Successful silo cinema screening

Russell Crowe's award winning Australian film The Water Diviner was projected onto the Quambatook Silos for a special screening honouring the Anzacs.

Russell Crowe's award winning Australian film The Water Diviner was projected onto the Quambatook Silos for a special screening honouring the Anzacs.

It was another successful event for the Quambatook Silo Cinema when 100 people rocked up to the special Anzac screening of The Water Diviner last Saturday night.

Armed with camp chairs, picnic blankets and sleeping bags, people were ready for a lovely, but slightly chilly night of entertainment under the Mallee stars.

Event organiser Laura O’Dwyer said visitors travelled from far and wide for the event.

“We had people from all over Victoria and NSW come along, including Wagga Wagga, Echuca, Ballarat, Geelong and a few even from Melbourne,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“For a colder night, it was definitely a successful screening.”

Projected straight onto the side of the old concrete Quambatook silos, the screenings have boosted the town’s economy and status.

“We’ll keep going with the screenings, people seem to really enjoy them,” she said.

“Economy-wise, the town has greatly benefited from the screenings.

“The Quambatook Hotel served more than 50 meals last Saturday night, which was a lot busier than usual, and the caravan park was almost booked out.”

Brazilian exchange student Sofia Salles joined her host family Jan and Rob Sonogan from Castle Donington at the Quambatook Silo Cinema on Saturday night.

Brazilian exchange student Sofia Salles joined her host family Jan and Rob Sonogan from Castle Donington at the Quambatook Silo Cinema on Saturday night.

The screening even had star power approval when the film’s director Russell Crowe posted about the event on Twitter, adding “so cool” to his tweet.

“It has been a bit of a challenge to get the attention of the people who made the film,” she said.

“Last time we showed The Dressmaker we had the director, writer and producer all post about the event.”

The next Quambatook Silo Cinema screening will be held in mid-October.

Ms O’Dwyer said she couldn’t reveal which film would be shown just yet but promised an entertaining night.

“We want to continue the tradition of showing an Australian film,” she said. “All I can say at this stage is that it will include some colourful frocks and a very special bus."

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