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Belgrave’s Trees Adventure has become a training base for a bold bid to tackle Mt Everest.
Bobby Barjam, 51, is no ordinary adventure seeker, rather, he he is trying to achieve a goal he set 38 years ago after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Even though Bobby lives in near constant pain – not that you would ever know – he is intent on pushing his body to the limit, in order to inspire others.
Bobby said he was focused entirely on achieving this goal.
“When I was 13, I was diagnosed with MS, I was in the St Mary’s ward St Vincent’s Hospital … I was, and am, the youngest person in Australia to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,” Bobby said.
“At that time, my legs weren’t working and my eyes went haywire on me, but I said to myself one day I’m going to climb to the top of the world and see the blue sky … 38 years later I’m doing it.”
Bound to a wheelchair, and partially blind at times, many might resign themselves to a quieter life.
Bobby is not that person.
Rather, his story is that of an ordinary man with an extraordinary outlook on life – to never give up hope.
“What I try to say to people is everybody has their own Everest’s … whether it’s running a marathon or losing weight, and that’s the whole point to why I’m doing it; I’m doing it to raise millions for people with MS and to say have a go and do your best,” he said.
“It’s very important for me to make an example of my disability and disadvantage and show that it doesn’t stop me from doing things … you can do whatever you want to do if you put your mind to it.”
Bobby has certainly put his mind and body to the test and these days he has the fitness of an elite athlete.
That fitness is thanks to a brutal training regime, which sees him climbing the 1000 Steps 15 times in one go, or training 4-5 times a week at Fitness First and at the Trees Adventure – Glen Harrow Park in Belgrave.
He said that training at Trees Adventure – Glen Harrow Park reflects the balance and strength required for the terrain of Everest.
“It’s very similar to climbing in the Himalayas … all the courses at Trees Adventure really help with my balance, and the climbing wall helps with my strength and climbing techniques,” he said.
Having already climbed Mount Kaala Patthar.and Mera Peak – two of the highest mountains in the world – Bobby is acutely aware of the risk and the risk of a relapse.
“These relapses are extremely painful and can vary from “from not being able to walk, to not being able to see, to half of my body being paralysed,” Bobby said.
When asked about his secret to dealing with the pain, his response was laughter.
“I don’t take any medication; I just lock it in the back of my brain, and carry on with a smile.”
Bobby will attempt the trek to the top of Mt Everest on 10 April, 2019.
In support of Bobby and his epic quest, Trees Adventure – Glen Harrow Park in Belgrave is holding a fundraiser and will be donating $15 from each ticket sold on 19 May, towards Bobby’s Everest mission.
Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.treesadventure.com.au or alternatively you can donate directly to Bobby’s GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/bobbybajram
To find out more about Bobby’s journey, visit http://bobbybajram.com
Cat Walker got her first violin when she was three, but there was another violin already in her life – her great-grandfather’s red violin.
At the Healesville Dawn Service on Anzac Day, Cat, now 28 and an equine adviser in the Yarra Valley, told the remarkable story of Staff Sergeant Charles Alfred Bender and his red violin.
In her soft voice, and as she played the beautiful Ashokan Farewell, she captured the imagination and hearts of the crowd.
The legendary violin, the only physical connection to her great-grandfather, was always there, in her parents’ wardrobe, but significantly damaged.
In year 11, when she says she was getting serious about further study on violin, she had it restored to complete Year 12.
Sgt Bender joined the 8th Australian Field Ambulance in July 1917 after working in military hospitals in Lemnos, Abbassia, Brighton and Abbeville.
He also joined the unit’s musical troupe, the Nightbirds, who performed many concerts during their travels in France.
“The travels of my great-grandfather’s red violin are the stuff of family legend,” she said. “We’ve all heard about the time he left the violin in a trough in France when his field ambulance unit was called to the front line.”
Cat’s research revealed that someone, whether it was Sgt Bender, or another, made a special trip back to get the hidden instruments.
“What I never wondered until now, was who he played his beloved violin for. Who heard the same voice I hear when I play ‘Alfie’? Who found solace or joy? Who forgot where they were while they danced, just for a moment?
“So, I went looking,” she said.
She found an official mention of items belonging to the concert troupe being dumped near Vauchelles in April 1918, weeks before Alfred was hospitalised due to gas exposure while treating and evacuating others on the 25th of April.
“Maybe he collected his precious violin on his way back to his unit? Who knows …!
