Source: Australian Ageing Agenda
Being funny could be the secret to living to 100 and beyond, says the maker of a documentary about a centenarian social club, which picked up a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award in Melbourne last Friday.
Flickchicks filmmakers Mandy Lake and Margie Brown, and their film The 100+ Club, won in the special category of ‘Promotion of Positive Images of the Older Person’.
Ms Lake, director of Flickchicks and The 100+ Club, said they couldn’t have done it without the fantastic centenarians featured in the film.
“All of our characters had a cracking sense of humour, that’s the thing about centenarians, they’re all funny people. I think that’s the secret to longevity,” Ms Lake said.
The 30-minute film, which aired on ABC television, follows three members of the social club.
There’s 101-year-old athlete Ruth Frith, performer Olive Webber, 103, and outback author Dexter Kruger, 100.
Despite their ages, all are still pursuing their dreams. (Olive Webber has since passed away.)
“We’re obviously just totally over the moon [about the award],” Ms Lake said. “I’d like to dedicate it to our three stars and their families.” more