Home is Where the Hall is
Films celebrating community
Actor John Wood, narrator of
‘Home is Where the Hall Is’
Last year the current Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, launched Home is Where the Hall Is, Open Channel’s first regional initiative with Regional Arts Victoria in the town of Nathalia.
With support from Film Victoria, Open Channel worked with locals to create an 8-part mini-doc series that pays tribute to the local halls in Regional Victoria and the importance they play within the community.
The series was inspired by Regional Arts Victoria’s Home Is Where the Hall isprogram which was designed to re-invigorate activities in community and town halls across the state. To celebrate the significance of their local halls, a range of events were held by the participating communities.
Narrated by acclaimed actor – John Wood (Blue Heelers, Offspring, Underbelly) the series was filmed by recent Open Channel graduates and emerging regional screen practitioners. Open Channel is currently in discussion with a number of interested parties to broadcast the series.
Open Channel Executive Director, Jennie Hughes, was excited by the opportunity to work with the regional community on this initiative. “The wonderful stories that the filmmakers captured provide us with a real sense of community that is Regional Victoria. We’re also excited that this is the first of our partnerships with Regional Arts Victoria, we hope it will be the first of many”.
Lindy Allen, Former Director Regional Arts Victoria says the project was a highlight of the year for everyone involved, “The filmmakers involved did a beautiful job in capturing the many touching moments during the first year of this program and we will all enjoy their work for many years to come.”