THE Peel region will be showcased at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival with Ben Elton’s Three Summers making its international debut this month.
Three Summers, winner of the 2018 Cannes Senior Cinephiles Award, is the first feature film ever shot in the Peel region.
The film is set in Fairbridge Village, the 100-year old heritage listed site near Pinjarra.
Mandurah and Peel Tourist Organisation (MAPTO) chief executive Karen Priest said the film captured the feel and personality of the region.
“MAPTO provided funding support for production and reached an agreement with the producers to make sure significant awareness of the Peel was achieved through the promotion and release of the film,’’ she said.
“We’ve been monitoring the film’s publicity and social media mentions since it was first screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year and have noticed a jump in mentions and awareness of the region, particularly Pinjarra and the Fairbridge Festival.
“MAPTO is working with Tourism WA and the film’s producers to make sure people seeing Three Summers at the Edinburgh Festival know where this alluring part of Australia and how to book a holiday here.”
Ben Elton will talk to UK broadcasters and newspapers about Pinjarra and the Fairbridge Festival at the end of this month.
He will also host a private screening in London to which Tourism WA has invited a mix of tourism stakeholders, media and senior TV production and development contacts to further promote WA and the Peel region as a filming and holiday destination.