Summer is coming!

It’s spring in Melbourne and the warmer weather is coming (which I am very much looking forward to because I love sunny days and balmy nights…). It’s been and intense few months (through winter… brrrr) as I’ve been “in the edit”. This translates to eating badly, no socialising and basically sitting in front of a computer more than sleeping or being at home… But in saying that, editing is all part of the work that I love and feel privileged to be able to do. For the past year or so I’ve been working on a commissioned documentary film called “Fishing For Culture”. Basically it’s a 50 minute documentary about people from diverse backgrounds who like to fish. It’s been awesome Directing and Producing this film, working with a solid DOP, Matt Horne of Legitimate Films and meeting the wonderful people who shared their stories. I am pleased to say that the film is now finished – it’s primarily an educational film to be distributed on DVD. I’ll let you know when it’s out!

Fishing For Culture - Koori Men's Recreational Group
Fishing For Culture – Koori Men’s Recreational Group

This August I volunteered for a group called the Australian South Sea Islander Secretariat (ASSIS) in Brisbane, Queensland. ASSIS is a group that works to be a representative voice for the descendants of 62,000 Pacific islanders who were brought to Australia in the late 19th Century to work on the cotton and sugar cane fields as laborers.

This year was the 150 Australian South Sea Islanders Commemoration and Festival to mark 150 years since the first boat of blackbirded Pacific Islanders arrived in Queensland. I was privileged to assist ASSIS with their program of events and helped them to run two days of film screenings and a short film workshop. I’m excited to say that we will be working together in 2014 to do more storytelling and filmmaking through a project that will help to bring this important history to light (stay tuned for more details).

Vera Bezgovsek (pictured), Georgia Corowa and Margery & Michael Forde - our special guests from the Behind the Cane musical who shared stories and lead a discussion after the screening.
Vera Bezgovsek (pictured), Georgia Corowa and Margery & Michael Forde – our special guests from the Behind the Cane musical who shared stories and lead a discussion after the screening.

While I was in Brisbane I attended the March to Remember – the first time that the ASSI community and supporters have come together to honor and remember and march through the city in recognition of ASSI people and ASSI history. To see the short video we made: CLICK HERE.

Australian South Sea Islander Commemoration and Festival March to Remember August 2013
Australian South Sea Islander Commemoration and Festival March to Remember August 2013

Colour Box Studio – the community creative hub of which I am volunteer Director and bins putter-outterer (LOL!)-  has been ticking along thanks to a team of wonderful volunteer like the Volunteer Management Team and others awesome peeps who com in to help with pop up shops & events. However, we have recently received a leaving notice meaning that we need to vacate the property at the end of the year – it’s going to be redeveloped into a 12 story multi-purpose apartment building (yikes!). But we’ve got two more programs that are going to celebrate the space and showcase creativity over the next few months… Our Members and Volunteers Showcase Program is on now (including our ONE YEAR Birthday Bash – Throw Up Your Art on 31 Oct, 6pm). One of our volunteers Kristina initiated the Disposable Camera Project and I was very willing to participate… It was so great to shoot on film and have that feeling of not really knowing how the shot will turn out.  It made me think back to my first camera – a red Kodak camera that my dad gave me at age 10. (It was basically a reusable disposable camera!). I am eagerly awaiting the exhibition on Thursday that will display about 600 photos from the project participants!

Coming up is the Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Shop that will showcase around 20 artists and their handmade creations and designs…. If you’re in Melbourne you need to check this out & get some Christmas presents while you’re there – it’s our last program before we leave the premises.

Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Program
Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Program

In November, I am honored to be chatting on this panel Islander Perspectives in Storytelling with a host of wonderful peeps at the Apeture Festival in Melbourne. Please check it out 😉

In other news… A word about where my inspiration comes from… Amidst my editing and filming and Colour Box Studio-ing and sleepless nights… a month or so ago, I was driving to my edit studio and a song came on the radio. It was a well known song by Regurgitator. I spent my uni days in Brisbane where the band is Regurgitator is from and I saw them in concert and listened to their CDs in the golden age – the 90s. Hearing this song was a spark for me and I felt compelled to park the car in the sunlight, pull out my laptop and start writing…. this mixed with re-watching Lena Dunham’s Girls series will be an interesting mix… stay tuned for more…. I might just be diverging into the world of narrative filmmaking! LOL!

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