Set­tlers’ sto­ries in films

Benalla Ensign - - VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION 2018 - By Si­mon Rup­pert

The 2018 Benalla Fes­ti­val will play host to a one-of-a-kind film pre­miere as the Benalla Mi­grant Camp Inc pre­pare to screen a se­ries of short films.

The clips document the sto­ries of for­mer res­i­dents of the post-war camp, which was the first stop for many peo­ple set­tling in Benalla.

Sabine Smyth, who has been in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing a per­ma­nent memorial to the camp, as well as or­gan­is­ing last year’s 50-year re­u­nion, said she was ex­cited to show the films.

‘‘Film­ing be­gan in Benalla in Novem­ber last year when a for­mer res­i­dent Paul Stevens, who stayed at the camp as a child, trav­elled from the US to at­tend the 50-year re­u­nion,’’ Ms Smyth said.

‘‘The good and bad mem­o­ries con­nected to life at the camp have cre­ated a strong, re­silient group of peo­ple who have in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to tell.

‘‘The theme of this year’s fes­ti­val is ‘Our Back­yard’, a cel­e­bra­tion of spe­cial places and spa­ces.

‘‘And the mi­grant camp cer­tainly is a spe­cial place that has pro­vided ap­prox­i­mately 60 000 Euro­pean mi­grants with their first Aus­tralian home.’’

The short films will be shown at BPACC on Sun­day, Novem­ber 4, at 2 pm. Tick­ets are avail­able from the box-of­fice for $5.

Sto­ries told: Benalla Mi­grant Camp Inc is pre­mier­ing a se­ries of short films, which tell the sto­ries of for­mer res­i­dents, at this year’s Benalla Fes­ti­val.

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