Some of the coolest people I know are over 80 years old…
SWINGERS is a fly on the wall, 30 minute observational TV documentary that I shot and directed for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It features the lives and loves of veterans from Sydney’s swing era. Once society’s rebels, many of these musicians and dancers are now in their 70s and classed as senior citizens. Rather than acquiescing to the image of geriatrics, these older ‘teenagers’ are still out for a good time. The Shaw Nuff Swing Band has a regular Sunday afternoon gig at the Maroubra Bowling Club which attracts a loyal crowd. The crowd says this gig is ‘our life. It’s been like an injection into our heart and soul, how lucky we are to have this chance to relive our time again. It keeps us young and we love it.’ Negotiating the ups and downs of health, romance and, horror of horrors, the loss of the gig, these swingers respond to life’s challenges with vivacity, humanity and joy.
I have made numerous transmedia documentaries and features for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A few highlights are listed below:
CATEGORY: RADIO FEATURES/ONLINE SITE/LINKED TO FAN THEME WEEK ON NATIONAL YOUTH BROADCASTER RADIO STATION
Role: Creative Producer/Developer
A selection of short radio and slideshow stories, presented in a website and partner fan theme week on the National Youth Broadcaster. Stories included a profile of the fan who joine dthe band, the grandmother heavy metal fan, the teenage fans ignored by their idols, the teenage fans who pester their idols and fan creativity.
POSTCARDS FROM HALLS CREEK
CATEGORY: ONLINE DOCUMENTARY/RADIO FEATURE
A combined internet site and radio feature created by a participatory documentation process. Whilst working in the radio station of tthe semi-traditional Indigenous town of Halls Creek in the Kimberley in Western Australia I handed out single use cameras to various members of the community and asked participants to take photos of whatever they would like to discuss. Once they had done so I interviewed them about those photos and the results were collated and displayed on the partner website.
CATEGORY: RADIO FEATURE
An exploration of the many, varied aspects of silence that include – amongst others – a discussion of the use of silence in modern music compositions, an interview with an Aboriginal curator about the apparent emptiness of a desertscape that upon closer inspection reveals a wealth of flora and fauna, aswell as a before and after chat with a woman undertaking her first 10 day Vipassna mediation retreat.
Featured/repeated in the best of Encounter series.