Ben Elton’s feature film Three Summers continues to demonstrate the Peel region going from strength to strength.
The film, shot entirely in the Peel apart from a one-day shoot in Perth, is expanding avenues for the region’s economic growth according to Peel Development Commission chairman Paul Fitzpatrick.
“Ben Elton’s production has contributed $700,000 to the Peel economy, trained local young people through internships and employed locals who have now established themselves in the film industry,” he said
“The region is close to the international and national airport, we have the ocean, estuary, forest and scarp and many different landscapes both natural and built that are ideal for the film industry.
“Our aim is to now build on the success of Three Summers and the benefit of the production will continue once the film is released in mid to late 2017.”
Three Summers was shot at Fairbridge Village just north of Pinjarra, with over 1000 local people from throughout the region involved as extras on the production.
Over 100 production crew and actors lived in the region during the shoot with significant flow on economic benefits.
Fairbridge Village provided the catering for the production along with venues, offices and accommodation for the crew.
Three Summers location manager Mike Montague commended locals in the area for getting behind the film.
“The cooperation received from the Fairbridge team on the ground was exceptional and made our job a lot easier,” he said.
“The location, attitude and effort of Fairbridge was integral to the success of the shoot.”
The proactive work of the Peel Development Commission, Shire of Murray, Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation and the City of Mandurah along with local businesses and individuals helped to secure the project for the Peel region and make it a success.
Regional consultant for the film Mark Anderson said Peel had established itself as a film-friendly region.
Mr Anderson is now working closely with the Peel Development Commission and ScreenWest to attract further productions to the Peel region.