Nov
6

Memories of War – The Last Goodbye

 

Film: The Last Goodbye

Info

Commissioned by: Australian and Victorian Governments

Produced: 2015

Length: 18 minutes

The film features Federation University Australia actors reading authentic letters. Pictured here is Alisha Eddy. Photograph by Jary Nemo.

The film features Federation University Australia actors reading authentic letters. Pictured here is Alisha Eddy. Photograph by Jary Nemo.

Film research included archival photographs from the era. Here is a photograph of Egypt circa 1915 from State Library of Victoria.

Film research included archival photographs from the era. Here is a photograph of Egypt circa 1915 from State Library of Victoria.

Students of Federation University Australia were interviewed about their perceptions of WW1 in Ballarat. Here actor Nick Murphy is interviewed. Photograph by Jary Nemo.

Students of Federation University Australia were interviewed about their perceptions of WW1 in Ballarat. Here actor Nick Murphy is interviewed. Photograph by Jary Nemo.

As part of the project students from Federation University Australia visited the Gold Museum WW1 collection and wrote about their perceptions in the 'Memories of War' blog. Here a group of writing students visit the museum.

As part of the project students from Federation University Australia visited the Gold Museum WW1 collection and wrote about their perceptions in the ‘Memories of War’ blog. Here a group of writing students visit the museum. Photograph by Jary Nemo.

The project aimed to capture the attitudes of young people towards the events of WW1 in Ballarat. Here education student Maryanne Deller talks about her experience working on the Daylesford Primary School Honour Board project. Photo by Lucinda Horrocks.

The project aimed to capture the attitudes of young people towards the events of WW1 in Ballarat. Here education student Maryanne Deller talks about her experience working on the Daylesford Primary School Honour Board project. Photo by Lucinda Horrocks.

Poster for Remembrance Week Screenings at M.A.D.E Ballarat, 2015

Poster for Remembrance Week Screenings at M.A.D.E Ballarat, 2015.

The Story

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 explores the meaning of remembrance and looks at the way the Great War changed us, through the eyes of the young people of Ballarat today.

The Memories of War Project

‘The Last Goodbye’ was part of the ‘Memories of War’ film and research project collaboration between the RSL Ballarat, Federation University Australia, the Gold Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Wind & Sky Productions.

The project connected with writing, history, drama and education students from Federation University Australia who explored what World War One was like for the people of Ballarat.

As part of the project community members were invited to produce content for the Gold Museum on the topic of ‘Memories of War’. Publication of content began in September 2015 and continues to be published. Contributions were diverse and included reflective essays, biographies, poems and performances.

Documentary Approach

From the stories, contributors, content and people unearthed in the project a film ‘The Last Goodbye’ was produced.

The film draws on the performances, reflections, findings and stories of researchers, curators, historians, writers, performers, artists and students of Ballarat.

The core principle of the film was that the narrative would be guided by the perspectives of the central contributors, and is an assemblage of the learning and the journey of local people who have worked on understanding WW1.

The film provides a view point on the way Ballarat has remembered the impacts and legacy of the Great War in this commemorative year.

It is a compilation of seated interviews with four young people who have researched, in various ways, the impact of WW1, interspersed with performed readings and reminiscences chosen by the performers themselves from texts provided by Ballarat-based historians. These live voices are complemented by a selection of historical photographs from local and international archival collections and with music of the WW1 era performed by the Graduating Actors of the Arts Academy.

Screenings

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival: Friday 12 May 2017, Stradey Park Hotel, Furnace, Llanelli, Wales, SA14 4HA, UK

Ballarat Mechanics Institute Twilight Talk: Friday 28 April 2017, Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Veterans Film Festival: Saturday 26 November 2016, 1B Castle Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY23 1DT, UK

Screening and Remembrance Event at M.A.D.E Ballarat: Sunday 8th-9th November 2015 the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E Ballarat), 102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Are you interested in showing this film to your community? Contact Wind & Sky Productions to find out how you can.

Online

Freely available.

To watch click ‘play’ above or watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/gNFQLorLpwM

Partners

The Memories of War Film and Research Project was a collaboration between the Ballarat RSL, Federation University Australia, the Ballarat Gold Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Wind & Sky Productions. It was funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program.