“What I do know is that on Christmas Day 1917, he performed a violin solo as part of an evening concert for the freezing and exhausted unit while they were billeted in Wirwignes,” she said.
“I wish I knew what he played that night, but when I play Alfred’s violin today, I will play for those who did not hear him play, those the Field Ambulances and other medical units could not save; those we can remember both in silence and in music.”
A group of six sawmill operators, including three in Central Highlands, has accused the State Government of creating uncertainty and confusion in the industry through what they say is a major conflict of interest over the government’s purchase of the Heyfield (Gippsland) sawmill.
In an open letter to the Premier, the Group of Six (G6) – Fenning Timbers – Bairnsdale, Ryan & McNulty – Benalla, Dindi Sawmill – Murrindindi, A G Brown – Noojee; Kelly’s Timber – Wesburn and Powelltown Sawmills – Powelltown, get straight to the point.
“We just want to know about the future of jobs, communities and the timber industry in regional Victoria” the letter (see page 6) starts.
They accuse the government of shutting down extensions to existing timber supply agreements, ceasing tendering contracts for wood supply beyond 2021 and placing a halt on renewing some harvest and haulage contracts while “brazenly” providing Heyfield with extra timber at their expense.
With the sole timber supplier, VicForests, also a State Government-owned company, in charge of the agreements, the G6 is drawing a fox in the hen-house analogy, saying they are being left to “stop the carnage”.
The Mail was redirected from the Premier’s department to the Minister for Agriculture & Regional Development for a response to the Open Letter.
The Agriculture Ministry emphasised that no contracts were ‘torn up’ but said optional extensions weren’t extended due to impacts on supply due to fire and protected species.
Dindi Sawmill owner Sue McKinnell from Healesville said however the impact on the smaller sawmills was a direct consequence of the Heyfield situation.
“The government bought the sawmill to save community jobs and the timber industry and in doing so has hung out six others,” she said.
“Dindi had a licence to 2026 and in September last year VicForests came to us and to five other mills and said they were not going to honour the extensions.”
“Ours was cut back to 2020, some others have until 2021.”
Ms McKinnell said Dindi Mill employs 17 people whose families depend on them and who want certainty.
“After June 2020 we will have to close the doors and walk away; after $20million investment over the past nine years, we are just going to have to walk away.”
Harold Fox, owner of Powelltown Sawmill, said timber communities and workers need security.
“We want to know we still have a future. Workers need to have that bit of security that you have with the long-term licencing.
“That’s all we’re asking the government for,” he said.
Powelltown employs 35 people, and as with Dindi, many of them are second and third generation workers in the industry.
“You have people in the mills and working in the bush who have bought equipment and you need to plan for the future, whether that’s a declining future, you just need to be able to plan for the potential future.”
He said the industry had been ramping down from about 180 sawmills to around a dozen small sawmills as the government has bought mills out over the years.
“We’re in a position now to keep us all sustainable and keep the town viable,” he said.
“We’re sawmillers and we just want to know there’s a bit of a future for us, and for our customers.”
While both Ms McKinnell and Mr Fox say they are happy for Heyfield, they are equally adamant that it can’t be at the expense of other mills.
“They were advised not to do it (buy Heyfield), to let them stand on their own two feet and instead they have hung out six mills to save one,” Ms McKinnell said.
In response to the ‘Open Letter’ a government spokesperson said the government supports a strong and viable forest and forest products industry and is committed to creating jobs and promoting investment.
“We’re investing in the long term future of Victoria’s forest industry by diversifying and complementing the supply from native forestry,” he said, adding that they are continuing to work with the industry and other stakeholders to a plan for increased plantation supply.
On the accusation by the G6 of a conflict of interest, there was no response.
A new $6.5million leadership school at Don Valley is part of a $7, 260,000 investment in Upper Yarra schools to be announced in the Victorian State Budget on Tuesday, 1 May.
The Alpine School campus will be built on land currently owned by Parks Victoria as part of Haining Farm.
Launching Primary School will receive $500,000 to upgrade and modernise their school while Don Valley will get $170,000 and Hoddles Creek $90,000.
Labour candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan, welcomed the investment in local schools saying it was good news for the area’s small schools and that the selection of Don Valley for the Alpine School taps into the exceptional natural resources that are part of the region.
The Mail understands that the parcel of land situated to the east of the main Haining Farm property, between Don Road and Old Don Road, will be transferred to the Victorian Department of Education and Training as part of the arrangement.
