Film to premiere 30 years late

Around 30 years ago Lismore councillors were so shocked at the content of a film they had commissioned to promote the area that they banned it.

The councillors resolved that A Place in the Sun, made by North Country Flix, should never be shown.

North Country Flix spokesman, Paul Joseph, said the reason given for the ban was that the film had too much hippy content.

We believe we acted professionally and showed a balanced view of the local culture and interesting qualities that Lismore and the region, known then as Summerland, had to offer, Mr Joseph said. This included segments on the Lismore Cup, Septemberfest, the Chamber of Commerce, the farming industry and also, controversially, the early Channon market and the Terania Forest.

The film was made the year before the Terania Creek blockade helped save the forest.

At the time, the new settlers or hippy invaders were directly challenging the local conservative status quo and it was a time of great change in the region.

Now the film can be seen as visionary, with rainforest as the biggest attraction in what has become the Rainbow Region, Mr Joseph said.

When Council adopted the rainbow region identity, Mr Joseph asked a number of times for the film to be released, but nobody could find it.

When Cr Jenny Dowell herd the story last year, she managed to track the film down, safe in the archives of the Richmond River Historical Society.

Now it will have its world premiere at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore, 7.30pm on Friday March 16.

The gala event will include other historical short films from the region, and ticket sales will benefit the Richmond River Historical Society.

Bookings can be made at Lismore City Hall or call 6622 0300.

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