Settlers’ stories in films
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.