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Written by: Beth Stinnett
Wednesday July 20, 2016

The Martinsville Rotary Club and White Hot Productions Executive Producer, Ian Kirk, have announced an official screening in Martinsville of the feature film, “The Dressmaker,” starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. The one-night showing will be held at Movie Town in Martinsville on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 7:15 pm.

Ian Kirk of White Hot Productions is a Rotary Club member in his community in Australia and travels to Martinsville-Henry County (MHC) regularly to visit his stepdaughter and her family at the Stoneleigh Estate. While he is in MHC, Kirk attends the Martinsville Rotary Club meetings. From this relationship, a plan was made. With the Rotarian spirit and the experience of an executive producer, the group decided to make this an opportunity for Mr. Kirk to screen his movie in the United States and help a worthy cause at the same time.  All proceeds made from the screening will benefit the Martinsville Rotary Club’s local charitable projects, which in the past have included local scholarships, a children’s literacy project and a school food pack project.

“The Dressmaker” was screened in Australia in late 2015 and was happily received. The film is based on the popular novel by Rosalie Ham. The story is set in Australia in the 50’s and tells of a young lady’s return home to a small town life after traveling the world making beautiful dresses for affluent women. The film was nominated for a record 13 awards at the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards and won in 5 categories.

Tickets for the screening are $10 and are on sale now at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center, located at 191 Fayette Street in Martinsville (inside New College Institute) and can also be purchased from Martinsville Rotary Club members. The theater is located at 67 Veteran Road, Martinsville. For more information, contact John Bruce, Martinsville Rotary Club President, at 276.732.5041.

Tags: MHC Film Office, MHC Visitor Center, Movie Town