A day in the life of Port Campbell features in film festival

A SHORT film displaying a typical 24 hours in Port Campbell will kick off the town’s inaugural film festival this weekend.

A scene from A Day In The Life Of Port Campbell.

A scene from A Day In The Life Of Port Campbell.

A Day In The Life Of Port Campbell has been put together by local residents, who filmed vignettes from their lives and which were edited together by ABC Open producer Emily Bissland.

The short will screen out of competition at the opening night’s short film contest on Friday, where eight shorts made by adults and four made by kids had made the final cut and would compete for the top prizes.

Bissland said working on A Day In The Life Of Port Campbell “was the ultimate fly-on-the-wall experience”.

“As I watched clip after clip, I realised I had been let into something very special ... a glimpse behind the curtains of a closely-knit town,” she said.

“The end product is a delightful, mysterious, unique film that I could never have made myself.”

But the short isn’t the only cinematic celebration of Port Campbell that will take place over the weekend. 

A “mash-up” of productions that used the area as a backdrop — such as short-lived TV series Kelly and much-derided Aussie musical The Pirate Movie — will be humourously narrated on Saturday night before a screening of 1983 comedy Local Hero.

Other films on the program include Dutch drama The Hunt, Irish comedy The Guard, surf doco Uncharted Waters, fishing industry documentary The Money Fish, and Aussie murder drama Mystery Road.

There will also be a selection of films from kids short film festival TropJr screened on Saturday afternoon. Festival organising committee member Jon McLeod said the aim of the festival was to try something new in Port Campbell.

“We hadn’t done it before and it was really just about doing something different in the colder months,” he said.

All films will be shown at the town’s recreation reserve or surf lifesaving club. Visit www.portcampbellfilmfestival.com for more details and ticket info.

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