Film on really big screen

SILOS have become a popular artistic outlet, with many now emblazoned with paintings.

Whilst Quambatook has embraced silo art, it has done so with a difference.

Locals and people from further afield will enjoy outdoor cinema on a grand scale at the latest Quambatook silo cinema screening on Saturday night.

This year's film continues a preference for featuring Australian movies, but instead of the classics of the past, a 2018 release will be on offer. 

The Merger will be screening on the side of the silo. It stars comedian Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany and John Howard.

Callinan, a multi-talented comedian who also wrote and co-produced the film, will attend the Quambatook screening. 

Locals will relate to the movie, featuring a struggling football club that reaches out to refugees to boost its playing stocks and field a team.

Quambatook Football Netball Club has thrown its support behind the cinematic spectacular. The club has been struggling for numbers, particularly at junior level, putting its existence under threat.

Silo cinema lead organiser, Laura O'Dwyer expects a number of refugees amongst the anticipated 300-400 strong audience.

Ms O'Dwyer would be delighted if any of them are encouraged to pull on a Quambatook jumper, particularly juniors.

But there is a lot more to the evening than football.

Giving rural people the opportunity to forget the day-to day-challenges, even just for a while, and spend time socialising is a crucial element of the event.

Gannawarra Shire Council obtained funding towards the evening through the Victorian Farmers Federation's Look Over the Farm Gate program.

"Look Over the Farm Gate is a mental health and well-being initiative that delivers grants for community events and mental health training," states the VFF.

Mental health workers and counsellors will be in attendance on Saturday night for anyone wishing to seek advice on services available in the community.

Buses will be running from Cohuna, Kerang and Swan Hill to the event.

The film starts at 8pm, with admission costing $10 for adults and $5 for students and pensioners.

Movie tickets are available online at and there is an option to reserve a spot on a return bus as part of a package deal, including transport and film.

Movie tickets can also be purchased at the gate on Saturday night.

Those attending are encouraged to dress in their football attire or national costume.

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