The School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative operating three campuses in the Victorian Alps, East Gippsland and the Western District for Year 9 students.
Principal Mark Reeves told the Mail it was an exciting opportunity that had been part of a long-time vision for the school.
“We have kept warm this terrific opportunity provided to us by Parks Victoria about 10 years ago,” he said.
“When they were looking at their strategic use of Haining Farm they approached us to look at the site and it really is a great location. I love that it is next to Don Valley Primary School and all the other opportunities that it offers.”
Students come from Victorian Government schools all around Victoria and there is an international program as well for the operation which typically has up to 20 teaching and non-teaching staff and a recurrent budget of about $2 million dollars a year.
Mr Reeves welcomed the $6.5million as a significant start to developing a fourth campus and said while they will need to “look at some creative ways of staging the construction” they are committed to starting the process.
He anticipated they will go to tender in June and were hoping to start to the 10 to 12 month building process in February.
Ms Brennan said the announcement followed planning funding in last year’s budget that would now see construction of the new campus.
She said while there would be minimum impact on the community, the investment recognises that the residential leadership program and alternative activities for Year 9 students are very important.
“It’s booked out and there is a waiting list across the state for this program and this is the Andrews Government responding to that need,” she said.
“I know from my own experience in education that Year 9 is a critical time for students – making decisions often on what they want to do and who they are.
“It’s wonderful to have a place away from school that’s about self-determination and who am I, as well as lots of activities outdoors.”
Ms Brennan said Don Valley was a smart choice with the whole of the Yarra Ranges National Park on their doorstep and its proximity to Melbourne.
In an election year, Ms Brennan said it was worth noting that the funds announced in the budget were locked in.
“These are not election promises, they are budgeted expenditure items that will happen,” she said.
Good players perform in big games.
And this season’s Reeves Shield final was no exception as Knoxfield batsmen Tom Boxell and Jack Taylor struck centuries to close out The Basin, giving the Knights their third premiership in a row.
The Basin bowlers had no answer to Boxell (100) or Taylor (127), as the pair added 148 for the fifth wicket and ultimately an unbeatable total of 8/356 at the close of day one.
Taylor showed why he was selected in the Victorian Country team as his innings consisted of only 84 balls with 11 boundaries and 9 sixes.
The Basin’s run chase at one point was on track at 3/150.
However, once leading run-maker Scott Vozzo departed for 82, the Bears’ dream of their first premiership was over, dismissed for 267 in the 73rd over.
Josh Lindner took three wickets, following up on his six-wicket haul in the preliminary final while Taylor was awarded the Stephen Lee Medal for best afield.
In one of the great grand finals, Footballers claimed the Decoite Shield after holding out a gallant Lysterfield in dramatic scenes on the last ball of the day.
On day one, Footballers elected to bat and a boil-over seemed likely when they stumbled to 5/66 before Tharanga Lakshita and Radhik Gooneratne pushed the score to 160 when Lakshita fell first ball after drinks for 60.
Gooneratne gave terrific support with 64 as the ‘Ballers’ were dismissed in the 74th over for a defendable 205.
Former Sri Lankan international fast bowler Lakshita produced a marathon performance, reducing The Beavers to 7/107 and a possible early finish.
However, the talented Anthony Brolic was untroubled with wickets falling all around him, until he gained support from Steve Kennedy and Brad Paull which saw Lysterfield back in the contest requiring 17 runs to win at a run a ball with just one wicket in hand.
Lakshita commenced the final over to Brolic with eight wickets to his name as the Beavers required seven runs for the flag.
The experienced Sri Lankan delivered a brilliant final over leaving Brolic (89*) stranded at the bowlers end with a boundary required to win from the last ball.
Tailender, Tim Chivers could manage only a single, giving the Griffins a two-run victory and the Shield.
Lakshita finished with 8/67 from 30 overs.
Grand Final scores
Knoxfield 8/356 (Boxell 100, Taylor 127, Gerloff 40, Freeling 3/41) d The Basin 267 (Vozzo 82, Rundle 33, Sherriff 35, Oaten 45, Wilson 3/64, Lindner 3/80). Stephen Lee Medal – J. Taylor. Umpires: Carter and Sevior.
Footballers 205 (Lakshita 60, Gooneratne 64, Kinniburgh 4/67, Chivers 3/23) d Lysterfield 9/203 (Brolic 89*, Lakshita 8/67). Ken Utting Medal: T. Lakshita. Umpires: Walters and Head.
