Extra free screenings of Blue Mountains bushfire documentary

Following a strong response to the launch of a documentary film on the Blue Mountains 2013 bushfires, free screenings will again occur at The Hub in Springwood and the Fairmont Resort at Leura.

John Merson, Director of the Blue Mountains Word Heritage Institute, which produced the film, said the community response to the four launch viewings at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on August 25 was overwhelming.

Audience members at the Fire Stories screening at the Blue Mountains Theatre on August 25.

Audience members at the Fire Stories screening at the Blue Mountains Theatre on August 25.

“About 1000 people came along, and many wished they had brought a someone they knew,” he said.

The institute is conducting research on the impact of the film and is inviting people who plan to see the 56-minute Fire Stories – Living With Risk documentary to complete a survey online before they see the film, and another short survey after. 

“It is a wonderful film. It is very generous of those who lived through the catastrophic fires of 2013 to share their stories and their insights. Heading into spring this is a very timely chance to get out and put bushfire risk on the front burner, so to speak,” said Dr Merson.

“Our research helps us stay in tune with our community. We need to work together to build bushfire awareness and adapt our way of living to keep up with the increasing risk that we are witnessing. So completing the survey before they go and as well as after will be incredibly helpful.”

The screening at the Fairmont Resort at Leura will be at 7pm of Thursday, September 6. The screening as part of the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise Bushfire Building Conference and Community expo will be at Springwood Hub on Saturday, September 8 at 1.30pm.

To complete the surveys visit: www.firesurvey.com.au.

DVD copies of Fire Stories: Living with Risk and its predecessor Fire Stories: A Lesson in Time can be purchased for $20 (for both films) at The Turning Page Bookshop in Springwood, Megalong Books in Leura, Gleebooks in Blackheath and the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Katoomba.