Despite never-ending drought and ongoing farm foreclosures, the spirit and fight of the outback community of Winton is still alive and kicking, and about to stage Australia’s first Outback Film Festival, The Vision Splendid, from 27 June to 6 July, 2014.
As Winton Mayor Butch Lenton explains, “It’ll be a great event to get all the people of the town to the event and hopefully lighten things up for our community and to welcome visitors to something new”.
The festival is being staged in the Waltzing Matilda Centre and the North Gregory Hotel during the day, and under the stars in the Royal Open-Air Theatre during the evening. Opening night features a special indigenous performance and welcome to country and festival guests, Slim Dusty’s wife Joyce and family.
“Some of the best known examples of Australian cinema have been shot in the outback and that is why we’ve developed a film program of outback-inspired films”, said Festival Curator and UNSW film lecturer, Dr Greg Dolgopolov. “To further capture the spirit of the Outback, we’re holding a short film competition called A Town Like Winton”.
The event will also feature a series of yarns and workshops, including a live recording of conversations with ABC’s Richard Fidler, filmmaking workshops with Bush TV, daily children’s cinema, and yarns around the camp fire with master storyteller and local indigenous leader, Pearl Eatts.
Spaces are limited, so book your accommodation and tickets in advance and BYO blanket to enjoy evening films under the stars
For a full program, travel and tickets visit: http://www.visionsplendid.com.au
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