Film inspired by the Coast’s holiday heritage

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Film inspired by the Coast’s holiday heritage


Susan Schmidt’s painting Green House is part of the Fibro Coast exhibition

19 June 2014

A free screening of the 1987 film The Place at the Coast, will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Sunday 22 June at 2pm.

Writer Jane Hyde will introduce the film, which is a screen adaptation by producer Hilary Furlong of Jane’s book of the same name.

In 1949, when Jane was four, her family began holidaying at Caloundra’s Dicky Beach in a fibro house that was designed by her late father, architect John Kershaw.

It was split level with a single sloping roof – novelties that would soon become coastal vernacular.

The impending loss to development of the surrounding landscape in the 1960s inspired Jane to write The Place at the Coast. The film, which starred the late John Hargreaves, is set in southern NSW at the village of South Durras.

The screening is the first event of a public program for the current exhibition, Fibro Coast, that was developed through a collaboration of Gold Coast City Art Gallery, independent curator John Waldron and the USC Gallery.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said this exhibition considered the changing landscapes and holiday heritage of the Gold and Sunshine coasts over the years through historical paintings, architectural information, photographs and contemporary artwork.

“The exhibition and public program gives visitors an opportunity to re-engage with the cultural, artistic, architectural and design legacy of the beach cottage,” she said.

“John Waldron has created a terrific public program that includes film screenings, talks, a forum by artists, architects and historians and a guided walk of Moffat Beach.”

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and will be open on Sunday 22 June for visitors to see the exhibition prior to the film.

The Fibro Coast exhibition will continue at the USC Gallery until 16 August.

 – Terry Walsh

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