Our History

A 50 year history of the Workshop Film Group has been produced. A compressed file of the history can be downloaded below.

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During the days when the Workshop Arts Centre was still situated in an old bakery building near Chatswood station, two of its members, Vi and Laurie Collings, would organise occasional film screenings at the Willoughby Town Hall. These screenings were so successful that they quickly realised a permanent film group would be a viable option. Laurie, a filmmaker himself, had filmed one of Joy Ewart’s children’s art classes at Dalton Street Studios for a film entitled Youth Creates.

The first formal meeting of the Workshop Film Group was held on the 23rd of August 1968 at Chatswood.  The first screening was held on the 27 September 1968 at Studio One in The Workshop Arts Centre,Laurel Road, Willoughby, screenings to be on the first and third Fridays of each month. The first screening was Hell And High Water, with Michael Thornhill being the invited guest presenter.

The group is dedicated to increasing an awareness and appreciation of film, known as the seventh art by presenting a wide variety of documentaries, shorts and features.

Since 1976, the group has organised a three day residential film event during the October long weekend. Our earlier screenings were held at Hawkesbury Campus of the University of Western Sydney, but during the Olympic Games in 2000, the Campus was not available so screenings were switched to Bundanoon Hotel, for three years but this proved unsatisfactory so we relocated to the Metropole Guesthouse in Katoomba, wher we have screened annually ever since.  In 2018 the Katoomba film weekend will be the 43rd continuous occasion the group has held the event.

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