With the release of Jasper Jones on the 2nd March, the town of Pemberton is a buzz with the hype of being a 'movie town'.
The slow, painted journey of revisiting the 1960's, its youth, unknowing discrimination, pastel coloured vibrancy and innocence is done beautiful by Rachel Perkins and her crew...
However what I ask is look beyond the wonderful acting by the main actors and check out the cinematography.
This is what Pemberton still is today, a town where people stop their cars in the Main Street to have a chat with someone they haven't seen for at least a day or so; this small town romance brings visitors back to this place time and time again; often with many choosing to make it their home (we have had 3 new families move to the region in the past few months after discovering it was their dream holiday destination).
A few of the Jasper Jones set hotspots are available to view just by walking up the street!
The Corrigin Town Hall is actually the Pemberton Mill Hall, no secrets there - and not much renovating required either; it looks like it has just been plucked out of 1960 and plonked into 2017.
The Mayors house is on route to one of our favourite not so secret eateries - the Holysmoke Cafe is located at the Pemberton Fine Woodcraft Gallery. Stop at the corner of Dickinson St and Karri Rise to see this beautiful home; originally the Pemberton Mill managers residence (and still authentic!).
You can find the homes of Charlie and Jeffrey as you travel up the hill to the Gloucester Tree - that is all I will say there (have to give you something to look for :o)
As locals, we were able to witness our town change over the three months the crew were in town. It is likened to a wave where it started off with one or two people, location director, set designers and came to a crest when the cast and crew were all in town... streets were closed for filming and everyone came to be a part of it. Slowly, as scenes were shot and completed and sets pulled down the wave of people dwindled down until no one was left... a very surreal experience and a memory we will forever treasure.
Our town has the opportunity to view the movie today (5 days before the cinema release); it was a gift and promise from the directors to the town and as a community we are really excited to see it together with friends and family.
Enjoy the movie - we would love to hear about what you think; and it would be even better if you told us in person :o)