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Sets, bugs, rock ‘n’ roll doco screens

By Sarah Brookes THE tragic and compelling story of a man committing decades of his life to building an elaborate bush amphitheatre in the Perth Hills, has been brought to the big screen in a newly released documentary. Sets, Bugs & Rock n Roll directors Susie Conte and Jenny Crabb said in the 1970s the Parkerville Amphitheatre hosted a dazzling array of events until debt, council woes and tragedy ended the dream. Ms Crabb said the amphitheatre was once a place where people went to see local bands and theatre and was now almost completely forgotten. With financial support from a Kickstarter campaign to produce the documentary, Ms Crabb said she was thrilled Sets, Bugs & Rock n Roll had been added to the line-up at the 2015 Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Ms Conte said the privately-owned bush amphitheatre was a bizarre and enchanting snapshot of Perth’s arts scene in the 60s and 70s. “John Joseph Jones bound his destiny and that of his family to keeping the dream alive at whatever cost,” she said. “It is a remarkable story of a man, his remarkable vision, and a social and cultural legacy that has not yet been fully acknowledged.” The documentary will screen at Revelation Film Festival on July 4 at Luna Leederville and on July 12 at Luna SX.

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  1. Great write-up, Sarah.

    Here’s a link for more info on the Parkerville Amphitheatre: a brief history 1966 – 2001, links for the documentary blurb & tickets, plus some myth busting. See http://www.parkerville-amphitheatre.com

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