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Bookings are now open for  

2nd Screening on April 23 at 3:0pm

 Reading Cinema,

cnr Knutsford Ave & Fulham Street,

Belmont WA


The film is classified  Mature (M) Recommended for Mature Audiences (children under 15 may legally access this material  because it is an advisory category  ~ more info here: 


Tickets $20 per person 


EFT Details 

BSB No.                704 235

Account No.        0000 1318 

Name of Acc: Ukrainian Association of WA Inc.

In the reference please write : movie [your name]

After paying - please email so we can update our attendance register


If you are not familiar with EFT please call Myk, on 0412228 056 or 9375 1704  or email   to make alternative arrangements 



About the Financier and Producer -

Ian Ihnatowicz

Bitter Harvest is a romantic drama about the Holodomor, which killed an estimated seven million Ukrainians by starvation in the early 1930s.  Despite having never worked in film, Canadian businessman and philanthropist Ian Ihnatowycz felt compelled to bring the little-known story of the Holomodor to Western screens.   Ihnatowicz was told at the age of 17, "You’ll make a good teacher. But you’ll never make it on the concert stage."   Would it sound cruel to suggest that the world is better off because Ian Ihnatowycz had his dream of being a concert pianist crushed when he was 17 years old?


The film was shot largely in Ukraine, the local crew were often overcome with emotion.  They’d say, ‘We’re filming a scene that reminds me of the stories that my grandfather or great-grandfather used to tell us about what happened during the Holodomor.’

Holodomor - (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р, "Extermination by hunger" ; derived from "морити"+"голодом", "to kill by starvation"), also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide in Ukraine



Synopsis - 

Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a powerful story of love, honour, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s.  As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the “Holodomor,”   Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the  anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.


This epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe. The stellar cast also includes Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp.  


Director George Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover based on Bachynsky-Hoover’s original story.


Watch the trailer here -


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