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The sixth SEFF was held at Swanpool Cinema on Saturday 16th June 2018 and we were pleased to have a full house.

The film line up for this year was - 'Living in the Future's Past', 'Living the Change' and 'Paper Trail'.  Jordan Osmond who co-directed 'Living the Change' introduced his film and took questions afterwards.

Dr Samuel Alexander and Dr Charles Massy were our Guest Speakers and their talks were really inspiring.

In the evening a discussion panel was facilitated by Prof Kate Auty, a good friend of the SEFF.  Dr Ian Herbert, Shirley Saywell and Bertram Lobert reviewed the 'State of the Nation' including the local Strathbogie Forest logging.

Catering was once again supplied by the fabulous Swanpool Catering Team.  The event is run by Swanpool Landcare and Benalla Sustainable Future Group.  Thanks to our sponsors - GBCMA, Granite Creeks Landcare Network, Benalla Permaculture, BRCC and the Gecko CLaN.

See the attached event summary for full details.

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New Year 2016 Greetings

New Year 2016 Greetings

Sunday 10th January 2016

New Year’s Eve was another fun-filled night of celebration. Kevin oiled up the 16 mm projector and it ran faultlessly to show us ‘Hollywood: The Golden Years’ (b&w pre-talking films). A couple of the best short films from the Made in Melbourne Film Festival that we ran back in August were screened again. ‘The King and I’ was the main feature and was very well received. The audience really appreciated the spectacle on the wide screen and the quality of the music.

Prior to the show we had Tom Yates playing the cinema organ which he recently donated to us, then again during the intermission. Graeme Budd, our SC President, thanked Tom and our volunteers and reflected briefly on past community efforts. A sumptuous supper and drinks after the films took us through and past midnight.

On New Year’s Day we began the first of five screenings of ‘The Dressmaker’ with ‘The Water Diviner’ as the second feature in the evening. Record numbers attended over the week setting us off to a very good start for the new calendar year. Thank you for your support, particularly those of you who brought along friends and introduced them to Swanpool Cinema and its offerings.

A Good Start to November

A Good Start to November

Monday 9th November 2015

What a great weekend we had on 6th/7th/8th November.

We had five screenings of ‘Last Cab to Darwin’ altogether. They commenced on Friday morning when we welcomed a full bus load of our friends from Murrindindi back again. On Friday night we were over-booked for our Food & Film night, with over 60 happy customers enjoying the Swanpool Catering Group delicious two-course offerings. The Saturday and Sunday night double features and the Sunday afternoon matinee all drew good crowds.

On Friday night and Sunday afternoon we also screened a short film ‘Manifest’ in which a local, Hayley Warnock, played a large production role with three fellow students from Deakin. With Hayley behind the camera, much of the film was shot locally. Hayley wrote the initial script and we think it is now time she thought about writing the sequel. Was Fletcher really to blame? Congratulations Hayley (seen in the photo, at the world launch at Swanpool, ahead of the Melbourne Astor).

In the background you can see our newly acquired Hammond cinema organ. Many thanks to Tom Yates, formerly of Lima South, for his very generous donation. It looks and sounds fantastic.

To complete the weekend we had ‘Love and Mercy’ as the second feature film on Saturday and Sunday nights. It’s the story of Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys and his very troubled life. The sound quality was excellent and Good Vibrations just keep on a happening.

Made in Melbourne Film Festival

Made in Melbourne Film Festival

Monday 24th August 2015

We started the new season off a week earlier than usual, by hosting the ‘Made in Melbourne Film Festival’ at Swanpool Cinema. Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne, who run the MIM, came up for the weekend to present the show with us and to enjoy some country hospitality amongst our beautiful surrounds.

There were ten short films on the programme, five each side of intermission. Every one of these specially selected films was delightful, including the three animations. What talent we have in our very own State! That includes Sarah Jayne herself as one of the films, ‘Dusk’, was directed by her. We wish her all the best with her current production ‘Daughter’ and hope to screen it too at Swanpool Cinema.

After the show a group photo of some of the staff volunteers with Ivan and Sarah was taken.  From left to right that’s Lia (programming), Pam (Candy Bar), Ian (publicity and presentation), Ivan & Sarah, Kevin & Shirley (Swanpool Cinema founders), Sjoerd (volunteer roster), Deb (programming), Marilyn (choc tops), Nick (chief handyman) and Peter (chief film tech and projectionist).  Thanks to everyone who attended the event.

