Two Whyalla movie critics have scoped the Adelaide Film Festival and brought back two movies for the Whyalla Film Festival

Movie goers are in for a treat this month as the Middleback Arts Centre hosts our very own film festival.

Country Arts SA and its Middleback Arts Centre, in co-operation with the Adelaide Film Festival, has organised for the screening of two feature and two short films on November 18 as part of the Curate Your Own Festival initiative.

The Adelaide Film Festival invited two movie buffs from Whyalla for three days in October to pick out two movies for Whyalla’s festival. These two films, My Life as a Zucchini and Spookers will be shown along with local productions Area 53 by Michael Rostig and featuring members of the Whyalla D’faces youth art group and Walter by local film maker David Wade.

filmMichael Parsons and Jack Smith applied and were chosen to attend the Adelaide Film Festival as Whyalla’s film critics. From the nine movies they crammed in, Michael and Jack picked out My Life as a Zucchini and Spookers to complement the local productions at the Whyalla festival.

“We think these two films will do well with local residents,” Michael said.

“We saw My Life as a Zucchini on the last day and it really stood out as a good, family friendly film.

“Going into see Spookers, I didn’t realise it was going to be a documentary and it was really fascinating.”

City of Whyalla Arts and Cultural Facilitator Deb Hughes said it was a unique opportunity for Whyalla film goers.

“It will be nice to see some films other than the standard Hollywood productions,” Deb said.

“The chance to see some alternative cinema will be a great opportunity and hopefully on the back of this will be able to develop an ongoing relationship with the Adelaide Film Festival.

“We think it will be a really interesting night of movies for Whyalla.”

Middleback Arts Centre manager Ryan Sutherland was happy to see the centre being utilised for these unique films but also for the local productions.

“This festival will be a platform to showcase local film talent,” Ryan said.

“We’ve had film festivals before but not with this level of local content, it’s a great opportunity for film goers to come along and see something different and see what is being produced locally in our community.”

Tickets for the Whyalla Film Festival on Saturday November 18 are available on the Middleback Arts Centre website or at the cinema box office. There are two sessions with movie goers able to attend either one or both.

The festival will be a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Whyalla Support Group.

Pictured: Michael Parsons and Deb Hughes look forward to the Whyalla Film Festival.


Area 53 a short film produced by Michael Rostig about the D’faces production and Ailen invasion on Whyalla.

My Life as a Zucchini (PG) no, not another cooking show, but a stop-motion about a young orphan. Courgette has only a beer can by which to remember his mum, but he quickly finds other kids who has have had it just as bad. Together, they quietly find what is takes to survive when there is no on to love them.

SESSION 2 (M) -  8pm

Walter – a short film by local film maker Dave Wade. 1969. While travelling through an outback town, two peace-loving hippies accidentally run over a small dog belonging to a family of proud war veterans.

Spookers (M) Who wants to earn a living as an insane clown or zombie bride? Actors at the phenomenally successful Spookers horror theme park in Auckland, that’s who! In this documentary by Florian Habicht, we meet the people behind the make-up and discover what’s drawn them to such an unusual line of work.


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