Sunday, 31 October 2010

James Theatre Community Centre - Dungog

In the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, there is the geat little town of Dungog. Apart from the beautiful buildings from the late 1800s and the very tidy cottages that make up this picturesque Hunter Valley getaway, it is also the home to the Dungog Film Festival. It takes place over four days and some of the proceeds go towards preserving the James Theatre. It is held annually and is open to Australian filmmakers only. The festival is a non-competitive, four-day cultural event that showcasts exclusively the Australian movies from the past, present and future. The types of films showcased at the Dungog festival include feature films, short films, television pilots, short documentaries, feature documentaries, music videos and In The Raw script submission for television series, miniseries and feature films scripts. This theatre was first opened by James Stuart in 1913. Originally an open air theatre, it was roofed by 1914. In order to accommodate "talkie" movies and to provide a dance facility, Stuart commissioned major reconstruction works that commenced in 1930. It is the oldest purpose-built cinema still operating in Australia.