Jacaranda doco to screen in October

By EMMA CORNFORD

THE JACARANDA documentary made during last year's festival will be screened on SBS in early October.

Documentary director and producer, Lawrence Johnston, said he had finally returned to cutting together the Jacaranda Queens documentary after working on a number of other film projects since last year.

"I talked to the ABC about showing it but they had a full slate at the moment ... so we approached SBS with some rough cuts of the interviews we did and they loved it," he said.

"They really loved the fact it was a portrait of a rural town and the past Jacaranda Queens and not just a really old and outdated view of the festival."

The film was shot last year on a minimal budget from the Australian Film Commission and is set to look at past Jacaranda Queens and the festival, as well as Grafton.

Mr Johnston is now searching for any footage of past Jacaranda festivals to include in the film.

"Basically we're trying to find archival footage or home movies. We're asking for them now so that people won't see it and think 'oh I had some old video they could have used' when that's really what we're after," he said.

"Even anything old that is of the town generally would be great. We're hoping to get in contact with anyone as soon as possible."

Anyone with old Jacaranda footage can contact Mr Johnston on (03) 9527 3614 or 0400 240 599.



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