Festival to shine through winter gloom

26/Mar/2013

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Rebecca Anderson, Suzanne Worner and Stephanie Elson. Photographer: Marcus Whisson Rebecca Anderson, Suzanne Worner and Stephanie Elson. Photographer: Marcus Whisson

LEEDERVILLE will get a winter boost this year when the Revelation Perth International Film Festival returns to Luna in July.

Mt Hawthorn residents Suzanne Worner and Rebecca Anderson, with North Perth resident Stephanie Elson are co-ordinating the festival, which will feature more than 100 feature and short films.

Mrs Worner said the festival creator Peter Collins’ decision to move the venue from the Astor in Mt Lawley to Leederville was made to bring a broader audience to the event.

“It’s not just for hipsters. There will be something that appeals to everyone and I think that was part of the reasoning behind bringing the festival to Leederville because there is not one set group of people who come to the area; its families, singles, there are bars, nightclubs and family restaurants,” she said.

Ms Anderson said the program would include artist performances to help create a festival environment.

“We’ve got in excess of 10,000 people coming to the festival over the duration and we don’t want them just coming to the movie and leaving, we want them to benefit the whole community,” she said.

“The business community in Leederville is really driven and they want things to succeed in the area, they want to drive business, especially in July in the middle of winter.”

The festival program is being finalised, with entries open until April 5, but Mrs Worner said she expected documentaries to feature heavily in the program.

“The WA Screen Awards will be a part of the festival for the first time as well,” she said. “That is really exciting and such a logical fit.”

The trio joined forces to help co-ordinate the festival through their children, who all go to North Perth Primary School.

“So many professional women with children who try to go back into the workplace find it very difficult,” Mrs Worner said.

“It is great that we have been able to work together on this, each bringing our own talents.”

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