Courtney Pace wasn’t showing any favourites on Saturday bringing home a winner in both the Sally Brennan Labor For Eildon Open Trophy and the Cindy McLeish MP for Eildon Golden Thong.
Riding Fold to a win in the third, and Victorian Crown in the fifth, Pace, who rode her first winner at Healesville, said (perhaps prophetically) “they were completely different races, but with the same good result,”
Ms Pace and both Ms McLeish and Ms Brennan spoke in their presentations of the great atmosphere that Healesville Amateur Racing Club provides each season and commended the volunteer race committee and helpers who dedicate themselves keeping Healesville on the radar as one of, if not the best, picnic racing meetings in Victoria. See more photos on the Healesville Races gallery at mailcommunity.com.au .
Healesville Soccer Club coach Milton Sakkos is excited about the club’s first match for the season, against Ringwood City at the Don Road Complex on Saturday 24 March.
In his first match as senior coach of the Reds, Sakkos says everyone is looking forward to the first game this weekend.
“Everyone is excited with the new team that we have,” he said.
“The team is divided between new players and old players. It will be interesting to see how we go.”
The club has introduced six new players into their playing squad, including Jason Barriento, Miguel Barrigos, Govinda Bohara, Nathan Meneses, as well as Javier and Xavier Torres.
Starting pre-season in late January, the senior players and the reserves have been training every Tuesday and Thursday before their first match against Ringwood.
With the hard work put forward by the senior coach, Sakkos is feeling positive for the players before the new season.
“I don’t know how everyone is going to go. I am feeling positive ahead of the new season,” he said.
“Everyone is excited ahead of the new season.
“We are going to have everyone on the list available.”
Sakkos still believes that there is room for improvement in regards to their fitness.
“I still think we are four weeks away from where we should be,” he said.
“There is still a little bit of work to do and we need to keep improving.
“We need to keep working hard throughout the whole season.”
Don Valley athlete Casey Wright has ticked off a major goal in making her Winter Olympics debut at PyeongChang, though she failed to qualify for the sprint classic quarter final.
In what has been described as difficult conditions, Wright, 23, performed admirably in the qualifying race on Tuesday 13 February (local time), striving home in 3:49.80s to finish in 63rd position.
The former Mount Lilydale Mercy College student finished outside the qualifying time of 3:25.80s, with Stina Nilsson from Sweden taking out first position in 3:08.74s.
Wright’s Australian teammates also put in a strong showing, with Jessica Yeaton finishing in 48th position and Aimee Watson in 58th position.
Despite failing to qualify, Wright tole the Australian Olympics Commission website she was proud of her efforts.
“It was OK; it wasn’t quite as fast as I wanted but I definitely gained a lot of experience skiing with all these amazing girls,” Wright said.
“It’s pretty special to now be an Olympian. It’s been at the top of my goal list for quite a few years now, so I’m stoked. I can put a big tick next to that one.”
European cross-country skiers traditionally dominate the gruelling sport, which was the case in the qualifying event, with the first three positions going to European competitors.
To put Wright’s efforts into perspective, at PyeongChang teammate Barbara Jezersek became only the fourth Australian cross-country skier to finish between 30 and 40 in an individual Olympic event.
Jezersek placed 39th in the women’s 30km skiathlon.
Wright’s journey has been nothing short of incredible, after basing herself in Anchorage, Alaska, where she is working towards a degree in Health Science at the University of Alaska.
For Watson and Yeaton, they will now compete with Jezersek in Day 6 of the competition in the women’s 10km free event.
Up-and-coming South Belgrave executive producer, Lachlan Nash, has helped to secure a second season for his show, ‘The Modern Middle East’.
What started out as a collaboration between friends has grown into a unique, well-received project, with the first season gaining unexpectedly high ratings.
Nash said he never anticipated such a positive response, or the breadth of potential topics.
“We’ve only just began to touch the surface of what we’d like to cover,” he said.
“Our ultimate aim is to help foster a more positive image of the Middle East. Yes, there are conflicts – but a lot of people are doing good in the region, too. Then, there is the significant history.”
‘The Modern Middle East’, which is presented by Nash’s friend Gemma Neary, reports on everything from escalating protests and diplomatic blockades, to the discovery of ancient artefacts in Egypt.
The first series aired weekly on Channel 31 in 2017, with an average of 10,000-40,000 viewers an episode.