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Film Credits

Written and produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed by:
Jary Nemo
Featuring:
Robert Lewis Snjezana Cosic Maryanne Deller Nick Murphy
Players:
Alisha Eddy David Gallagher Mark Simmonds
Voices:
Olivia Cirillo Alisha Eddy Jacqui Essing Isabel Mulrooney Nick Murphy Grace Pernar Nick Rijs Mark Simmonds Laura Telford
Images and artwork courtesy of:
Ballarat RSL, Dreamstime.com, Federation University Australia, Harvey Photography, Imperial War Museums, Library of Congress, Museum Victoria, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, Sovereign Hill: Gold Museum
Oral history research by:
Ailsa Brackley du Bois, The Editorial Suite
Research advisors:
Anne Beggs-Sunter, Snjezana Cosic, Jan Croggon, Zeb Leonard, Robert Lewis, David Waldron
Casting facilitators:
Jenene Burke, Kim Durban, Bryce Ives, Annette Chappell
Camera, lighting, sound, editing, visual effects and post-production by:
Jary Nemo
Research, interviews and music direction by:
Lucinda Horrocks
Music:
‘If You Want the Old Battalion’, traditional. Arranged by Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives (Present Tense). Solo vocalist: Brendan McCosker. Piano: Nathan Gilkes. Performed by the 2015 Graduating Acting Company, Arts Academy, Federation University Australia. ‘Are We Downhearted No!’, by Worton David and Lawrence Wright © EMI Music Publishing. Arranged by Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives (Present Tense). Solo vocalist: Casey Binks. Piano: Nathan Gilkes. Performed by 2015 Graduating Acting Company, Arts Academy, Federation University Australia. ‘Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy’, by C.W Murphy and Worton David. Arranged by Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives (Present Tense). Piano: Nathan Gilkes. Performed by 2015 Graduating Acting Company, Arts Academy, Federation University Australia. ‘Hitchy Koo’ by Lewis F. Muir, Maurice Abrahams and L.Wolfe Gilbert. Arranged by Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives (Present Tense). Piano: Nathan Gilkes. Performed by 2015 Graduating Acting Company, Arts Academy, Federation University Australia. Additional incidental piano music performed by Lucinda Horrocks. ‘Minaret – Early Morning Prayer’ and ‘Arabs Gathering their Horses at Dawn’ by Digiffects © Digiffects. ‘Trench Warfare’ audio soundscape by Thorn FX © 2008.
With thanks to:
Casey Binks, Lauren Bourke, Zoe Bradshaw, Jenene Burke, Fred Cahir, Angela Campbell, Di Campbell, Annette Chappell, Oliver Cowen, Yvon Davis, Brett Dunlop, Kim Durban, Leah Ferguson-Grieve, Clare Gervasoni, Nathan Gilkes, Luke Grimes, Kayla Hamill, Dominic Hanrahan, Daniel Henderson, Bryce Ives, Maurie Keating, Neil Leckie, Neil Leonard, John MacDonald, Sarah Masters, Brendan McCosker, Sarah Morey, Kristine Morgan, Katy Nethercote, James O’Callaghan, Lynne Redman, Rianh Silvertree, Jane Smith, Kayla Elizabeth Stone, Alexandra Tascas, Amy Tsilemanis, Roger Trudgeon, David Waldron, Sarah Wallis, Ballarat Ranger Military Museum, The Editorial Suite, The George Hotel, Present Tense Ensemble.
Project partners:
Ballarat RSL, The Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill, Federation University Australia, MADE Ballarat and Wind & Sky Productions
Acknowledgements:
The Memories of War Film and Research Project was funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program. Filming and production took place on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people. We acknowledge their traditional custodianship and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions MMXV

