At the start of 2020, before Covid shutdowns really hit Melbourne hard, I was lucky enough to be asked to assist on a project that was a little outside of what my usual field is.
This was a moment that I didn’t hesitate to say yes, as this was a moment to help create something that was going to become a legacy, not a fleeting moment like most of the projects we can sometimes work on.
I was tasked with shaping a great piece shot my my friend Brad Gibb and told by the awesome sports presenter Shelley Ware, as a background into her connection to country and the place that she has seen her family legacy grow, Koonibba in South Australia. It was a privilege to be trusted to help tell a story about family and cultural connection, and to work with two brilliant people in Shelley and Brad. From my early rough cuts, we traveled through several drafts and fine tuned edits before presenting it to ACMI in Melbourne for their final sign off, and for it to be integrated into the newly renovated public display.
This brings me to the main reason for this post, some times it is great to be able to step up and be involved in a project that you may not have normally said yes to, a project that helps tell a story greater than your own, and to have something that countless people will hopefully watch and gain an under standing of things that are bigger than just themselves. The fact that there is a piece in one of Melbourne’s most important cultural venues, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, telling the story of an amazing indigenous woman in Shelley Ware, makes me proud beyond words.
Great to finally get toACMI to see “the desert meets the sea” in its new home for myself was so surreal to see it on display in the buzz and hum of the gallery. Huge thanks again to Brad Gibb for getting me involved in helping to tell this great story of Shelley and her connection to country and community. #acmi #storytelling #storiesonscreen #connectedtocountry #indigenousstories #aussierules #womeninsport #melbournevideo #contentcreation