Black Swan State Theatre Company: Lighthouse Girl adapted by Hellie Turner ($50,000)
In April 2017 Black Swan will premiere at the Albany Entertainment Centre in WA a new Australian play Lighthouse Girl. Set in 1914 against a backdrop of the recently declared war, the play entwines the stories of two young people, one in Australia and the other on the frontline. It is an accessible and moving account of a devastating war, commemorating the sacrifice and courage of those involved. Lighthouse Girl was co-commissioned by Black Swan State Theatre Company and the Albany Entertainment Centre in 2013. Playwright Hellie Turner has undertaken extensive research in the development phase of Lighthouse Girl since this time. Immediately following a Lighthouse Girl workshop with actors in Perth in June 2015, the first public reading of took place at the Albany Entertainment Centre. Members of the community that attended responded with much affection. Many were moved to tears and all expressed a fervent desire to see the work on the stage of the Albany Entertainment Centre. There was immense pride that Lighthouse Girl was a local story, of national significance, from the birthplace of the Anzac legend. From this Albany reading, much feedback has been provided to the playwright Hellie Turner and she has incorporated this into the next development phase of the script. A further creative development and public reading will be undertaken in January / February 2016 in Perth, as part of Black Swan's annual program. We are delighted to premiere Lighthouse Girl at the Albany Entertainment Centre as part of the 2017 Anzac Day commemorations. Lighthouse Girl is aimed at children 12 years and over. Following its premiere in Albany, it will perform in Perth at the State Theatre Centre then tour regionally throughout the State.
History Trust of South Australia: Duties. Ideals and Impacts: An interactive audio-visual installation about Australia during and after the Vietnam War ($68,600)
Duties. Ideals and Impacts will create a multi-sensory arts experience using the interior of the Drill Hall at Torrens Parade Ground that will allow people to explore the various ways in which South Australians experienced the Vietnam War and its legacy. The stories presented through this digital media and projection experience will be gathered directly from the people of South Australia, and will include people from metropolitan, regional and remote areas, including Veterans of the conflict, those involved in the peace movement and people who came from Vietnam and settled in Australia as a result of this conflict. In partnership with History SA, Cindi Drennan (illuminart) and a team of artistic collaborators with expertise in storytelling using digital media and projection will work collaboratively with communities around South Australia to record their memories and develop this material into an artistic product exploring issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other experiences of the soldiers, peace activism and its social context, and the impacts on the Vietnamese people who fled to Australia.
Small Screen Productions Pty Ltd: Captured (Working Title) ($50,000)
On 19 February 1942, a Japanese Zero fighter, having just bombed Darwin, began losing height, its engine failing. Surviving the landing and armed with his revolver, Toyoshima was captured by local aboriginal man Matthias Ulungura in a brave and daring moment. Matthias became the first Australian to take a Japanese prisoner of war in Australia. He remains relatively unknown. Captured will tell Matthias' heroic story, and the Northern Territory indigenous contribution in WW2, in a 29 minute documentary. The story of Matthias Ulungura, his heroic capture of Hajime Toyoshima, and the broader subject of indigenous wartime contributions and barriers to recognition, will be told by following the endeavours of the Territory Remembers Committee, Tiwi Islanders & family members to remember and commemorate Matthias' contribution. The result will be Captured a documentary film about engaging and educating a new generation, in a relevant and lasting way, about Matthias's story through indigenous music, dance and the casting of a bronze statue.
The documentary will debut in July 2016, along with the unveiling of the statue and performance of the music and dance as a part of the Territory Remembers program commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Japanese air attacks on the Top End. Funding will come from Screen Territory, The Northern Territory Government and private companies.
Open Channel Co-Operative Limited: Short Back and Sides (working title) ($80,000)
Open Channel will produce a series of four short dramatized commemorative films (six to eight minutes each) for broadcast and internet exhibition, titled Short and Back Sides. The films will be produced by emerging filmmakers supervised by OC, with an expected broadcast on ABC in 2017, as well as being available in perpetuity on the internet for future generations to understand the personal stories behind a century of service.
