Finally, we have a broader choice in the NSW Film Industry for film production space. Callan 201 is fully operational and at present inhabited with Blackfella Films and their successful, Logie award winning TV series, Redfern Now, now in its second series
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Australia the Scene for the World's first Time Capsule
[Fri 10/08/2012 02:42:16]
As part of an experimental online project in October 2012, two filmmakers will travel the length and breadth of Australia, interviewing strangers from coast to coast in an attempt to preserve a slice of social history for future citizens. The 50-day cross-country journey will pass through most major cities and communities around Australia, including Mt Isa, Tasmania and even Arnhem Land.
“The goal is to meet as diverse an array of people as possible, in a diverse range of places,” says Martin Ingle, co-founder of Into The Middle Of Things. “To do that we really need to take the leap and travel places most Australians may not even know exist.”
The short interviews will focus on the lives, memories and stories of strangers who are discovered in any number of places along the way, from outside supermarkets and family parks to cane farms and local pubs. These interviews will then be condensed into an interactive website, where visitors can meet and engage with the online community, with the opportunity to submit their own stories to the virtual time capsule.
“Recording these oral stories and experiences is the most engaging way to preserve what people were thinking about in 2012,” says filmmaker David Ridley. “I think while the narrative of history is shaped by earthshaking cultural events, what gives it colour is the personal and poignant experiences of people who actually lived it.”
Into the Middle of Things founders Ingle and Ridley met in film school in 2009 and have since worked on a number of films and other projects, but never one of this scale.
“The idea of a virtual time capsule really came from a frustration that I had when I realised I knew so little about the people and the country around me. I pass hundreds of people in the street every day. Who are they? Where are they going? Why do they believe what they do? I think it’s a frustration most Australians have: we have no idea who we are.”
Since its launch in mid-July, the project has seen a rapid expansion in its online presence, with users from all over the country emailing suggestions of places to stop and people to meet, with some even donating money to the project.
“We’ve even been offered beds to sleep in along the way! We’ve been absolutely blown away by the support.”
Ridley attributes the support to an innate desire to explore and find new things. “In just this past week, we’ve had suggestions to meet an opal prospector in Lightning Ridge, a wizard in Melbourne, an Indigenous community in Arnhem Land, and even a German POW… Our nation is made up of 22 million stories, each as more diverse and unexpected as the last. To get a true sense of who you are and your place as an Australian you have to explore everyone else's stories.”
The journey begins on 15 September 2012, and is a clockwise round trip through Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Mt Isa and Townsville.