again this month because of her friendship with another actor, troubled Australian TV star Matthew Newton. She reportedly paid bail for him after his arrest for assault in Miami—he is due to stand trial in the US next month.
Alison Thompson’s life as a courageous volunteer seemed to us like a film in itself, and we’re proud to include her autobiography, also called The Third Wave, in Encounters this month.
To read an extract from her amazing story, click here.