Famed actor lauds festival

Friday, 25th January, 2013

Summer Vibes’ organisers Jason King and Travis Nadge with actor Tony Bonner and Film BH Project Coordinator, Lyndall Roberts, at the BH Film Studio. Summer Vibes’ organisers Jason King and Travis Nadge with actor Tony Bonner and Film BH Project Coordinator, Lyndall Roberts, at the BH Film Studio.

By Emily Roberts

Australian television, film and stage actor Tony Bonner has arrived in the city for the grand finale of the inaugural Summer Vibes Film Festival this weekend.

The veteran actor, famous for his roles in 'The Man From Snowy River" and the 1960s world-wide TV favourite, 'Skippy', among many other, is not here just as a guest - he'll be hard at work for the festival which he praised yesterday.

"I am ecstatic and delighted to see Broken Hill try and create this film festival event," Mr Bonner said.

"It is a festival for Broken Hill. It joins the community in events.

Hopefully, it bleeds into NSW and Australia," he said.

"One hopes it will slowly build and create a following which might lead into music and photography festivals."

Mr Bonner said it was great to see events like these that brings people together.

"When it is a joint venture, these projects need the broader community all pulling together," he said.

Mr Bonner said he will be "doing a plethora of things while in Broken Hill.

"I will be speaking at a couple of dinners, attending two film screenings, Question and Answer events. I will also be speaking on Sunday and seeing
young local actors. I will speak about hopes, dreams and realities.

Tomorrow he will go to Cockburn for the screening of his film Liquid Bridge and on Sunday night will see in the Summer Vibes Finale.

Yesterday, Mr Bonner visited the Film studio in Eyre Street, which he described as "outstanding."

"It is amazing to see the facility and know where it's come from," he said, Summer Vibe's committee chairman, Jason King, said while the festival was in its infancy, to receive such high profile support was wonderful and showed that there was continuing interest in Broken Hill's creative industry.

"Tony Bonner has been so supportive right from the start, and having him in town is a great opportunity to share his experience, his visions and dreams for the future of the Australian film industry," Mr King said.

Tony's work on Skippy in the 1960s him an Australian icon.

He also acted in The Anzacs, The Man From Snowy River, The Light Horseman, Power Without Glory, Cop Shop, Skyways, Home and Away and Neighbours.

He regularly teaches classes in film, television and theatre and has conducted classes in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and LA, and at the Australian
Stunt Academy.

Mr King urged people to come along to the grand finale of the Summer Vibes 2012- 2013 season and he thanked everyone who was involved in making the event work.

"This is a great chance to come down and support film and community in Broken Hill," said Mr King.

"Thanks to all those individuals, sponsors and community groups who have contributed this year."

The last event will be the inaugural Big Aussie barbecue in Patton Park on Sunday which features live music and market stalls, a barbecue, a merry go round and jumpy castle for the kids, starting at 6pm.

It will be followed by a screening of some local ABC Open content, a short film and the classic Aussie film, The Castle, at dusk.