A Warm Welcome from the U3A Film Crew

The U3A Film Crew is one of only two interest groups that embraces all of U3A Perth and as such is not confined to any particular Region. By being all-encompassing it gives greater exposure of the Film Crew’s activities to the whole membership of U3A and informs members of the comprehensive nature of the Crew’s work.

Janice Bowra, Peter Browne, Peter Alcock, and the late Stephen Thompson

Crew members have a passion for all things photographic, both in still photography and video.

 In addition to photographic skills, crew members have a diverse range of “past career” skills, which can often be utilised to enhance their film making.

Some of our past efforts can be viewed in the Gallery and you can read more about the background to the group below.

If you have a serious interest in filmmaking and photography, contact the U3A Office on 64881857 and one of the Crew will contact you.

Crew at work

VALE Stephen Thompson

It is with shock and great sadness that the U3A Film Crew marks the passing of their colleague and fellow member, Steve Thompson. Steve was an inaugural member of the Film Crew, joining in 2013 when it was first formed. Steve’s sense of humour, crisp turn of phrase and unusual ideas about film-making always kept us entertained. There will be a gap in our crew, not to be easily filled.

Current Activities (July and August 2020)

This month the Crew visited the Melville Region to film the ukulele group and mah-jong players that will form part of a continuous video loop of U3A activities for Have-a-Go-Day on November 11.

In the following weeks, visits are planned to the Wanneroo region to film petanque, singing for fun, chair yoga, and the Joondalup art group activities which include an art exhibition at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

The Crew is planning video and photographic coverage of upcoming events as they have done in the past and for general publicity for U3A Perth, including the production of a new U3A publicity brochure.

The Crew has commenced work on a documentary about seniors’ learning.  We have interviewed Dr Maureen Smith, who was responsible for the commencement of U3A in Perth, and an interview with Professor Bob Mead from Murdoch University is in the pipeline.  This is a long-term project and we hope to complete it in about 12 months.

The Film Crew is looking forward to an exciting and very busy year.  Check in regularly to this page to follow our activities.

About the Film Crew

The U3A Film Crew formed in 2013 with a grant from Lotteries West which provided 10 original members with a professional instructional course in photography and filmmaking by Fremantle Film and Television Institute (FTI).  The grant also provided for the purchase of equipment that allowed the group to begin its endeavours.

Film Crew’s aim is:

To learn filmmaking as a group and share the experience with others in the U3A spirit of Living is Learning.

To do this by:

  • building a professional and creative film unit and by delegating specific tasks to individuals
  • actively expanding the crew’s membership and expertise
  • promoting the name of the Film Crew specifically and U3A generally

Over recent times, it has found new grounds for expanding its work and is venturing into genres never before attempted, as well as continuing with old favourites.