Three Summers: Ben Elton says he wanted to leave a legacy in Peel region

Three Summers: Ben Elton says he wanted to leave a legacy in Peel region

ACTOR, comedian and director Ben Elton did not want to simply shoot a film in the Peel region, he wanted to leave behind a legacy.

One of the plans for the recent filming of Three Summers at Fairbridge was to engage local young people not only in production through traineeships but also through a regional presentation on the film industry and a chance to be involved in a Q and A session.

More than 200 young people attended the presentation with Australian actors Michael Caton and Kelton Pell and West Australian young actor Joseph Pedley.

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Mandurah Baptist College principal Tracy Holmes said the school was grateful to the cast and producers who gave their time to invest in her students.

“Their message of passion and dedication to their craft, determination and hard work and in enjoying what they do were valuable insights for those hoping to work in the industry in the future.”

Extras coordinator Diana Oliver and executive producer Mark Anderson worked with regional high schools involving more than 1000 people.

Producer Michael Wrenn was pleased with the interest from the Peel Region’s young people.

“It is so great to see the enthusiasm for the film industry and the questions were very insightful,’’ he said.

He said the young people were excited about the release of Three Summers in cinemas nationally next year and inviting their families to see if they could catch a glimpse of their “starring” role as an extra.