Robinvale Community Consultations begin!!

After much organising, 2012 of Pacific Stories has kicked off with a trip to the beautiful town of Robinvale, located about 5 1/2 hours north on the Murray River.  Amie & I were welcomed by The Robinvale Network House who are supporting & auspicing our project. We spent 3 days getting to know the community, talking to locals and finding out about the amazing diversity of Robinvale.

With a population of approx.. 3000 and over 42 nationalities represented- Robinvale is a dynamic community, learning to live together under some difficult circumstances.  Agriculture and fruit picking work has brought many Pacific Islanders (& other communities) to Robinvale which is traditionally Tati Tati land.  The project is going to take place at Robinvale College with a group of 8 students from both Pacific and Indigenous backgrounds and will be exploring issues of identity and community that the students face.  Amie and I are so excited (as you can see by the photo) to be privileged enough to work in Robinvale and will keep you posted with our filming adventures!!  Also keep in touch with what is happening on our FaceBook page.

Robinvale or Bust © Pacific Stories 2012

We are looking forward to an exciting 2012 that is bringing Pacific Stories 2011 national, and possibly international with our films hopefully being screened in Amie’s island home of the Solomon Islands at the Pacific Arts Festival!!

Lia Pa’apa’a

Pacific Stories hits Melbourne city

This week we hit the city for some learning and inspiration. At ACMI’s Screen World exhibition we had time to experience many of the interactive video installations like ‘the Matrix booth’ where you can video yourself jumping in the air (like Keanu does in the movies) and then email yourself the video! There was so much to see in this exhibition including a history of film and TV in Australia that spans from some of the first film recorded in the Torres Straight right up to the digital age with Reality TV and the internet.

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After a yummy lunch in China town we headed to NGV’s Unerved – The New Zealand Project. It was a chance to see stories told using many different types of visual mediums other than film (although there were some great films too!) – sculpture, photography, mixed media.  By the end of the day I think we were all exhausted but happy to have our heads filled with new ideas, perspectives and stories.

These are both free exhibitions so if you are in Melbourne, check them out at Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square and National Gallery of Victoria.