2 October 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the death of Greenmount author Katharine Susannah Prichard. To help raise money for a commemorative play for the occasion, the KSP Foundation are hosting a community movie night fundraiser.
Katharine Susannah Prichard was the first Australian novelist to gain international recognition for her 1915 novel, The Pioneers, which won the prestigious Hodder and Stoughton All Empire Literature Prize for Australasia. She was a founding member of the Australian Communist Party, a Nobel Prize for Literature nominee in 1951, and is one of 16 writers featured on the WA State Library’s Hall of Fame. A library in Boya is also named after her, as well as the Writers’ Centre in Greenmount. A permanent gallery featuring Katharine is currently being curated for the new WA Museum launch at the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020.
The movie night fundraiser will feature the Oscar-winning film ‘Shine’ which includes the character of Katharine, played by Googie Withers, as mentor to teenage virtuoso pianist David Helfgott.
Inspired by life events, the story of David Helfgott in ‘Shine’ captures a most remarkable journey in flashback, a personal tale of creative passion and musical achievement, celebrating the ineluctable power of human endearment. In his late teens, David is offered a scholarship to the prestigious Royal College of Music, an adventure that is supported by new-found friend and novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard. David then faces one of the toughest piano recitals of his life in Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concerto Number 3, a complex piece of music destined to not only challenge him to the edge of sanity but change his life forever.
The ticket price includes a pre-film talk and audience Q&A with award-winning author Louise Helfgott, sister of David Helfgott, in conversation with KSP biographer Nathan Hobby, where guests can hear intimate details about Katharine's influence on David's life and career from the perspective of a family member. The event also includes a movie-character costume contest, trivia quiz, raffle and silent auction. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Tickets from $20 on Eventbrite or via the KSP Writers’ Centre.