In an age where multi-billion dollar movies are becoming the norm, the South Coast community is setting a new standard by flocking to independent and locally made films.
Last Monday the documentary Alexandra Seddon - Being Change launched at the Picture Show Man with more than 260 people filling both cinemas, raising close to $6000 for Potoroo Palace.
Following the premiere the film was then screened to a further 220 patrons at the four matinee sessions throughout the week.
Due to the great response the cinema will run the film for another week with 5.05pm sessions from Thursday November 17, until Wednesday November 23.
Picture Show Man manager Denis Parkes said the cinema has been happy to get behind the film.
“We are happy to be able to support Alexandra Seddon and her exceptional contribution to our community and the environment,” Mr Parkes said.
“We are delighted to be screening this documentary, and the public response it is receiving.”
The film’s publicist and co-producer Bettina Richter said the response to Being Change and other local films is a wonderful testament to the burgeoning local film industry.
“I think the interest in the film, and the recent success of local films like Life Class and Understorey, shows there’s a real interest from the community in seeing our local stories told on the big screen,” Ms Richter said.
“I think the film resonates with people because it not only tells the story of one of our region’s unsung heroes, but also inspires us to do more, and be more for our community, demonstrating that one person can really make a difference.”
Alexandra Seddon is hoping that Being Change will help Potoroo Palace become financially sustainable.
“Potoroo Palace runs at a loss of $750 per day. All of my income goes to Potoroo Palace, but it is not enough to cover that loss,” Ms Seddon said.
Ms Seddon hopes Being Change will help raise the profile of her work and legacy, secure more donations, and inspire others.