The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in the Regions Project (AITR)was funded by Arts Victoria’s Touring Victoria program. In partnership with Rural City of Wangaratta, ACMI produced nine short films with a focus on people, memory and place. The mini documentary project recorded the documentaries that celebrate and document the people, character and heritage of regional Victorian townships.
Pre-production of the films began in August 2012 with local community workshops held in each of the towns to develop the concepts for these documentaries. Ideas for the films were then distilled into nine short stories – three films in each township – that capture the essence of regional Victoria and the people and places that make up part of the fabric of the modern Australian identity.
“ACMI is proud to have made these films in the regions and about life in rural Victoria. The uniqueness of our approach is that it involves the local residents and community groups, helping them to document their histories and capture their own stories about why they live, work and play in their towns. The films are not only an important legacy they also contribute to our social heritage. The resulting short documentaries are moving and fascinating records for the region, for Australians and the world,” AITR Executive Producer, Kim Montgomery explains.
Click on the titles below to view the nine short films ACMI has created showcasing Wangaratta and surrounding areas:
Rural City of Wangaratta Mayor Rozi Parisotto said in 2012, “We are thrilled to have had a role in bringing the ACMI project to our local community and their support, engagement and enthusiasm has been outstanding. We encourage everyone to view the films and see the culmination of our local community’s hard work.”
The films are now available for all to see on the ACMI website (click on the links above). Limited copies on DVD are also available, for more information contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer on 03 5722 0847.