These films will provide an insight into the attitudes and personal stories of four young Australians who are preparing to go to war over the period of the past hundred years. Each film tells a separate story that defines their era—WW1, WW2, the Vietnam War, the War Against Terror. Our four characters are part of the same family—Great Grandfather (WWI)—Grandfather (WWII)—Father (Vietnam)—Daughter (Afghanistan).
Circa Contemporary Circus Ltd: Dust of Uruzgan—Queensland Outback Tour ($24,450)
Dust of Uruzgan combines songs, humour, and commentary with a stunning set of projected photographs by military photographers to offer a raw and personal account of the experience of Australian soldiers and civilians working in southern Afghanistan.
This project tours Fred Smith's acclaimed work to regional and remote Queensland communities, many suffering from years of drought and hardship. This is a high quality, full scale version of the production often not affordable to these towns. Dust of Uruzgan will bring people together and celebrate the resilience of Australians at home and overseas.
Arts North West Inc: CHARGED! Exploring the Story of the Battle of Beersheba ($15,600)
The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba late in the afternoon of 31 October 1917 is remembered as the last great cavalry charge. This strategic victory has great significance to our region as many of the units and soldiers were drawn from the New England. A study of the battle through primary sources—objects, maps, diary extracts, letters, and photographs as well as digital content will be assembled in a small travelling suitcase, 'CHARGED!' This project aims to make the story of the Battle of Beersheba readily accessible to young people across the NE/NW. The distances between schools and cultural institutions in regional areas often makes it impossible for parents and teachers to provide students access to original objects, and works of art. This collection of objects will also be further enhanced by the development of lesson plans for primary school students—which link history and art-making activities, and will be toured with specialist art educator, Christine Durham who will develop workshops within each school to facilitate responses from students. The responses from students will be uploaded to 'Frontline New England', as well as to the Arts North West website as a permanent commemoration of this significant and legendary battle of World War I.
South West Arts: The Passing-out Parade ($50,000)
This project celebrates the resilience, initiative, compassion and creativity shown by district servicemen and women and those, including children, who contributed to the war effort at home, as inspiration to current and future generations. The Passing-out Parade is a regional collaboration between South West Arts, South West Music Conservatorium, Outback Theatre for Young People, eight local councils, and numerous community organisations including creative writing groups, schools, regional RSL Sub Branches and regional creative artists. The Passing-out Parade captures and celebrates the stories of men and women from the south west, both past and present that have participated in military service or provided support at home. It incorporates stories of the Anzac legacy, artistic interpretation of the stories, audio recordings/radio presentation/podcast, performance/theatre production, musical score to underpin audio and performance and web, audio books and virtual exhibitions.
Facing Australia: Facing WW1: Stories of loyalty, loss and love ($9,500)
Facing WW1—stories of loyalty, loss and love is a large screen video installation. It will tell two stories connected by the city of Brisbane. The first narrative explores the correspondence that was written by family and friends of WW1 soldiers to Base Records in Melbourne. Reoccurring themes in this correspondence provides a vivid and poignant home-front voice. The second narrative unearths the untold stories of a small but compelling cohort of soldiers who before the war, had a career in the performing arts and the literary world. Their stories explore another side of conflict and creativity. Facing Australia has been commissioned by the Museum of Brisbane (MOB) to create this commemorative project. The exhibition will be a large projected digital installation that will run on a 28 minute loop. It will include original photographs, archival film footage, floating text, audio and music. The installation will be driven by a filmed narrator. This very visual project focuses on two elements of the WW1 conflict connected by the city of Brisbane.
