Catch a classic at The Royal Society of Victoria Building - 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne, where the Burke & Wills film starring Jack Thompson and Greta Scacchi will be screened on Friday 27 April 2018. Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. It's rated PG and runs for 2.5 hours with intermission. There'll be popcorn, mini muffins, tea, herb tea and coffee for purchase.
Seating is limited to 100 bookings, so get in early to support this worthy fundraiser for The Fred Hollows Foundation to continue their legacy, restoring sight. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 Children (5-17 years) & $25 Family (2 Adults and 2 Kids). Get them here.
Released in Oct 1985 and directed by Graeme Clifford, explorers Robert O'Hara Burke (Jack Thompson) and William John Wills (Nigel Havers) lead the first colonial expedition across the barren centre of the Australian continent. They forge an unlikely friendship in spite of their different personalities and brave the 2000 mile journey from Melbourne to the northern coast of Australia and back, under threat of diminishing supplies, dehydration and death. It's fitting that this epic film is being screened where the 1860 Burke & Wills Exploration Expedition originated and where they were brought awaiting their State Funeral, the first in Victoria in 1861.
Phil & Susan McDonald will be your hosts. Phil who is 72, will be walking the Burke & Wills route from Melbourne to Karumba (3200 kms), leaving on 6 May 2018 from Royal Park Melbourne, with wife Susan supporting him all the way to The Gulf of Carpentaria. They're raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation and this film event is a precursor to the trek. Hear about the trek from the man himself who has 2 Guinness Book of Records entries for riding a penny farthing around the coast of Australia 1988 and for riding the furthest distance (513kms) on a penny farthing.