Here are the Committee members, a dedicated bunch who keep the administrative nuts and bolts of the Society in place!
Lorraine Duffy – President
My career spans more than 20 years in the publishing industry in Sydney. This was one of the most demanding times of my working life but one that enabled me to accomplish a range of skills that enhanced my future. The intense hustle and bustle of Sydney led us to move to Maleny in 1990 in what was supposed to be ‘semi retirement’.We purchased te Maleny Lodge Guest House. For 15 years Maleny Lodge was our home and business. Running Maleny Lodge was an adventure in itself and led to many different, exciting pathways but certainly the word ‘retirement’ was not mentioned! My passion for food saw me expand into food seminars and conferences within the B&B industry the largest being a ‘Passionate Food Experience” lead by ecco bistro’s Phillip Johnson. I was on the board of the national B&B association and an advisor to the Caloundra Council on B&B’s. I am a charter member of the Zonta Club of the Blackall Range and have been an enthusiastic member of the Maleny Film society over the past 20 years. My passion for words is helped by Maleny Toastmasters. Currently, traveling is high on my list of must do’s.
Jessica Begun – Secretary
Jess sailed from Boston 25 years ago with her husband and two sons. Moving to Brisbane in 1994, Jess studied theatre at QUT where she heard about Neil Cameron and the Folk Festival in Maleny. When Jess drove up the Range the first time, she knew that this was the place for her – beautiful scenery, good coffee and great films. Jess worked on fire events directed by Neil and joined the Film Society in 2000 which opened new opportunities, including making films. She worked as Mike Rubbo’s assistant on Even Emus Need to Dance; then made The Platypus Man about the Woolies protest; Reconstructing Peter about local documenter Peter Erdmann, Lights on the Hill, the story of the cooperative movement in Maleny through the words of Jill Jordan, and several environmental films. For the last few years, Jess has worked for Julie Shleton on the program at the Real Food Festival.
Clem Davies – Treasurer
Maleny became Clem’s and his wife Pauline’s home in 1980 when they moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane. After a few years of building their home, they returned to their professions as teachers. Clem took a position as a principal of a P-12 school through to 2001. Then it was time for another change, and Clem moved to small business and the dynamics of digital photography. Currently Clem enjoy sports photography, which is a part of his and Pauline’s photo processing business in Maleny. Film Society, their grown-up kids, granddaughter, camping, fishing, the vegie garden and wonderful friends, all go to make living in Maleny a real blessing for the Davies.
Val was born in 1945, in Gayndah. She is married to Bryan and they have three children and 2 grandchildren. Val has lived in Maleny for 21 years and has been involved with the Maleny Film Society for 14 years. She has also been general manager of the Maleny Visitors and Information Centre during their transition to the new office at the Maleny Community Centre, and has contributed to other community organisations over the years. Val’s hobbies include quilting and camping.
Jill Morris is an award-winning children’s author and publisher, whose company Greater Glider Productions has published 45 authors and illustrators, sold a 65-episodes radio serial to the BBC, and currently produces children’s books as well as short films about community issues and environmental education. Jill’s background is in theatre, production of ABC radio and television and in primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education. A member of Maleny Film Co-operative, Jill has enjoyed the supportive links between the Maleny Film Society and this cooperative group of local film-makers. Jill has served as secretary of the MFS and currently encourages the makers of home-made slices for screen events and writes promotional articles on the films for local newspapers. Jill is devoted to restoring rainforest on the Range, weeding and planting trees.
Mary Meadows – Membership
Since moving to Maleny in 1993, I have been active in the Co-op movement, initially on the committee for Wastebusters, and then eight years as Secretary to the Maple Street Co-op. Apart from my day jobs, I was also involved with organic certification and on the committee for the Australian Herb Society and the Organic Growers of Australia until they merged with the Biological Farmers Assn two years ago.
My interest in the arts started in my teens when I dabbled with pottery to doing back stage work with Canberra Repertory to being in the Art and Craft business in Canberra. I volunteered my time as treasurer to Australian National Capital Artists. The committee of ANCA along with 50 artists brought about the construction of Artists studios for Industrial and Semi Industrial Artists. During my time in Canberra I was also on the Board of the ACT Crafts Council and worked with numerous others on the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation. I have had a bit of a break from committees until now, but look forward to being of benefit to the Maleny Film Society.
Vice President – Film Selection Sub-Committee
Andrew Wallace moved to Maleny in 2013 after retiring from Central Queensland University where he was a senior lecturer based at the Gladstone campus. As well as his original field of literature, he taught in the areas of media and communication and visual cultural studies. He also directed many plays involving students and members of the local community. Andrew is enthusiastic about cinema, music, drama, poetry, graphic art and photography and looks forward to having more time to devote to practical engagement with all except the first two, having abandoned hope of ever mastering the blues harp. Andrew has developed an interest in the conditions that foster creative endeavour in communities and in cross fertilisation between different art forms. Maleny seems a natural fit. Sometimes Andrew finds it hard to disagree with Paul Keating’s dictum: “if you don’t live in Sydney, you’re camping out”. But then again, he enjoys camping.
Barbara Jones – Members Only Screenings
Barbara Jones is a recent arrival in the Maleny area, having lived most of her life in Townsville and Brisbane, with shorter spells in Victoria, Canada, and the UK. She is a medical practitioner with a background in general practice and medical education. Along the way, she has held senior positions in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, James Cook University, and on a number of State and National government and non-government Advisory Committees.
While always interested in film, it was not until her arrival in the Hinterland that she had time to indulge this passion, and she is delighted to be able to be involved with the Maleny Film Society.
Peggy grew up in New Brunswick, Canada and on meeting and marrying her Australian husband David they moved to Victoria in 1973. After several moves within Australia, England and back to Canada, Peggy and David finally settled in Brisbane in 1985. Peggy worked for the Queensland Government for 25 years in various library and information management positions. Maleny was her weekend hangout during those years and now her home for the past 8 years. She has many interests including bushwalking, yoga, reading and film and has transformed her bare block into a lovely bush garden. With time on her hands she is enjoying getting involved with the Maleny community.
Paula remembers visiting Maleny during the 70s when her parents transported her and her four siblings from Scarborough to Mary Cairncross Park in the back of the Leyland P76 (a mission brown one of course). The idea was to have a picnic and then try and spot some rock wallabies on the walk—fat chance with 5 rowdy kids running down the track. Little did Paula know that she would move to Maleny in 2000 with her young family. Now, at Flaxton, she has her own business Seedhead, working as a freelance graphic designer. Paula has always been an avid art-house movie fan and is passionate about community so it’s a perfect match to be serving an organisation that promotes world-class movies and community simultaneously.