Big Stories had a Big Week, with both Cowra and Beaudesert projects launching in their respective communities. In Cowra, a huge crowd turned up to the Civic Centre to have a look at the films and photos that have been collected and collated from all over their small hometown.
Jenny Ainge, one of our filmmakers in residence who helped to make the whole project happen, had a busy night ensuring that the event ran smoothly and chatting to all the generous community members who helped to facilitate the projects, lending the times and their stories. Compliments were flying, especially for local contributors Rebecca and Marion, and the effort that the school kids put into their very own film projects.
Jenny has said that ‘overall it was a buzzy night’ but was surprised that a lot of people seemed amazed that there was such a range of stories. Jenny’s favourite comment of the evening came from the local school teacher who exclaimed:
‘I didn’t know we lived in such an interesting town!’
Well, now the secret is out, Cowra is a beautiful town, a wonderful community and a great place to live, or visit. We’ll be letting everyone in on the secret when the full Cowra content goes online later this year. For now, we’ve got some great happy snaps from the launch last Wednesday night.
Brooke, our exceptionally talented photographer in residence captured some wonderful moments:
Steve Best, our other filmmaker in residence, put in a gargantuan effort to ensure the night ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. There was very high praise for his work, too, especially his photography; many people were amazed at how Steve had captured the natural beauty of the land and the town. Here’s a sample of his photographic skill from the launch night:
And Steve’s wonderful teaser trailer for the Cowra films.
A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this project a reality. Thank you to our wonderful filmmakers, Jenny and Steve, and the brilliant community participants whose films and photos speak volumes for the talent and artistry waiting to be discovered in regional Australia, along with the stunning landscape and gorgeous communities they capture.
Thank you to Screen Australia for their support, and to local arts organisations such as Arts Out West.
And the biggest thank you goes to the wonderful community of Cowra. It was an absolute privilege to work with such a brilliant group of people, we wish we could have stayed longer.
The full Cowra project will be launched on our website later this year, until then join us on Facebook or Twitter.