IF YOU thought this year couldn't throw up any more surprises, how about a world premiere for a cinema release taking place right here in Kempsey!
For us, our beautiful corner of the world, home to both Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, was always the obvious place to debut a film about their partnership, to the world.
After all, we have the Slim Dusty Centre and the Slim Dusty Kempsey Festival. And we have a great cinema.
But as we well know, the world doesn't always make sense. Well it makes sense this time. Honestly, it is almost like they wrote the circumstances of this event in a script all its own.
This truly is the triumph of an underdog.
You would always assume that a film about one of Australia's favourite artists and his amazingly talented wife and partner, which is directed by the man who gave Australia Red Dog, and which is set to launch across Australian cinemas, would get a world premiere in one of the major cities.
Not to do so sounds like crazy talk.
But assumption is dangerous. So we asked, we invited and we worked hard to make this happen and now Slim & I will meet the world in Kempsey, just like Slim did, and hopefully the film will then overcome all the challenges 2020 can throw at it to become a huge success.
We couldn't be prouder to host this event and more importantly to welcome Joy and her family back to the shire along with the director Kriv Stenders.
I can't wait to hear from them as they answer all our questions after the film and about their amazing lives.
Most importantly I can't wait for Australia to hear more about two people of whom Kempsey is rightly so proud.
Slim and Joy represent the very best of us. Now we get to celebrate them once more and then watch as a new generation of Australians take them into their hearts.
So grab the popcorn and choc tops, this is one night at the cinema not to be missed!
Tickets are available through Majestic Cinemas Kempsey and their website.