The Sunshine Coast is Destiny Rescue stomping ground plus both Jason and I have lived here so the hopes — as it was with our Premiere a few weeks ago — was that we would be coming “home” to Queensland and thus more support in terms of attendance. Truth be told, by the end of this night’s screening, we realised that many of the people who had attended were a result of having seen it through a variety of means of promotion for the film and not as many who already knew us. This was encouraging as it meant people felt compelled by the subject matter. It also means that our radio interview, newspaper article, social media, advertising through local businesses and the community was successful and is a powerful way to get the word out, something that we desperately wanted to do but didn’t have the time for our earlier shows. It also makes me wonder if we had done the Queensland screenings first, would there have been the trickle-down effect to the other national screenings or if that actually has been the case leading up to now?
Anyway, enough business-talk. The night was excellent in every way and helped buoy our enthusiasm for touring the film as we have been. Actually, the Central Coast screenings started these positive feelings that support is growing as we not only had good turnouts and excellent conversations with folks there but the gracious help we received from the locals as well.
For this screening, we were at the biggest cinema complex on the Sunshine Coast which was a rather exciting thing for us filmmakers! To be in a venue that you’ve always equated with big-budget Hollywood or international films, seeing the vast array of theatres, the popcorn machines and video billboard advertising was invigorating. This could easily be daunting but we know we have a good film and it honestly felt like we belonged there, which is a very special feeling. We were in a 250-seat theatre and the biggest screen to date. I was pleased when the film began playing to see that it stood up alright on the big screen and sounded good too; it hasn’t ceased to amaze me that my little Canon dSLR camera has managed to make this film look good on a movie theatre screen! I think I might just have to contact Canon about this (note to self)…! This is something that wouldn’t have been possible as little as 5 years ago…quite impressive.
It was great to see our great mate Katie Wallis back at the cinema and she said some important and impassioned words when Jason invited her to stage after the show. Along with her, my good friends and huge Street Dreams supporters Ricky and Liesl from Adelaide were in attendance as well as a number of Jason’s friends and support as well. All up, about 140 were there and it was great to see the cinema looking so full up. Because of the numbers, the Q&A could have been daunting for people shouting out questions, but a dozen or more queries meant we needed to cut things short and chat with people outside so the cinema could be cleaned for the next session.
I am currently writing this as about 80 people watch the show at Lifepointe church in Buderim, so another encouraging number of people seeing the film. We’re hearing more and more that the film has been highly recommended by a friend or family member to people attending screenings, so that’s exactly what we’re hoping to achieve. In attendance tonight we have the parents of the star of our film, Tony Kirwan, so we’re honored to have them here. I hope they are beaming with pride about their son!
Next up will be Brisbane again. If you have friends or family there, know someone in the media or any other helpful avenues we can attract more people to the screenings, please let them know.