This project brings together Waratah students who attend the Ridgley Primary School, Don College students in Devonport and members of the Waratah Community Reference Group under the artistic leadership of Anne Dunham. Together they will produce a red ceramic poppy trail linking the Waratah Cenotaph with the Waratah Waterfall. The poppies are to be made from fired clay with a red glaze. Each consists of six petals and mounted on a solid steel stake. This community arts project aims to maintain and create connections around the ANZAC spirit between present and future generations.The arts and workshop component of the project will be overseen by Anne Dunham a professional arts teacher (Tasmanian Education Department). Working across sites at Devonports Don Road College Campus, Ridgley Primary School and the Elma Fagan Community Centre at Waratah. Young people and students will be engaged to create ceramic poppies (200) which will create a temporary trail linking the Waratah Cenotaph with the nearby Waratah Waterfall adjacent to the main street. Posters and cards will also be made so that people can still appreciate the installation when it is in storage. A number of poppies will also be on permanent display in the grounds of St James Church (now privately owned but open to the public). On special commemorative occasions such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, the trail will be displayed.
Gunnedah Shire Council: The Music of War and Peace ($24,046
This project will be a commemoration of ANZAC service and tradition by way of musical concerts performed by local students, singers, musicians and band 'Streamline', featuring special guest artists Anthony Snape (presently based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA) and Cassie Carblis-Berry (presently based on the Central coast of New South Wales) performing songs made famous during wartime over the last 100 years. The objective is to have three performances to be conducted in the heritage Town Hall) the first a special primary school matinee / dress rehearsal on Friday 11 November 2016, prior to the evening cabaret / concert performance, 2) a cabaret/ dinner concert performance for up to 300 on the evening of Friday 11 November 2016 (Remembrance Day), and 3) a matinee performance for up to 800 people (being the maximum seating capacity of the hall) the following day, Saturday 12 November,2016. These performances will be preceded by four coaching throughout the preceding week conducted by Mr Snape which will support and extend the instruction and tutoring already undertaken by the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music staff. Based on the success of our 2015 commemoration events, the Anzac Working Group has sought further means to continue the Centenary celebrations in Gunnedah and has chosen to support The Music of War and Peace project with the object of including as many young singers, dancers and musicians as possible to depict, through song and dance, the effects of war and the celebration of peace. We are all aware of how war not only united Australia at times, but also divided the nation on issues such as conscription, the Vietnam War, and so on. Therefore, the objective of the project is to use music to depict the many emotions-pride, anger, sorrow, frustration, joy-that was prompted by Australia's wartime participation and the end of war.
Auspicious Arts Projects: Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors in War ($42,000)
Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors in War is a new work in development for theatre that will explore the journey of women's professional contribution as military doctors and surgeons throughout the past century. From the civilian doctors, first denied military service with Australian forces in World War One, to women doctors currently serving with our armed forces in the Middle East, the play will examine the vast experience of war from the personal perspectives of these courageous women. Despite social pressures and constraints, they were determined to serve their country, gained recognition and continue to serve within it. Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors in War will feature the personal stories of Australian women doctors in military service using evidence from diaries, medical journals, existing texts and face to face interviews. The dramatic text will examine the personal challenges of serving abroad, not only within the women's medical profession but also in the broader context of domestic and world events. We will examine the many facets of professional contribution, influence on medical practice within the military service and how opportunities for women have evolved. The play seeks to illuminate the pathways forged by these women doctors over the past century; from their exclusion within our military ranks in World War One to the embracing of their skills in active service today.
Australian International Pictures Pty Ltd: Paris or the Bush ($30,000)
The remarkable true story of a crew of returned soldiers from WW1 who, despite their injuries, become the greatest rowing eight in Australia, winning 4 Kings Cups and earning the right to represent Australia at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Paris or the Bush will be a 90 minute heroic cinema release documentary. So many stories about returned soldiers are filled with pain and disappointment as they try and often fail to resume their civilian lives. The Cods offer a different view, they not only resumed their rowing careers, despite being five years older and injured, they absolutely dominated Australian rowing from 1920—24, winning 3 Kings Cups and earning the right to proudly represent Australia at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris in 1924. The Cods realised their dream, becoming the greatest ever Australian rowing eight, they represented their country at war and, in peace, at the Olympic Games. This documentary, which has been painstakingly researched over a period of two years, celebrates the best of Australian sportsmanship and mate-ship, it is our greatest and most inspiring sporting story.