Community organisations such as Maleny Film Society (MFS) could not exist without dedicated volunteers like Nora Julien and Jill Morris (pictured). They are founding members and passionate supporters of MFS, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The enthusiasm and commitment of around 40 volunteers and over 300 members make MFS one of the larger film societies in Australia. The society has come a long way since the early days of 16mm film reels to its current commercial cinema-quality projection and sound. 

The Maleny Community Centre makes for a wonderful venue in the centre of the town for MFS. The hall was the first in a rural community to gain a cinema licence to show silent movies in the 1930s. 

Today, MFS continues this important cultural and community tradition and patrons can now share a meal and drinks, as well as experience the best of world cinema.

“None of this would have been possible without volunteers and hard-working committees,” said MFS President, Clem Davies.

The Maleny Community Centre and MFS have always worked cooperatively and closely. In 2013 they shared the major cost of equipment installation; and throughout 2020 negotiated changes necessitated by COVID-19 restrictions. 

The introduction of a Saturday afternoon matinee has ensured as many people as possible can enjoy the MFS program. 

“The committee was also keen to maintain the sense of community at the evening screening,” Clem shared. “We have tables prepared and many patrons bring their own dinner or take-away when doors open at 6pm.” 

The bar is available in the evening and the MFS tradition of homemade slices with tea or coffee continues for both sessions.

The Father, the film with an outstanding performance by Anthony Hopkins, will screen on September 11 at both the 3pm matinee and 7pm evening sessions. (The doors will open at 2.30pm and 6pm respectively.)

Membership is open to all and has important benefits such as booking ahead, $8 ticket entry, voting for upcoming films, and free monthly member screenings. 

The current program and membership details can be found on the MFS website malenyfilmsociety.info.