Season 2 is scheduled to broadcast Australia-wide on Foxtel’s Aurora channel on 6.30pm Thursday nights, from 12 July to 27 September.
The second season intends to increase the production scale and further engage audiences, through in-depth analysis and guest interviews.
Nash said the project has evolved organically and was created simply through pursuing his own interests.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in politics and world affairs. But I’ve also been involved in theatre in various roles, including writing, set-design and performing,” he said.
“It felt like a natural fit. The show highlights news, offers editorial slots and a chance to interview people on many relevant topics, such as religion, resource politics and power-plays.”
Nash said the show was important, because he wants to impart knowledge and inspire younger generations.
In an effort to further the show, the team have set up a crowd-funding campaign.
The funds will go towards three of the production’s most significant expenses: studio hire, catering for the crew and broadcast fees.
To contribute, visit www.australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/the-modern-middle-east/.
Dandenong Ranges Music Council (DRMC) has announced an exciting program for 2018, with some major community music projects in the works.
Ensembles are expected to resume in early February, with the feature music projects aimed at community wellbeing and wider education.
DRMC member Ray Yates said there was an air of excitement over 2018.
“The DRMC is looking forward to a fantastic year of music-making, with new projects such as ‘Forgotten Heroes’ and ‘The Dutchies of the Dandenongs’,” he said.
“All the orchestras, bands and choirs have begun rehearsals and are gearing up for a great year of music-making for all ages and abilities.”
Among the bigger projects includes ‘Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam Veterans’, which aims to engage Vietnam Veterans and their families.
Planned activities will explore and assist with the wellbeing and validation of the veterans’ experiences, and culminates in an event showcasing the music of the era and a new song expressing thoughts and feelings of present-day vets.
The DRMC is asking for assistance to locate veterans and their families.
Enquiries to Cath Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the DRMC will be holding ‘Penny Drive’, a project that combines history and music to tell the story of the fundraising campaign by Victorian children after World War I.
The campaign helped to build a school at Villers-Bretonneux in France.
The DRMC will also work with the Dutch community in the project, ‘Dutchies of the Dandenongs’.
The project aims to tell stories through music about the journey after World War II, with settlements aplenty in the Dandenong Ranges.
Community members of Dutch decent can register their interest to play a part.
Email email@example.com or contact (03) 9754 6566.
For more information, contact the DRMC on (03) 9754 6566.
More details at www.drmc.org.au.
The Yarra Valley is renowned for its great food, wine, music and art … why not its great conversation?
The inaugural Art of Speech Community Festival from 13 to 15 April at The Memo in the heart of Healesville is a packed three days of events aimed at opening up that conversation to all ages.
Hosted by Healesville Toastmasters Club the festival will highlight the opportunity, excitement and fun to be had by embracing the spoken word.
Starting on Friday the 13th with Spooky Story Night, the festival will kick off with a ghoulishly good time. Who doesn’t love a creepy crawly story told by professional storytellers? Dress the part for the chance to win a prize!
Following on is writer and performer Simon Oates’ theatrical performance of “Orpheus in the Underworld”, a contemporary telling of an ancient tale through original songs and narrative. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday a rolling program of events will fill The Memo with workshops, storytelling, games, artists’ talks, a community debate, a Toastmasters demonstration meeting, inspirational speeches, performance poetry, and more.
Highlights include the Storytelling Cave, the Games Room which will showcase modern gaming at its finest with demonstrations and plenty of opportunity to get involved, hear some of Yarra Ranges most articulate, and witty, young people speak out as part of the Junior Speakers segment, while ‘A Strange Business’, an official Melbourne Comedy Festival Event, brings together a wacky degustation meal and an hilarious take on some very questionable occupations!
Heard the expression “get off your soap box”. Well, here’s a chance to get right back on that soap box and give voice to something serious, something funny, or just to share a thought or two!
Exit Theatre will perform ‘Springer’, a monodrama in which the writing brutally highlights the paradox of a simple, naïve man, whose fierceness and strength underlay his success, yet who was indefensible to all that was morally vacuous around him. Performed by Kristof Kaczmarek it is powerful word-theatre.
Workshops include a Women’s Empowerment Workshop, Artful Governance Workshop and the Zines workshop by artist and Toastmaster Bernadette Towan.
Creating Zines is a hands-on approach, suitable for all ages, to finding the unique voice and sharing a story or message in a non-verbal way.
