Kiama YouTube video sparks hunt for relatives

The Kiama Historical Society is trying to find relatives of the creator of a wonderful home movie about Kiama posted on YouTube. 

The home movie was the work of one-time Kiama Independent employee AG O'Toole. 

The film was posted in June 2013 and depicts Kiama's history, natural attributes and town life in the mid-1900s.

It highlights the rock pool and beaches, the Kiama Show, our stone walls and the farms that dot the landscape.

It also features our sporting side with golf, rifle shooting tennis, cricket, bowls, football, hockey and its "efficient Surf Club" 

My Home Town Kiama Produced and photographed by A.G. O'Toole.

Kiama Historical Society president Sue Eggins is trying to track down Sandra O'Toole, whose father A.G. O'Toole, (Albert, known as Bert) made the movie.

Mr OToole was born in 1896 and lived in a weatherboard home where the RMS now is in Shoalhaven Street.

Bert worked at the Independent and was Robert Weston's best friend. 

Gillian Armstrong - creator of a film about about Kiama export Hollywood director Orry Kelly - is wanting to use part of the film in her work.

The film is based on the three-time Oscar winning costume designer's recovered, unpublished tell-all memoir, Women I've Undressed.

Plans are in the pipeline to publish the story next year.

Film director Gillian Armstrong and her crew will be in town this week filming location shots for the film.

The movie is likely to be released next year. A costume exhibition will be staged at Melbourne's Centre for Moving Images to coincide with the release. 

Anyone who can help Ms Eggins track down Sandra O'Toole,  can phone her on 42360130. 

Kiama Independent/Lake Times