Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Stories of the East Gippsland Shire

ACMI recording the stories of regional Victorians

ACMI is headed to the East Gippsland Shire to capture the unique spirit and stories of regional communities in a series of documentaries filmed as part of the organisation's outreach program, ACMI in the Regions.


The three communities chosen to participate in the documentary project were Lakes Entrance, Orbost and Omeo, which are all based in East Gippsland Shire.


Supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria's Touring Victoria program, the documentary project records local memories and is an invaluable form of community archiving. ACMI in the Regions documentaries are created to celebrate and document the people, character and heritage of regional Victorian townships such as those in the East Gippsland region.


The creation of the films began in August, with the East Gippsland Shire Council and local communities engaged to develop the concepts for these documentaries. Ideas for the films have been distilled into nine short stories - three films in each township - that capture the essence of regional Victoria and the people and places that make up part of the fabric of the modern Australian identity.


Filming began in Omeo on October 1. The stories captured included; the incredible work of Swifts Creek bush nurse Sue Carroll; the story of passionate artist Deirdre Jack and the local gallery she helps run; and, an exploration of the rich history of Omeo with our guide Jeff Cooper. 


ACMI staff will shoot on location with locals in Lakes Entrance and Orbost from Monday 15 to Friday 19 October 2012. In Lakes Entrance, ACMI will capture; the stories of the children and youth of the Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club; the lives of local fishing families through the eyes of Gary Leonard and Arthur Allen; and, a story on local indigenous life. In Orbost, ACMI will film with members of the local community involved in the building and operation of the Paddle Steamer Curlip; explore the natural surrounds and indigenous heritage in the wilderness area of Cape Conran through the local caretakers; and the final story for Orbost will be determined soon.


"ACMI is proud to be making these films in the regions and about life in rural Victoria. The uniqueness of our approach is that it involves the local residents and community groups, helping them to document their histories and capture their own stories about why they live, work and play in their towns. The films are not only an important legacy they also contribute to our social heritage. The resulting short documentaries are moving and fascinating records for the region, all Australians and the world," ACMI Media Studio Manager, Kim Montgomery, explains.        


Once completed, the documentaries will premiere in each town in February 2013. Details will be announced in the new year.


After the local premiere, the films become part of the ACMI Collection and as such will be added to the library of the Australian Mediatheque and available for all to see on the ACMI website.


The Australian Centre for the Moving Image's ACMI in the Regions program will film in the East Gippsland Shire from Monday 15 to Friday 19 October 2012. To view previous regional documentaries, please visit the ACMI website.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Adviser
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654

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