Project Credits

Project Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Creative Director:
Jary Nemo
Executive Group:
Ballarat RSL: Alex Tascas, Maurie Keating, Federation University Australia: John McDonald, Sovereign Hill: Gold Museum: Brett Dunlop, Roger Trudgeon, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka: Jane Smith, Wind & Sky Productions: Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Project Team:
Project Management, System Design, Web Development:
Jary Nemo
Project Coordination and Communications :
Lucinda Horrocks
Student Engagement and Recruitment Team:
Student Liaisons – Mt Helen Campus:
David Waldron, Jenene Burke, Annette Chappell and Zeb Leonard
Student Liaisons – Arts Academy:
Kim Durban, Angela Campbell and Bryce Ives
Gold Museum Access and Tours Facilitation:
Snjezana Cosic
Memories of War Blog Team:
Blog Co-Ordinator:
Snjezana Cosic
Editor:
Kayla Elizabeth Stone
Blog Contributors:
Ian Clark, Richard Eldridge, James O’Callaghan, Danni Roberts, Phil Roberts, Rianh Silvertree, David Waldron, And more blog contributions to come…
Film Production Team:
Producers:
Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Director:
Jary Nemo
Featuring:
Snjezana Cosic, Maryanne Deller, Nick Murphy and Robert Lewis
Players:
Alisha Eddy, David Gallagher, Mark Simmonds
Voices:
Olivia Cirillo, Jacqui Essing, Grace Pyone Pernar, Isabel Mulrooney, Nick Murphy, Nick Rijs, Laura Telford
Music:
Nathan Gilkes, Bryce Ives and the Arts Academy Graduating Acting Company
Research Team:
Research Manager:
Lucinda Horrocks
Research Advisors :
Jan Croggon, Anne Beggs-Sunter, Robert Lewis, Zeb Leonard, David Waldron, Snjezana Cosic, Roger Trudgeon
Oral History Research by:
Ailsa Brackley du Bois, The Editorial Suite
Event Team:
Creative Director:
Jary Nemo
Lead Vocals:
Casey Binks (Are We Downhearted No!), Alisha Eddy and Kayla Hamill (I’ll Make a Man Out of You)
Bagpipes:
Amber Sinclair
Piano:
Nathan Gilkes
Banjo:
Oliver Cowen
Guitar:
Nick Rijs
Choir:
Casey Binks, David Gallagher, Kayla Hamill, Brendan McCosker, Isabel Mulrooney, Nick Murphy, Katy Nethercote, Grace Pyone Pernar, Mark Simmonds, Laura Telford
Speech by:
Alexandra Tascas, Ballarat RSL
Featured photographs by:
Lachlan Bence, courtesy of the Ballarat Courier, Lucinda Horrocks Jodiee Hutchinson, Jary Nemo, Adam Trafford, courtesy of the Ballarat Courier, Amy Tsilemanis Justin Whitelock, courtesy of the Ballarat Courier
Stage and Musical Direction and Arrangement:
Bryce Ives and Nathan Gilkes, Present Tense Ensemble
Venue Manager:
Sarah Masters
Venue Marketing and Bookings :
Zoe Bradshaw
Lead Tech:
Luke Grimes
Lighting operator:
Liam Drennan
Event Publicity Team:
Marketing Manager:
Lucinda Horrocks
Artwork Production:
Wind & Sky Productions
Event photographer:
Aldona Kmiec
M.A.D.E Ballarat PR & Social Media:
Jane Smith and Zoe Bradshaw
Administrative Support:
Kristine Morgan
Envelope Stuffers:
Peter Millynn, Michelle Dado-Millynn, Kristine Morgan, Maurie Keating, Jary Nemo, Lucinda Horrocks
Thank you to:
the M.A.D.E Ballarat front of house staff
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of:
Kim Durban of the Federation University Arts Academy and Bryce Ives and Nathan Gilkes of Present Tense Ensemble in facilitating and arranging the event performances.
A general thank you to the following Brains Trust and Project Evangelists:
Lauren Bourke, Fred Cahir, Di Campbell, Yvon Davis, Brett Dunlop, Andrew Eales, Leah Ferguson-Grieve, Clare Gervasoni, Dominic Hanrahan, Daniel Henderson, Maurie Keating, Neil Leckie, Neil Leonard, John McDonald, Sarah Masters, Kristine Morgan, Lynne Redman, Jane Smith, Alexandra Tascas, Amy Tsilemanis, Roger Trudgeon, David Waldron, Ballarat Ranger Military Museum, The Ballarat Courier, The Editorial Suite, The George Hotel, Present Tense Ensemble.
Project partners:
Ballarat RSL, The Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill, Federation University Australia, MADE Ballarat and Wind & Sky Productions
Acknowledgements:
The Memories of War Film and Research Project was funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program. Filming and production took place on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people. We acknowledge their traditional custodianship and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

 

 

Oct
17

‘The Last Goodbye’ Film Launch

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.

Bookings: http://made.org/whats-on/memories-of-war-launch/

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Mar
12

Here. In a field of what I thought was cows.

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.

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Jan
14

‘Memories of War’ project is underway

Wind & Sky Productions is delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Memories of War’ project web site.

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Dec
12

Report of the First Week of December 2014

By Lucinda Horrocks 12 December 2014.

On the morning of the 3rd of December Jary and I woke blurry eyed, well before sunrise. At 3:30am we drove through a dark and silent Ballarat to Main Road, towards the glowing beacon of Sovereign Hill’s mining tower which after dark is always lit from below, where we joined a procession of cars in the otherwise empty street heading towards the museum’s entrance. At the brightly-lit reception, smiling staff in period costume ushered us, the blinking and the bewildered, into the museum’s 19th century streets.

So it started at 3am on the third of December. And it didn’t stop until Sunday the 7thth. In a special week, we got to celebrate many events to do with projects we have worked on over the last five years. Trust me, weeks like this are unusual.

