FILM

I was filmed as a child performer during WW2 entertaining  US troops stationed in Brisbane so it has always been a part of my life to be filmed and subsequently ….to film.
Movies are the paramount art form of our age. My preference is for documentaries. Studied music and ballet and appeared in stage productions with the Brisbane Arts Theatre participatiing in workshops in method acting and production.

Yellow House artist Peter Kennedy used me as a character (embroiderer and would be ‘artist’) in his film “Introductions” shown first at the Central Street Gallery with watercolour portraits of the participants and then at the screening room of the Art Gallery of NSW.
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I began making movies as an extension of still photography which was my elective at St George TAFE studying for an art certificate and to document over a decade of Bushland care initiated with
THE ROCKDALE AND DISTRICT LANDSCAPE HERITAGE COMMITTEE which I co-founded with Nick Udovic and neighbours adjoining Bardwell Creek Reserve under the flightpath of Sydney Airport in Rockdale.

I went on to train in bushland management and funding was obtained to regenerate Bardwell Creek and Stotts Reserve in Bexley with Rockdale Council.

Worked as contractor for THE NATIONAL TRUST OF N S W “bringing back the bush” in Sydney urban areas including Rookwood Cemetry. Appeared in Land and Environment Court in landmark case setting precedent for SEPP19 (bushland in urban areas) against The Bardwell Valley Golf Club extension.

Founded THE ST. GEORGE RECONCILIATION GROUP (later merged with SUTHERLAND) with Dominic WYkanak through the Community Resource Centre Bardwell Park to organise SEA OF HANDS and SORRY DAY events in Bardwell and Wolli Creek bushland.

These were my first documentary films.

1.”Chalk on the walk” permission sought and graciously given by Judith Wright to use Text from “Born Of the Conquerors”
along the concreted cycle path beside Bardwell Creek.

2.”Walking together” across the Sydney Harbour Bridge was my last movie before moving to Glen Innes as the M5 -east carved through the wetlands of Botany Bay. So much for over a decade of serving on the Cooks River Catchment Committee to monitor “impacts”.

3. Filmed local Glen Innes poet Colin Newsome reading his poem “The Bald Nob Hotel” at Boundary Creek shortly before his death. The film is now archived at the LAND OF THE BEARDIES MUSEUM and was used at the annual HERITAGE IN VERSE event.

4.”Drive on Through” with original soundtrack by local Glen band PLAN 9 won best documentary at the DON’T WASTE THE POPCORN Glen Innes film festival 2009 Organised by THE GLEN INNES ARTS COUNCIL at the CHAPEL THEATRE as part of the Land of the Beardies Festival. The National Trust used it on their webpage of places at risk.

Tile from building below.

I have filmed as as a visual diary for over a decade. Extensive footage of the Emmaville Sheep Races, the local agricultural show, a working blacksmithy, a public meeting to save a public park from development and the memorial walk at Myall Creek have been edited and developed into DVD.
These will be progressively posted online for access.