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.
About Sarah Brookes
Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.