Fletcher Jones remembered in new documentary

THE collective stories and memories of the former Fletcher Jones factory are to be showcased in a locally produced film on Sunday.

Stories of Fletcher Jones is the handiwork of Warrnambool documentary-maker Colleen Hughson.

The screening to be presented by the F Project is aimed at preserving and honouring the legacy of the much-loved Warrnambool icon. The 30 minute documentary is a culmination of 18 videos made throughout the Fletcher Jones history.

Local tales: Warrnambool documentary-maker Colleen Hughson will screen the collections of Fletcher Jones' stories on Sunday.

Local tales: Warrnambool documentary-maker Colleen Hughson will screen the collections of Fletcher Jones' stories on Sunday.

Project manager Julie Eagles said the film was an adaptation of “an amazing story”.

“It’s essentially a behind-the-scenes documentary dating back to the factory closing and following its path through disrepair to community campaigns and then on to being restored and repurposed,” she said.

“There are photos, footage and interviews from a wide range of sources.

“It’s a positive story of people who cared strongly about something.

“It’s a community-lead campaign that has developed links and connections throughout its journey. It is great to now have it all documented.”

The afternoon event will include the film screening and an open question session with Fletcher Jones site manager Troy Kelly, Stories of Fletcher Jones project manager Julie Eagles and film-maker Colleen Hughson.

Panel members will also give an update on works at the Fletcher Jones site.

Sunday’s screening doubles as a fundraiser for the Christmas Market Garden Party with all funds raised being matched by the Fletcher Jones Foundation. 

“By the time of this year’s Christmas Party on December 3 the silver ball will be restored and (it will be) lit up at night,” Mrs Eagles said. “It will be a sight to behold.”

Stories of Fletcher Jones will screen at Warrnambool’s Mozart Hall on Sunday August 13 from 2pm to 4pm.

“We have also entered the film into the 2017 Victorian Community History Awards in the Local History Project Award category,” Mrs Eagles said. “But that’s a story for another time.”