‘The Missing’ wins Best Short Documentary Award in Zurich

We are delighted to announce ‘The Missing’ has won the ‘Best Short Documentary’ award at the recent Inspirational Film Festival held in Zurich.

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Lucinda Horrocks writes ‘Discovering an Archive’

Wind & Sky Producer Lucinda Horrocks has had an article published in Provenance, the free journal of the Public Record Office of Victoria.

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‘The Missing’ nominated for awards in Berlin, Tokyo and Hawaii

We are proud to announce that ‘The Missing’ has been nominated for several awards in the last few months at global film festival events.

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‘The Missing’ Nominated in British Short Film Awards

Exciting! Our short documentary ‘The Missing’ has been nominated for an award in the 2022 British Short Film Awards!

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‘The Missing’ screening in Croatia for the History Film Festival

We are proud to announce that the Wind & Sky Productions short documentary ‘The Missing’ is screening in Rijeka, Croatia as part of the 6th History Film Festival 13-17 September 2022.

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Acts of Heroism


Produced: 2022

Length: 15.34 minutes

Funded by: Telematics Trust

In collaboration with: Federation University

Uncle David Wandin, photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

Jidah Clark and Yaraan Couzens-Bundle, photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

Central Victorian bushland, Djab Wurrung Country. Photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

The Story

This short documentary film explores the history of emergency rescues and assistance in Victoria by Aboriginal people of non-Aboriginal people.

In the 19th and early 20th century Aboriginal Victorians saved lives. They knew how to manage fire and flood in the bush and where to find food in times of scarcity. Despite the devastating impacts of European invasion, Aboriginal people consistently offered help and rescue to colonists.

‘Acts of Heroism’ looks at instances where Aboriginal people took action in emergency situations in Victoria and reflects on the legacy of these shared histories. It includes Indigenous and academic perspectives, with speakers Yaraan Couzens-Bundle, Jidah Clark, Uncle David Wandin, Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher, Professor Richard Broome and Associate Professor Fred Cahir. Directed by Jary Nemo, produced and written by Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo, the film features the original music of composer Deb Lowah Clark.


Viewers are advised that the film may contain images and names of people who have died.

The film mentions acts of violence and the killing times which may be distressing.

Viewers are also advised they will hear and see words written more than a hundred years ago.

In quoting the words as they were first written the film makers intend no disrespect to peoples past or present.


This short film is a companion to a web-based education portal ‘Aboriginal Heroes of Fire, Food and Flood’ which spatially maps locations and documented instances of Aboriginal heroism to do with fire, flood and food in Victoria and Southeastern Australia from the 1800s to the 1930s.

The project was funded by the Telematics Trust and is a collaboration between Federation University historians, the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University, and Wind & Sky Productions. The film was produced in Ballarat, in regional Victoria, on Wadawurrung Country.

More information at https://www.aboriginalheroesmatter.org.au/

Viewing the film

Not yet released to the public. Coming soon.


Featuring (in order of appearance):
Yaraan Couzens-Bundle, Jidah Clark, Fred Cahir, Richard Broome, David Wandin and Michael-Shawn Fletcher
And the voices of:
Bryn Cahir, Hannah Cahir, Heather Horrocks, Kylee Smith, Tobias Horrocks, William Horrocks, Thomas Brooker
Directed by:
Jary Nemo
Written and produced by:
Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive producer:
Fred Cahir
Original music:
Deb Lowah Clark
‘Place-we-be’. Composed, recorded and performed by Deb Lowah Clark. Featuring Deb Lowah Clark, Sarah Jane Hall, Bonnie Chew and Tony Lovett. Production support Dave Clark.
Stock content:
Footage courtesy of iStock by Getty Images. ‘Old Prophecy’ by Felipe Adorno Vassao. Courtesy Beat Suite.
Equipment support:
Assisted by a City of Ballarat Creative Inspiration Grant through Creative Ballarat and Regional Arts Victoria.
With thanks to:
Maxine Briggs, Craig Briody, Deb Lowah Clark, Dave Clark, Kirsten Clark, Pete Dahlhaus, Sam Henson, Kathy Horvat, Clare Gervasoni, Geoffrey Lord, Malcolm Sanders, Helen Thompson, Rob Milne, Dan Tout, Anthony Romano, Charley Woolmore, City of Ballarat, Latrobe University, Melbourne University Indigenous Knowledge Institute, Federation University Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI), Regional Arts Victoria, Federation University SMB Library, Royal Historical Society Victoria, State Library Victoria and Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation.
This film has been released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license.
Produced in collaboration with:
Federation University Australia
Supported by:
the Telematics Trust
Companion website:
Aboriginal Heroes Matter
Film production and development took place on the lands of the Bunurong, Dja Dja Wurrung, Djab Wurrung, Jardwardjali, Taungurung, Wadawurrung, and Wurundjeri peoples. We acknowledge these Traditional Owners and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.
Copyright with:
Wind & Sky Productions ©2022 unless otherwise acknowledged.




