STAR-filled skies, rodeos and red dusty landscapes are images that have punctuated Australian film since the beginning, and now for the first time, Queensland’s outback is transforming itself into a visionary kaleidoscope that is sure to delight fans.
This month, film buffs, aspiring filmmakers and outback locals have the chance to experience real Aussie cinematography under the stars at the inaugural ‘The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival’ in Winton, held from June 27 to the July 6.
Winton, a small town located a few hours west of Longreach in Queensland’s outback, is commonly known as the birthplace of our ‘unofficial’ national anthem Waltzing Matilda, but is also notorious for being the start of the QANTAS brand.
The 10-day Vision Splendid Film Festival embraces the outback spirit and showcases a program of classic Australian films, educational events and social activities.
Special guest and leading Australian filmmaker Bill Leimbach, who is about to start filming the next Australian epic “Waltzing Matilda” in the region, will be in attendance at the festival to share his passions for Australia cinema.
Mayor of Winton Butch Lenton said despite the struggles of a drought and ongoing farm closures, the spirit and fight of the local community is still alive and well.
“It’s truly an honour for Winton to stage the first cinematic spectacular in the Queensland Outback and we are looking forward to welcoming new faces to the region to celebrate the rich history of Australian cinematography, under the stars,” he said.
“There is no doubt that the festival will bring back the excitement in our community and encourage people to visit the region, no matter what age.”
The festival will be hosted at a variety of locations throughout the shire including the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the North Gregory Hotel and the Royal Open-Air Theatre offering an outback experience like never before.
Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival Curator and University of New South Wales film lecturer, Dr Greg Dolgopolov describes the event as:
“Some of the best known examples of Australian cinema tend to be films that have been shot in the outback and that is why we’ve developed a film program of outback inspired films.”
“To further capture the spirit of the Outback we’re holding a short film competition called A Town Like Winton”.
Media enquires for Outback Queensland Tourism Association, please contact Deana Tynan on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0403 040 461
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Mr Butch Lenton, Mayor, Winton Shire Council
Dr Greg Dolgopolov, Festival Curator.
Matt Bron, Outback Queensland Tourism Association Director
LOCATION: Winton, Outback Queensland
DATES: Friday, June 27 to Sunday, July 6, 2014
TRAVEL HINTS: Spaces are limited. Book your accommodation and tickets in advance and BYO blanket to enjoy evening films under the stars.
INFORMATION: Program, travel and tickets visit visionsplendid.com.au and follow the latest announcements at Facebook.com/visionsplendidfilmfest