The culmination of two years’ work was celebrated in the launch of the film ‘The Last Goodbye’ at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka on Sunday the 8th November.
Shown to a full audience in the intimate hemispherical M.A.D.E theatre, the 18 minute documentary explored the meaning of World War One and remembrance for Ballarat. “It was beautiful,” said one audience member. “Very moving,” said another. “I had a tear in my eye by the end of it and I saw other people did too.”
In 1914 Australia went to war. Thousands of young recruits passed through Ballarat on their way to the front, to prepare for battle and to say a last goodbye.
This documentary film explores the meaning of remembrance and looks at the way the Great War changed us, through the eyes of young people of Ballarat today.
The film was launched on Sunday the 8th November at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
Click here to read a full report of the event.
Photographs by Aldona Kmiec and Lucinda Horrocks.
Invitation to Film Launch ‘The Last Goodbye’
UPDATE: 2:30 SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED. EXTRA SCREENING AT 4PM.
The culmination of a year’s work and more of planning is set to launch on November 8 2015 in the first screening of our film for the ‘Memories of War’ project.
Join us for the premiere screening of ‘The Last Goodbye,’ a film about remembering World War 1 in Ballarat.
Where and when: Sunday November 8, 2:30pm, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED.
Extra session Sunday November 8, 4pm, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. Free Screening.
By Lucinda Horrocks, 16 October 2015.
“I realise the dispossession of Aboriginal people and the legacy of racist colonialism is still present in the bones of my home”
Aunty Marlene Gilson’s paintbrush is tiny. It’s narrow as a twig, a fraction the width of her thumbnail. She holds it poised in one hand while rummaging for paint amongst the crumpled tubes lying randomly on a chair next to her. She talks constantly, nervous because we are there. “Where’s the red?” she says. “You know, I can never find it. “ She dips the brush into the paint tube with a practised gesture. “I’m not supposed to do it this way”, she says, “but it’s easier”. She leans close to the large canvas and traces a line, a thread of colour. Bright pigments. Red first. Then yellow, then white. She is lighting a campfire, the simple colours morphing into flames before my eyes. “I wasn’t going to light the fire but I think it looks better.” She dabs on a bit of white and black with a dirty sponge. “That’s the smoke”, she says. And indeed it is, drifting lazily past some tiny figures around a campfire.
“That’s done.” She says.
Win a Free Double Pass to see the Film ’99 Homes’
Because our ‘Neon’ giveaway tickets were snaffled up so quickly the Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase has given us three double passes to give away to the film ’99 Homes’, screening at the Ballarat Regent Cinemas on Friday the 18th of September at 6:45 pm.
To be in the running for a double pass, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ’99 Homes’ in the subject heading and your name in the email body. We’ll give passes to the first three.
Win a Free Double Pass to see the Film ‘Neon’
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.
To celebrate the Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase coming to Ballarat we have three double passes to give away to the film ‘Neon’, screening at the Ballarat Regent Cinemas on Saturday the 19th of September at 3pm.
To be in the running for a double pass, send an email to email@example.com with ‘Neon’ in the subject heading and your name in the email body. We’ll give passes to the first three.
1 July 2015 (revised)
A new project about bark canoes reveals a forgotten history of encounters between Aboriginal Victorians and settlers in the 1800s.
On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people.
A documentary and multimedia project, now live on Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short educational essays.
The film was screened on the Big Screen at Fed Square every day from the 5-11 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC week 2015.
The VVG Story.
by Lucinda Horrocks.
“How do you bring a story about technology and water science alive? That was our creative challenge with the Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater film.”
The mud sticks to our boots as we follow the cattle track, our heels sinking into the sodden earth, obliterating hoof prints. Thank God we remembered to bring boots, I think, as I cuddle the camera closer to my chest, my arms awkwardly clutched around the fragile box of plastic and buttons and glass it is my job to keep safe from the muck and the wet. The sky is a dark pattern of clouds but Jary has judged it won’t rain. He strides ahead up the hill carrying the tripod easily over his shoulder.