Wind & Sky Documentaries on the Big Screen at Federation Square

Thanks to our friends at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, two Wind & Sky docos are screening at the outdoor Big Screen at Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD. Rug up because it’s a wintry week ahead, and come along to see a film before enjoying the Melbourne nightlife!

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Celebrating humanitarian women and men of the First World War.

19 April 2021, Wind & Sky Productions

A new online exhibition ‘The Missing’ celebrates two Australian humanitarian efforts of WW1 – the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau and post-war Australian Graves Workers.

Visit https://victoriancollections.net.au/stories/the-missing to view the free exhibition.

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Shining a Light on Untold Women’s History

By Wind & Sky Productions 4 March 2020

Few Melbournians realise that the Mission to Seafarers, that odd-looking building with the dome and the bell tower at the Docklands end of Flinders Street, has a story reaching back to World War One and early 20th century Melbourne harbourside life.

A new documentary ‘Harbour Lights’ tells the story of a remarkable and forgotten group of women connected to the origins of that building.

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Harbour Lights


Commissioned by: Victorian Government

Produced: 2020

Length: 17:51 minutes

The Ladies Harbour Lights Guild, circa 1910. Courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

Victorian Government Architect Jill Garner. Courtesy of Wind & Sky Productions.

Mission to Seafarers Building circa 1920. Courtesy of Mission to Seafarers.

Seafarers at a Mission event circa 1910. Courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

Urban historian Chris McConville. Courtesy Wind & Sky Productions.

Seafarers circa 1910. Courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

Ladies Harbour Lights Guild event in Melbourne circa 1910. Courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

Seafarers, circa 1910. Courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

About The Film

In WW1 Melbourne a pioneering network of women at the Mission to Seafarers called the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild supported sailors who risked their lives at sea.

The documentary ‘Harbour Lights’ tells the remarkable story of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and the lives of seafarers in early 20th century Melbourne. It focusses on Melbourne’s iconic Mission to Seafarers building, its connection to the Great War and to a unique community of ships crew and volunteers.

This Wind & Sky Production was produced in collaboration with the Mission to Seafarers Victoria. It was directed by Jary Nemo and written and produced by Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo with executive producers Sue Dight and Gordon MacMillan.

Narrated by Sharon Turley, the film features Jill Garner, Kate Darian-Smith, Chris McConville, Janet Miller and Gordon MacMillan. Music was specifically composed by the incredible Richard Chew. Featuring Melbourne historians, commentators, archivists and architects and rare footage and images of sailing and social life in and around the ports of Melbourne, this film will inform and connect audiences young and old.

Created with the support of the Victorian Government.

Story Background

At the outbreak of World War One shipping was central to the Victorian way of life.

Seafarers from every corner of the world visited Melbourne on merchant ships. They risked their lives bringing goods to what was then the largest port in Australia. Life could be equally difficult in port where exploitation of sailors was rife.

To help protect them from harm the Mission to Seafarers set up a network of support in Australia and around the world. The Mission was first established as a floating chapel in Hobson’s Bay in 1857, but by the early 20th century had established shore-based missions in Williamstown, Port Melbourne, and on the Yarra River in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Mission to Seafarers, which still stands today, was constructed on the Yarra River waterfront in 1917 during the First World War at a time when ships carrying cargo and people were subjected to heightened dangers at sea.

What is little-known about the story is the crucial work of a group of women called the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild who raised significant funds for the Mission’s construction and who volunteered their time to support the global welfare of seafarers from ship to shore.

The inspiration for the film project was the rediscovery in 2007 of a near-forgotten set of dusty old boxes stored under the Mission’s theatre. The boxes were filled with documents and photographs related to the activities of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild from its foundation in 1906 to its demise in the 1960s.

In recent years a dedicated team of volunteers and staff at the Mission has been gradually digitising, identifying and cataloguing the Guild records. Through their research they discovered that the construction of the current Mission building at 717 Flinders Street, particularly the building of the Memorial Chapel, was paid for in large part by the fundraising efforts of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild during WW1.

