– Executive Members
Film Selection Sub-Committee & Vice President
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.
Pauline Davies – Secretary
I have been living in Maleny for about 37 years – just long enough to be called a local. A Teacher Librarian by profession, I left Brisbane with our family in search of an alternative lifestyle and had the good fortune to discover Maleny. Our alternative lifestyle was not to be and I returned to education managing a P-12 School Library in an independent college for the next 30 years. During that time, it gave me great satisfaction and enjoyment to instigate and run the college’s “Arts on Twilight ” annual arts festival. Moving from a school library into Maleny’s iconic bookshop Rosetta Books, as the manager of the children’s section, was a perfect way for me to continue my love affair with literature. My husband Clem and I have also run a successful photography business for the past 17 years. My association with the Maleny Film Society goes back a long way as a president, treasurer and volunteer. I am a firm believer in the power of community, and value greatly organisations such as the Maleny Film Society for their ability to bind the community together.
Mary Meadows – Treasurer
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 backstage 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.
– Non-Executive Committee Members
Bruce Zimmer Members-Only Screenings
After growing up in Canada, I came to Australia for postgraduate study. I’ve since spent many years in teaching, research and management roles in universities and educational organisations, followed by several years as a volunteer tutor teaching migrant English and literacy. In 2014 I moved to the Maleny area to enjoy a blissful active retirement. I’ve been enthralled by cinema since childhood and have long had an interest in film as a medium of communication and art form. Until recently, the ongoing demands of work, family and other commitments made it impractical to actively pursue this life-long interest. Luckily, moving to Maleny and joining the MFS has finally given me the opportunity to more actively involve myself.
Maleny has been my home since October 2006 after living in NSW and overseas for many years. My decision to join Maleny Film Society as soon as I arrived, enabled me to meet members of this wonderful community. Being a volunteer for over fourteen years has been enjoyable, enhanced my love of movies and has given me a satisfying way of helping the Society. As a trained primary school teacher, my career has taken me to many countries. I now work for The Sunshine Coast Council as a teacher in The Adult Literacy Program. I enjoy my garden, yoga, walking, the arts and travel as well as being with my family.
I am a retired GP who moved to this piece of Paradise in late 2003. One of the first things I did was to join the Maleny Film Society. Before long there was a vacancy on the management committee, and before much longer I found myself in the position of president. After three wonderful years in that role, I remain on the committee as a Membership officer. I enjoy good movies, but the Film Society is much more than that. It is a great place for newcomers to Maleny to meet others, and for locals to get together. I count myself very fortunate to have landed with such a fantastic group of people, and look forward to a long relationship with MFS.
Michael now lives in Montville having moved up from Buddina Beach near Point Cartwright on the coast 11 years ago. He was born and bred in Brisbane and, after many years of searching, he found his vocation as a teacher of History and English in his late twenties. He sees 1986 as a hinge year in his life for it was then that he secured a position at Immanuel Lutheran College in Maroochydore. From this point he found career fulfillment and a new home, a place to which he feels a deep connection – the Sunshine Coast. He is a keen native gardener and surfer and loves cycling, bushwalking and reading. Since retiring, Michael has become involved in volunteering at the Montville Market, Hinterland Bush Links, Barung Landcare, the Australian Republic Movement and, of course, the Maleny Film Society. After driving up from the coast one Saturday night in the early 1990s to see a film at the Maleny Community Centre, Michael discovered his perfect cinema experience: world movies with a great meal and a drink in convivial company – and not a bag of popcorn in sight. He was ‘hooked’ and now would like to play a part in perpetuating the great service that the Maleny Film Society provides for the hinterland.
Faith has more than forty years’ experience in media communications and marketing for the not for profit sector, with a particular focus on health disability and community development, and is a passionate volunteer for several organisations.
Following a Tree-change from Sydney to Maleny in 1993, Faith established the trailblazing Telecentre in the old Maleny Butter Factory. A Queensland first in telecommunications, giving the local community access to computer facilities and TAFE training courses. The centre merged into The Hinterland Business Centre providing assistance to emerging small businesses on the hinterland. For several years, Faith returned to Brisbane to manage the state-wide SEAT program (Spinal Injuries Awareness Team), to promote education awareness throughout Queensland schools. Purchasing The Hinterland Times in 2008, Faith and her late husband Michael Berry, reinvented a great independent monthly magazine that won numerous awards. As a member and strong supporter of MFS for over 26 years, it was a pleasure to support the film society during our ownership of the paper, and now as a committee member.