The Peel Region will be showcased at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival with Ben Elton’s Three Summers making its international debut this month.
Three Summers, winner of the 2018 Cannes Senior Cinephiles award, is the first feature film ever shot in the Peel Region, with filming proudly supported by Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO), and other local organisations.
The film is set in the historic Fairbridge Village, a 100-year-old heritage listed site near Pinjarra, and will offer film goers a taste of this beautiful part of Western Australia.
MAPTO CEO, Karen Priest, said the film captured the feel and personality of the region and she was thrilled to see Three Summers making its international debut in Edinburgh.
“MAPTO provided funding support for the film’s production and reached an agreement with the producers to make sure significant awareness of the Peel Region was achieved through the promotion and release of Three Summers,” Ms Priest said.
“We’ve been monitoring the film’s publicity and social media mentions since it was first screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year and have noticed a jump in mentions and awareness of our region, particularly Pinjarra and the Fairbridge Festival.
“MAPTO is working with Tourism WA and the film’s producers to make sure people seeing Three Summers at the Edinburgh festival know where this alluring part of Australia is and how to book a holiday here.”
Thanks to MAPTO and Tourism WA’s UK office, Ben Elton will talk to UK broadcasters and newspapers at the end of this month about Pinjarra and Fairbridge Village as part of the promotion of the film at the festival.
Following the media interviews, Mr Elton will host a private screening of Three Summers in London, to which Tourism WA has invited a mix of tourism stakeholders, media and senior TV production and TV development contacts to further promote WA and the Peel Region as a filming and holiday destination.
Three Summers is Ben Elton’s first foray into film writing and directing in 17 years. It is a very funny story of love and music that follows the same people attending an annual music festival over three years.