The archives also revealed that the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild model was a homegrown invention, pioneered in Melbourne in 1906 and exported to Missions around the world.

Though the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild disbanded in the 1960s, their legacy is present in the bones of the building they helped construct during the terrible years of the First World War. Their traces can be found in the outdoor garden, designed and planted by members of the Guild, and in the stained glass, decorative work and plaques in the building’s Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the memory of merchant mariners who lost their lives in the Great War.

Today the Mission continues to operate from the same building and has an active staff and volunteer community working in support of the world’s seafarers who visit the port of Melbourne.

In the News

Peter Krausz, Interview with Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo Harbour Lights, Movie Metropolis, WYN 88.9FM, 24 July 2021.

Documentary Drive, ‘MDFF 2021: Shorts to Watch’, 06 July 2021.

Annie McLoughlin, ‘Harbour Lights & The Last Typewriter Shop In Melbourne’, Interview with Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo, Showreel, 3CR Community Radio, 24 June 2021.

Screenings and Events

Winner, Best Documentary Film, Directors Circle Festival of Shorts 2021, 27 November – 4 December 2021.

Official Selection, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021, 7-31 July 2021.

Official Selection, Setting Sun Film Festival 2021, 18-26 June 2021.

Official Selection, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2021, 18-19 May 2021.

Geelong Wooden Boat Festival: Sunday 8 March 2020, West Lounge Theatre, Geelong Foreshore. Program

Film Launch: Wednesday 26th February 2020, Melbourne Mission to Seafarers.

Viewing the Film

The film is free to show, watch and share online at internet quality at Harbour Lights on YouTube.

To arrange for a high quality screening copy for community screenings and events contact Wind & Sky Productions or Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

Media Contact

For interviews and further information, contact Wind & Sky Productions or Mission to Seafarers Victoria.


Sharon Turley
Featuring (in order of appearance)
Dr Chris McConville, Gordon MacMillan, Janet Miller, Professor Kate Darian-Smith and Jill Garner
Raul S Gantalao Jr, Escoto Lemuel, Ben Schroeder, Cinda Manins
Ian Fletcher, Yuan Jia, Uma Kothari, Gordon Lansley, William Reed and Cheka Samaranayake
Directed by
Jary Nemo
Written and Produced by
Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Music by
Richard Chew
Executive Producers
Sue Dight and Gordon MacMillan
Research advisors
Geraldine Brault, Maria Culka, Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Ros Fletcher, Professor Uma Kothari, Dr Barbara Lemon, Catherine McLay, Dr Chris McConville, Janet Miller, Rick Mitchell, Duncan ‘John’ Perryman, Dr Annette Sheill and Peter Taylor
Archival photographs, music and footage courtesy of
Australian Red Cross Society, Central Highlands Libraries, Internet Archive, National Film and Sound Archive, National Library of Australia, Mackarness Family Personal Archives, Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria, State Library of Victoria and US National Archives
Harbour Lights. Music by Richard Chew. Westering. Music by Richard Chew. Twilight (Crépuscule) by Jules Massenet. Performed by Amelita Galli-Curci. I Love You So, Waltz from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár. Performed by Elise Stephenson and Harry Macdonough with Orchestra. Harbour Lights 2. Music by Richard Chew. If I Could Fly by Walking Hearts featuring Jennifer Holm. Courtesy of Epidemic Sound.
With thanks to
Peter Barrow, Sarah Bartak, Lin Bender AM, Patty Braumueller, Csilla Csongvay, Emer Diviney, Moira Drew, Ian Fletcher, Ajith Jayasuriya, Ben Jones, Patience Jones, Cinda Manins, Madeleine Martiniello, Georgia Melville, Elisabeth Moglia, Tara Oldfield, Lyn Pasquier, Nigel Porteous, Rev’d Onofre (Inni) Punay, Dr Rosalie Triolo, Ben Schroeder, David Simpson, Cheka Samaranayake, Daria Wray, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and KPMG.
A special thanks to
The women of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild 1906 to 1961
Produced in collaboration with
The Mission to Seafarers Victoria
Created with the support of
The Victorian Government
This film has been released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license
Acknowledgement of country
Project production and development took place on the lands of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge Traditional Owners and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.
Production company
A Wind & Sky Production
Copyright with
© Wind & Sky Productions MMXIX