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Council to sponsor August Australian Film Series in aid of Community Groups

Longreach Regional Council will sponsor a series of Australian Film screenings in aid of local community groups, at the Star Cinema during the month of August.

The four screenings commence at 2pm each Sunday during August and showcase Australian cinema while allowing community groups a chance to raise much needed funds. Council is sponsoring the venue and film hire and each week a nominated Community Group will benefit from the door proceeds.

The series starts off on Sunday 5 August with a screening of the 2014 film Paper Planes, about a young Australian boy's passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Our Lady’s School Fete Committee. 

It continues the following Sunday 12 August with a screening of the 1986 classic Crocodile Dundee, with proceeds going to the Longreach CWA. On Sunday 19 August the series will showcase the 1956 drama A Town Like Alice, starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch, with proceeds aiding the Longreach Arts & Cultural Association.

The final film in the series is the 1982 classic The Man from Snowy River, directed by George Miller and starring Tom Burlinson and Kirk Douglas. Proceeds from the screening will go to the Isisford Whitman’s Park & Museum Association.

Director of Community & Cultural Services, David Perry, said the series was a unique way for Council to lend a hand to community groups.

“We thought this would be a good way to help out some of our community associations and put on some fun events at the same time.”

He said if the series proved popular Council would consider extending the program.