On November 7th a lot of hard work, a lot of long hours filming and editing, a lot of traveling, talking, laughing and listening, all came together in the launch of the Big Stories Beaudesert Project. From humble beginnings many months ago, this project has blossomed into a community wide effort engaging everyone from professional filmmakers, to university students, the Beaudesert locals, and a wonderfully generous caravan repair man.
We were overwhelmed by the community response we experienced in Beaudesert, this is our first venture into the Sunshine state, but hopefully not our last. We were welcomed into the community with great warmth and enthusiasm, and we very much hope that we have captured that wonderful community spirit in our films and photo essays.
It was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces at the launch on Friday night, thank you to everyone who made it out to the event, we hope you enjoyed it too! Our photographers were still hard at work throughout the evening, capturing the community spirit on display:
Big Stories is all about collaborating with communities, and producing work that is a truthful depiction of the town and its people — and a significant factor in our work is the feedback we receive from community . We had some pretty positive feedback from Beaudesert locals, we left feeling pretty chuffed, not just about the films and photo essays that have come out of the project, but because we have had the privilege of working with a community with such a strong sense of identity and pride.
What a wonderful gift you gave to the community last Friday evening. It was just another jewel in the crown of how the arts, culture and heritage are slowly being valued in this district.
I want to take this opportunity to say how amazed I was at the launch on Friday night.
To say you done a tremendous job is an understatement…for me… it was astronomically out of this world.
I am so proud of what we have achieved in such a short period of time and to have you with us on this journey. As community service workers, you don’t get to see the affects you have on people, or the finished product so to speak, such as a carpenter sees his house completed. Having you with us has shown that we are heading the right direction. We are still only in the beginning of our journey, this road is a long one, but when we have people like yourself and other services all walking in the same direction, the destination is irrelevant, the most important aspect is that we are together!
On behalf of Big Stories, we would like to thank everyone who poured their hearts and souls into this project.
Thank you to our wonderful filmmakers and facilitators, the incredible staff and students of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Communication and Social Change.
Thank you to our supporters: Arts Link Queensland, Scenic Rim Council, the Regional Arts Development Fund.
Thank you to the generous spirit of Donna, Skippy and Robert.
And of course the biggest thank you of all goes to the wonderful community of Beaudesert for welcoming us into your town and your lives, your hearts are as big as your stories.
All the Beaudesert content, films, photos and stories, will be online later this year. For more check out our Facebook and Twitter