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The original 1960s ABC miniseries Pastures of the Blue Crane is once again available for view after the of the Tweed Regional Museum helped the broadcaster with the daunting task of recontacting all the relevant copyright-holders.

And to celebrate, the Museum is organising a special celebratory screening at the Murwillumbah’s Regent Theatre on Sunday November 25.

It is the first time this beloved Australian classic, adapted from the novel by local author, Hesba Brinsmead, has been able to be viewed by the public for nearly 50 years.

Starring Jeanie Drynan and Harry Lawrence, this iconic coming of age story was filmed locally in the Tweed and showcases the landscapes around Murwillumbah, Terranora, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta in the 1960s.

This event marks the successful end of a two year project between the Museum, the ABC, and the local community to have this iconic piece of film re-released. The film has sat in the archives of the ABC since the 1970s, unable to be viewed due to a complex web of copyright issues.

The Museum worked with local community members to help the ABC contact all the relevant rights holders and re-negotiate contracts, so that Pastures of the Blue Crane can once again be enjoyed by those that remember it and introduced to a generation who would have otherwise never seen it.

The black and white miniseries will be shown in full (2.5 hours) with an interval.

This is the first time since 1969 that audiences have seen it on the big screen!

Tickets available online through the Regent website at.


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