Menshed hopes free flicks will be a hit

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the 2003 comedy film Danny Deckchair, or the 1994 comedy-drama The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Chapman Valley Menshed has got you covered with its first summer screenings of Australian movies.

Combining the words “shed” and “cinema”, the “Shinema” will include Aussie movies licensed from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Chapman Valley Menshed president Ralf Mulks said he hoped the initiative brought tourists to the region.

“We want to bring people in and do something for tourism in Chapman Valley this summer,” he said.

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“It’s a free community event.”

The Menshed, a team of 15, has previously held beach clean-ups, market day fundraisers and even converted a caravan into a smoothie van to promote healthier living.

The new Shinema project is supported by the Shire of Chapman Valley and expenses for visual and audio equipment have been covered by grants from the Department of Social Services and grain exporter CBH Group.

The screenings will be held every two weeks until the end of March and will feature a pre-show musical performance by a local entertainer.

Film Schedule:

January 27 at Coronation Beach from 6pm — Music: Leon Tioke. Movie: Reckless Kelly.

February 10 at Chapman Valley Menshed in Nabawa from 6pm — Music: Johnny David. Movie: They're a Weird Mob.

February 24 at Coronation Beach from 6pm — Music: Mick and Wendy. Movie: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

March 10 at Chapman Valley Menshed in Nabawa from 6pm — Music: Mulks and Deutekom. Movie: Danny Deckchair.

March 24 at Coronation Beach from 6pm — Music: Irish music. Movie: Bran Nue Dae.

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