Monday, 20 August 2012

The Stories of the Mildura Region

Nangiloc/Colignan Community Emergency Response Team

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has created nine short films showcasing the Mildura region which will premiere on Thursday 30 August in Mildura and on Friday 31 August in Ouyen. The documentaries capture the unique spirit and stories of the regional community in a series filmed as part of the organisation's outreach program, ACMI in the Regions.

The three communities chosen to participate in the documentary project were Nangiloc and Colignan, Ouyen and Mildura, which are all based in Mildura Rural City Council.

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 Mildura region.

Pre-production of the films began in early 2012 in partnership with Mildura Rural City Council's LEAP Project and local communities 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.

The films that will premiere at the evening are:


Young Philly: Young Philly is the story of 20 year old Koori artist, Phillip Murray, whose passion for hip hop saw him awarded the prestigious Noel Tovey Achievement Award in 2010. This talented young man is using his voice and talent to inspire others and change community attitudes.

Rose Hill: Rose, now 90 years of age, is an inspiring woman with a local puppet studio, whose passion for puppetry saw her travel the world and inspired her son to pursue a career working with the master of puppetry, Jim Henson.

Sunraysia Ukulele Network: The story of a diverse group of people who gather at a local landmark, The Old Mildura Station Homestead Cottage, on the last Sunday of every month to share their love for the ukulele.


The Ouyen Roxy Theatre: Originally opened in 1936 and operating until its closure in 1971, Ouyen's Roxy Theatre is now run by passionate volunteers and is the home of fortnightly film screenings, community events and celebrations.

Ouyen's Environmental Initiatives: Several years ago a group of primary school students successfully petitioned their local Council to extend kerbside recycling collection services to their township. Spurred on by their achievement, the community have since instigated sustainable living practices, taking responsibility of their environmental impact.

Ouyen's Only Taxi Driver: Meet Ross Missen, Ouyen's only taxi driver. In this film, see the town through his eyes, meet some of his regular customers and learn why the locals are so fond of him.


Wine and Grapes: Third-generation farmer, passionate horticulturalist and wine maker, Lance Milne purchased one of Mildura's oldest wineries to diversify the family business. Lance is a proud wine maker and tells why it is important to preserve the rich history of wine in the region.

Marion Peters: Marion Peters is a local who, after studying in Melbourne, chose to return to her home town to establish a life on the land with her family running a 12-hectare organic farm. Despite the setbacks of drought, flood and financial strain, Marion is a keen advocate of rural living, heavily involved in community activities to build and strengthen the township.

Nangiloc/Colignan CERT: The Nangiloc/Colignan Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is a small group of volunteers led by Murray Allomes, who provide a vital emergency service to the local community.

"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 Producer, Csilla Csongvay, explains.

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 premiere the films of the Mildura region on Thursday 30 August at 7pm at The Deakin Cinema Complex, Mildura and on Friday 31 August at 8pm at the Roxy Theatre in Ouyen.

The Stories of the Mildura region
Premiere Screenings

Thursday 30 August, 7pm
Deakin Cinema Complex, 93 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Bookings: 03 5018 8330 or

Friday 31 August, 8pm
Roxy Theatre, 17 Oke Street, Ouyen
Bookings: 03 5092 1118



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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