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1970s Perth: the Parkerville Amphitheatre hosts a dazzling array of events until debt, council woes and tragedy ends the dream.
1970s Perth: the Parkerville Amphitheatre hosts a dazzling array of events until debt, council woes and tragedy ends the dream.
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For two years we've lived and breathed, begged and borrowed, cajoled and coerced, researched, interviewed, filmed, edited and re-edited our independent feature-length documentary. 

We're so close to completion but have come as far as we can on our own, and need your help to get us over the finish line.

We've turned to Kickstarter to help us fund raise for two key things:

1. To pay for a professional sound mix, and

2. To purchase the rights to use crucial ABC archive taken of the amphitheatre in the early 1970s - the only footage we have been able to find!

Our documentary in a nutshell:

Discover the untold story of this remarkable privately owned bush amphitheatre built by hand into the hills above Perth by the Jones family and volunteer prison labour.   John Joseph Jones bound his destiny (and that of his family) to keeping the dream alive at whatever cost.

In turn a bizarre and enchanting snapshot of Perth’s arts scene in the 60s and 70s, it is the story of a remarkable man, his remarkable vision, and a social and cultural legacy that has not yet been fully acknowledged.

Our documentary in a bit more detail:

Throughout the 1970s, the now all-but-forgotten Parkerville Amphitheatre hosted a dazzling array of arts and cultural events: from one of the first Aboriginal corroborees ever performed for white people in Western Australia, ground-breaking and original plays, Maoist poetry readings, WA's first wine festival, classical concerts, and – most controversially – a series of massive outdoor pop and rock festivals featuring a who’s who of emerging Australian bands – including a young Johnny Farnham and soon-to-be mega group Cold Chisel - attracting crowds of up to six thousand!!

Crowds of revellers around the lake
Crowds of revellers around the lake

By the 1980s a combination of debt, tragedy and council woes had all but ended John Joseph Jones’ dream,and the amphitheater was slowly reclaimed by the bush. 

This is the surreal story of one of Perth's forgotten icons:  The Parkerville Amphitheatre.

Risks and challenges

Although we hope to pitch our completed documentary to the ABC for their arts documentary stream, if we are unsuccessful we plan to target independent film and doco festivals in Australia and around the world.

We hope that nothing will delay our ability to finally screen our film to contributors and interested parties, but understand that there could be unforeseen delays due to our own relative inexperience as independent producers.

We will do whatever we can to bring this to completion and make the Jones family - our main contributors - proud of our film and their enduring legacy.

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