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Nov
15

Event: Eureka Stories

Stories of Eureka

On December 3 1854, in Ballarat, a group of gold miners clashed with the local authorities in a bloody encounter which influenced the course of democracy in Australia.

We’ve been busy at Wind & Sky creating four digital stories about people connected to the Eureka Stockade for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E Ballarat).

Come help us celebrate the launch of our films and the 160th anniversary of Eureka. There are a series of events on the actual anniversary day the 3rd of December and on the weekend of the 6-7 December.

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Aug
21

Saving St Brigid’s

St Brigid

 

Book Promo: A Memoir by Regina Lane

Info

Client: Regina Lane

Produced: 2014

Length: 2.40 minutes

St Brigid’s Church in Crossley, on the South West Coast of Victoria, was very nearly shut down until the local community made a stand to save it.

Regina Lane wrote a memoir about the community’s five year struggle to save the church and the hall their ancestors had built for them and their children a hundred years ago. She asked us to make a Pozible campaign video to help her publish the book, which could then be turned into a promotional film about the book once published. We said yes because we love Regina’s book, and we love this story of an Irish-Australian community that fought back. It’s an interesting example of how content can be re-used to meet different purposes. We hope you enjoy.

Regina’s book is out now. Details are available at savingstbrigids.com.au.

Credits

Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written by:
Regina Lane, Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Regina Lane
Featuring:
Regina Lane
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Music:
‘Song of the Ghost of the Drowned Man’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music. ‘The Love of Music’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music.
Photographs:
Koroit Historical Society (Phyllis Lane collection) The Warrnambool Standard, Aaron Sawall and Rob Gunstone, photographers.
With thanks to:
Shane Howard, Mushroom Music Publishing, Koroit Historical Society, Michael Lane, Friends of St Brigid’s Association.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.

Saving St Brigid’s Pozible Campaign Video

Info

Client: Regina Lane

Produced: 2013

Length: 2.50 minutes

This is Regina’s Pozible campaign video. Regina successfully raised her target of $15,000 to publish the book.

Credits

Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written by:
Regina Lane, Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Regina Lane
Featuring:
Regina Lane
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Music:
‘Song of the Ghost of the Drowned Man’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music. ‘The Love of Music’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music.
Photographs:
Koroit Historical Society (Phyllis Lane collection) The Warrnambool Standard, Aaron Sawall and Rob Gunstone, photographers.
With thanks to:
Shane Howard, Mushroom Music Publishing, Koroit Historical Society, Michael Lane, Friends of St Brigid’s Association.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.

Jul
28

The Making of ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’

The story behind the film ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’ produced by Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks. Article by Lucinda Horrocks.

Our story begins after Kokoda.

For most of 1943, in a mountainous and jungled region of what is now Papua New Guinea, Australians and Americans (with the help of the New Guineans) fought a hard campaign against the Japanese. Battles took place on razorback hills and on muddy tracks as the Allies pushed the Japanese north towards the coastal base of Salamaua. This became known as the Wau-Salamaua campaign.

On the 30th July 1943, US forces attacked a knoll called Mount Tambu. It was a failed attempt to capture a Japanese-held strategic point. But it  resulted in one of the most extraordinary single acts of Australian bravery in World War 2. This story, Bull Allen’s story, is one of a number of forgotten tales about a forgotten aspect of Australia’s involvement in Papua New Guinea after Kokoda.

This article provides some context to the story of Bull Allen on Tambu, and explains how my production company Wind & Sky Productions came to make the short documentary ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’, and what I learnt through making it.

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May
28

Producing a Micro-Budget Documentary

Picture of a film shoot in a Church

How a Micro-Budget Documentary is Produced

By Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks.

The glamorous world of film-making gets somewhat less glamorous.

When people think of the film-making process, most think of the way dramatic feature films are made, with a big crew and a celebrity cast and a splashy cinema release. But films, especially documentary films, are often far more humble in scope and use a leaner film-making process. This article outlines common elements in the production process for documentary films made on a small budget. (We’re not talking David Attenborough here.)

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Jan
31

Reflections

The story behind ‘Reflections of Flood Recovery’ by Lucinda Horrocks.

When the 2010 floods hit the small Victorian towns of Clunes and Creswick Jary and I were living in Melbourne. Melbourne is not so far away, but, like many in Australia, it was the devastating, tragic floods in Queensland that year which captured our attention and empathy. The Clunes and Creswick floods became half-remembered headlines. So when we were engaged to document the story of residents who were afflicted by these local floods, I learnt a lot. I learned there is nothing ‘small’ about a flood. And I heard some remarkable stories of survival and resilience.

This is the story of how we put together the film ‘Reflections of Flood Recovery.’

Feature photo by Tim Burder.

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