Mullumbimby locals enjoying an ice cream at the Empire Cafe in the 1970s.
Mullumbimby locals enjoying an ice cream at the Empire Cafe in the 1970s. Contributed

Mullum Madness captures the ‘re-birth’ of Mullumbimby

MULLUMBIMBY'S past has been documented in a new documentary called Mullum Madness to be launched next weekend.

The Dome house at Main Arm, Hell's Hole at Mt Jerusalem National Park, the Kohinur Markets at Main Arm, Colin Scattergood, the original new settler at Main Arm, and the Empire Cafe in Mullumbimby are some of the historical sites included in the documentary.

The film was produced by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society Incorporated, who engaged filmmaker Sharon Shostak to create a documentary about the "alternate lifestylers" who came to the area in the 1970s.

Ms Shostak interviewed settlers, local farmers and business people who interacted with the "alternates".

Journalist and Byron Shire resident Kerry O'Brien is also interviewed.

Mr O'Brien, who resides in Bina Burra, came to the area with an ABC TV crew for a Today Tonight program on the new settlers in 1977.

Brunswick Valley Historical Society treasurer - and the film producer - Susan Tsicalas said the project was made possible by funding allocated to the Royal Australian Heritage Society through the Heritage Branch of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Also pivotal for the completion of the project were donations from three original settlers and from the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.

The premiere of Mullum Madness will be screened at the Mullumbimby Civic Centre on Thursday, December 3, from 7.30pm.

The film will also be screened at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall on Friday, December 5, at 5.30pm and at 8pm.

Tickets are $15/$10.

They are available for purchase at The Bookshop in Mullumbimby.



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