Centre to host Q&A

Cecilia AllenSound Telegraph

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre will host a Q&A with the writer and director of new WA film Three Summers later this month.

The Red Carpet Charity Gala premiere of the film includes a four-course meal and a Q&A with writer and director Ben Elton and some of the actors followed by a screening of the film at Reading Cinemas.

The film is set in WA at a fictional summer music festival called Westival.

Over three consecutive years, two musicians meet and fall in love at the festival amid a microcosm of Australian society.

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The cast includes Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, Deborah Mailman, John Waters, and Jacqueline McKenzie.

On the night there will be a charity auction of key props and costumes, door prizes, a raffle, and merchandise for sale.

Money raised goes to The Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health and Lord’s Taverners Peel. Elton, known for co-writing the British sitcom The Young Ones, in which he occasionally appeared, said he was proud more than 1000 locals were involved in Three Summers as extras.

“We are looking forward to premiering our film in Mandurah so that everyone can enjoy what we have been able to produce together,” he said.

“We are proud to support the important work of our national charity partner Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health and the local work of the Lord’s Taverners Australia Peel Branch.

Aboriginal elder and Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health senior manager Koodah Cornwall said he was proud the foundation was associated with the film. “Ben and his team have shown nothing but respect and understanding for Aboriginal people,” he said.

The gala will be held on October 30 at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

Email mark.anderson@fish. ans.au to buy tickets or visit the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health Facebook page for more information.

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