Aussie director to help fundraiser
A WELL-respected Australian director who has worked with Crocodile Dundee, helped Roger Climpson say “This is your life” and been the eye behind the lens for Louis Armstrong will share his stories with the Kyogle community this week.
Ron Way moved to Kyogle from Sydney six years ago, like many city-ites, for a laid-back tree change.
The retired director and producer dedicated his life to helping create some of Australia’s iconic TV shows, including The Paul Hogan Show and the ABC’s Seven Little Australians.
Now the 78-year-old will share his memories through voice, photography and film, in an effort to raise money for the future Kyogle Cultural Centre and Museum.
“I want to get a lot of people together to look at the old days of TV,” Mr Way said.
“The focus of the evening is not a documentary about me but the important thing is the cultural centre. It’s a form of getting people to enjoy themselves and getting money towards the refurbishment.
“It will be a trip down memory lane. The arts centre is important because it’s about the community. What we are doing today is tomorrow’s history.”
After studying film and TV at the University of Southern California in America, Mr Way convinced Channel 7 they would “be mad” not to hire him and, much to his surprise, they did.
He worked as a producer on Paul Hogan’s show, which he very much enjoyed but did not think he was entirely suited for. Unfortunately none of his former colleagues will be making guest appearances in Kyogle this Saturday.
“I have worked with some of the biggest performers in Australia, but they work with so many different producers, how the hell are they going to remember Ron from Epping?” he laughed.
Mr Way, who picked Seven Little Australians as the “pride and joy” of his career, has run numerous charitable activities in Kyogle since moving to the town, including the mentoring of local students and the production of Kyogle’s centenarian short film.
A Time to Remember (The Farmer and the Filmmaker) is on May 14 at the Kyogle Bowling Club from 7pm.
Admission is $10.