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Now you can have a picnic in the park adjoining the cinema prior to a film screening. The new ‘Swan Pavilion’ is available for use and four sets of tables and benches have been installed in the pavilion and under the trees. The electric barbeques are in operation. Work on landscaping will continue in the park over the winter months.

Thanks to our local artisan Shaun Murphy for creating the ‘Swan Pavilion’ and the sets of tables and benches. They are real works of art, right down to the swans’ feet on the benches. Shaun is also one of our cinema volunteers and one of our regular projectionists.

If you’d like a family celebration with a difference why not organise your own picnic followed by a film of your choice? We can help with most catering needs and to personalise the event. Just contact us via this website.

Off to the Movies to see Paper Planes

Off to the Movies to see Paper Planes

Monday 16th March 2015

This image appeared as a back-drop for the ABC weather report last week. Our thanks to Keith O'Brien Photography, Benalla, for successfully submitting the photo 'Off to watch the movie Paper Planes at Swanpool'.  The hall looks good too, with its fresh coat of lime render.  What a great weekend that was!  We were happy to see the children, young and older, designing and launching their own paper planes during intermission.

Happy New Year to all Cinema Patrons

Happy New Year to all Cinema Patrons

Friday 9th January 2015

What a great night we had to finish 2014 and welcome in 2015!  It's so good to be able to celebrate this special night with good friends and to enjoy an excellent film together.  "My Fair Lady' was screened as a 35 mm print and made the distance without a breakage.  (Thanks to the guys up in the biobox).

After the screening most people managed to squeeze into the supper room and share in the supper and a celebratory beverage.  Our thanks to Brown Brothers for their donation of a dozen of their excellent Proseco.  Thanks too to all our volunteers for their service not just on the night but throughout 2014.

Very best wishes to everyone for 2015.

Swanpool Cinema Bale Art

Swanpool Cinema Bale Art

Sunday 26th October

Thanks to Pedro Schroder of Swanpool Store fame for creating this Bale Art contribution as part of the Benalla Festival. Thanks also to Mat for helping with the construction. Mike Larkin from Tatong, one of our long term volunteers, recreated the Marilyn image on canvas.  Better seats inside though!


Swanpool Cinema Wins Business Excellence Award

Saturday 11th October

The annual Benalla Business Network 'Business Excellence Awards' were presented on Friday 10th October at the Town Hall in Benalla at a large Gala Dinner. There were eleven major awards to be given out. Swanpool Cinema was very pleased to win the ‘Arts & Culture Industry Award’, the finalists being ourselves, the Bald Archy Exhibition 2013 and the Benalla Migrant Camp Exhibition.

The award ‘recognises the contribution the arts industry makes to the community, retail sectors and tourism. Open to all arts based businesses in the Benalla district including galleries, retail, performing arts, arts organisations and arts events’. Following our nomination (who?) we submitted a written submission and then were interviewed by independent judges, volunteered by Benalla Rotary and sitting around the table in the supper room.

We were very pleased to receive this award from its sponsor Winton Wetlands. Winton Wetlands shares our values and has been a supporter of the Swanpool Environmental Film Festival for the past two years.

Congratulations also to the Bald Archy Exhibition 2013 which took out not one but two awards on the night in the Tourism and Marketing Excellence categories. Well done Swanpool!

Swanpool Cinema 2014 AGM held

Wednesday 8th October 2014

Members gathered at the Swanpool & District Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7th October to attend the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Outgoing President Ian Herbert was pleased to report a successful 2013/2014 fiscal year with attendances up, excellent films in the regular programme and a very diverse range of special events. He thanked all our volunteers, with special thanks to the core group of volunteers who work behind the scenes week in and week out to make it all happen. Many upgrades to equipment and facilities took place during the year. Treasurer David Beer reported on the finances, the Cinema operating profitably and well able to contribute its designated share to the ongoing Swanpool Hall 'Putting Locals First' project.

The Election of Office Bearers saw Graeme Budd being elected President and Ian Herbert Vice-President. Sjoerd Bakker and David Beer remain Secretary and Treasurer respectively and six other previously serving members were re-elected to the committee.

Following the formalities, members present had the opportunity to freely exchange ideas and ask questions, more social discussion then taking place over supper.  We now look forward to an equally successful 2014/2015 season.

New Website for Swanpool Cinema!

Friday 29th August 2014

We're really pleased to bring this new website to you.  We hope you find it easy to find out what's screening and to read our latest news.

Our grateful thanks to Karl Phillipson from CodeGarden for coming up with such an inspired creation.  Karl's business is based in Benalla and it has been a delight to work with him.  You can view his own website at and we are pleased to recommend him for all your website needs.

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