Check out the full program, including a great selection of free events, $5 workshops and other ticketed performances at www.theartofspeechcommunityfestival.org .
David Strassman is set to unpack some much-loved characters and a brand new show for local audiences.
The hugely popular ventriloquist and comedian will soon jet out from his US home for a series of Victorian shows, including a stop-in at the Memo in Healesville on Wednesday 28 February.
He will deliver his new show, ‘iTedE’, with a little help from his friends Ted E. Bear, Chuck Wood, Kevin the Alien, Grandpa Fred and Sid Beaverman.
Strassman told the ‘Mail’ his new show, complete with a stunning production and special effects, will focus on modern society’s fixation with technology.
“Everyone is either watching television or is on an iPhone these days. It doesn’t matter whether we are children or adults, we’ve all got our heads in the screens,” he said.
“It’s not a political show, but I’m holding up a mirror to society while providing a few laughs.”
Strassman, who performed in Healesville back in 2013, said he loves nothing more than to reacquaint himself with Australian culture.
“I particularly love regional Victoria and I’ve toured extensively throughout before. It’s something about the culture, the pioneering spirit; I can’t quite explain,” he said.
“When someone says ‘mate’ to you, you know you’re their mate. You care for each other. There is a barbecue in every park and a sausage sizzle at every Bunnings store.
“I was at Port Arthur around when the massacre took place and you Aussies took away all the guns. In the US, we’ve already had 10 school shootings this year. You look out for each other.”
Strassman is not only popular in Australia and New Zealand; he has performed in London’s West End, New York’s Off Broadway and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Yet, he equally enjoys drawing laughs from a theatre in outback Australia, without all the tech and wizardry.
At the heart of his shows are the unique voices of so many characters, which have developed identifiable personalities.
“I have introduced new puppets over the years; they tend to take a while to flesh out before they take on a character of their own,” he said.
“But they each have their own back story, much like characters in a film. So they each have their own hopes, fears, neuroses and foibles.”
Strassman said he couldn’t wait to meet and entertain Healesville audiences.
“I started out in comedy clubs in New York where a laugh is expected every 10 seconds or so and that’s what the show brings,” he said.
“I have an amazing production team, which allows me to perform the show anywhere, from major city venues to regional Victoria.”
More details at www.davidstrassman.com or www.ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Venues/The_Memo_Healesville.
Director Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Trilogy’ is the brilliant offering of the Yarra Ranges Film Society’s 4th annual Healesville Mini Film Festival.
The festival, which has established a reputation in a very short time for providing a quality day of film indulgence, will be held on Sunday, 4 February, at The Memo in Healesville.
The three films starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are made nine years apart; ‘Before Sunrise’ in 1995, ‘Before Sunset’ in 2004 and ‘Before Midnight’ in 2013.
Linklater made an art of films set over the period of just one day and has employed the technique in the ‘Before Trilogy’, incorporating time lapse by shooting the films nine years apart using the same leading actors.
Yarra Ranges Film Society president Keith Wade said it was an exciting trilogy that perfectly suited the festival’s model of bringing significant and connected films by a single director to the screen, including in the past films by directors Ralph De Heer and Iranian director Asghar Farhardi.
In the ‘Before Trilogy’ Linklater’s celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship at various stages over nearly two decades, as Hawke as Jesse, and Delpy as Celine, age along with the characters they are playing.
Mr Wade said the opportunity the festival offers to see all three films on the one day adds a fascinating dimension to experiencing films that are a cornerstone of Linklater’s career-long exploration of cinematic time.
The films show the emotions between the characters as their relationship matures.
“Seeing these three films on the one day is a rare chance to absorb from the films the full impact of how human relationships can develop with age.
“Each film leaves you in suspense,” he said.
One of Australia’s most respected film critics, Jake Wilson, will introduce each film and stay on for what has become a popular aspect of the festival, a Q&A session at the end of the day.
The films screen at 9.45am, 1.10pm and 3.10pm with a one-and-a-half hour lunch break to allow film-goers to stretch their legs, speculate on what happens next with Jesse and Celine, and enjoy some of Healesville’s fantastic eateries.
Mr Wade thanked both the Yarra Ranges Council and Healesville Bendigo Bank for their on-going support of the festival.
Tickets will be available on the day, but with the growing popularity of the festival, and to ensure a ticket to every session, Mr Wade recommends booking online at www.culturetracks.info, or purchasing tickets ahead of the festival from The Memo in Healesville or The Arts Centre at Warburton.