The Stories Project

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    "This film, Mamu, it's about right, it's about wrong. It's about the past and the future, the new and the old." - Curtis

    In September 2010 the Desert Stories crew embarked on their first professional short film project under the guidance of filmmaker mentor Platon Theodoris. Curtis Taylor speaks about his experience of directing his first narrative based short film, with some sneak peaks of Mamu in between.

    The video is made up of interviews with Curtis during the post production phase of Mamu and was filmed on location in Newman and Lake Dora, Punmu Community.

    Filmed by: Curtis Taylor & Dave Wells
    Edited by: Mark Taylor

    The Stories Project
    Creative Director: Shakthidharan
    Producer: Eleanor Winkler
    Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

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    "For Australia to become like this - to have Villawood transformed into that is painful." - Maria

    A well-known end point and starting point for those who leave their country seeking asylum in Australia is Villawood Detention Centre – formerly known as Villawood Hostel. Two women who were faced with the choice to flee share their story with their sons.

    There are a few things that separate the arrival of Maria and Zahoor at Villawood: ten years, a few policy reforms and two very large fences.

    Villawood Mums
    Release: October 2010
    Location: Villawood Detention Centre, Western Sydney

    Producers: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
    Directors: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
    1st Assistant Director: Alan Lao
    Directors Photography: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
    Editor: Anna Lam
    Sound (Shoot): Shane MacDonald
    Sound (Post) and Music: Saif Jari
    Production Assistant: Lazare Nyembo

    The Stories Project
    Creative Director: Shakthidharan
    Producer: Eleanor Winkler
    Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

    The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.

    Learn more about The Stories Project at thestoriesproject.com.au

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    “For family, woman, man and child, going back to the land they know.” Billy Landy aka Butler

    Catch a slice of Martu life in 2 minutes.

    On a return to country trip to Durba Springs in June this year, Martumili artist Yankura paints his traditional home Puntawarri. The backing track, performed by Butler is also about Puntawarri, a longing to return to their ancestral home.

    Producer: Dave Wells
    Directors: Curtis Taylor, Anthony Gibbs, Owen John, Carol Macdonald
    Directors Photography: Curtis Taylor, Anthony Gibbs, Owen John, Carol Macdonald
    Editors: Curtis Taylor, Anthony Gibbs, Owen John

    Sound: Anthony Gibbs
    Music: courtesy of Billy Landy aka Butler, “Puntawarri”, recorded live

    The Stories Project
    Creative Director: Shakthidharan
    Producer: Eleanor Winkler
    Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

    The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.

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    "Candombe is a very emotional experience ... you feel your ancestry when you play."
    - Leo Santalucia, Urumbe

    Catch a slice of Western Sydney life in 90 seconds.

    The candombe drums hold cultural importance for both the Uruguayan and African communities in Fairfield. Just as it provided relief for the African slaves who brought this rhythmic drumming from Africa, it continues to remind South American migrants of the difficult social, political and economic hardships that caused their families to migrate.

    On 29th May 2010, Fairfield saw its very first Afro-Latino festival that celebrated the shared cultural heritage of African and Latin American communities. A love of soccer, music dance and food was shared by all who attended the event.

    Candombe
    Producer: Guido Gonzalez
    Director: Lazarius Nyembo
    1st Assistant Director: Alan Lao
    Director Photography: Anna Lam
    Editor: Shane MacDonald and Elias Nohra
    Sound: Saif Jari
    Music: Urumbe Drumming Group (recorded live at the AfroLatino Festival)

    Thanks to festival organiser Laura Luna

    The Stories Project
    Creative Director: Shakthidharan
    Producer: Eleanor Winkler
    Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

    The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.

    Learn more about The Stories Project at thestoriesproject.com.au

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    The strangest thing is to walk on concrete. We normally walk on soft sand.
    - OJ

    Within days of arriving in Sydney, the Desert Stories crew began lamenting their distance from home and rueing the pace of the city.

    Inspired by the buskers he saw everyday at Central Station, OJ brought a song about his desert home and his people to the endless parade of city-folk moving through the Railway Square tunnel. He made $20.

    OJ On Broadway
    Directors & Cinematographers: Morika Blijabu & Curtis Taylor
    Performer: Owen Gibbs
    Sound: Cassandra Nanudie
    Boom: Jeremy Sammy
    Editors: Desert Stories crew

    Creative Director: Shakthidharan
    Supervising Producer: Eleanor Winkler
    Supervising Filmmakers: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

    Music: Living in the Desert by OJ & the Punmu Lakeside Band

    Content by the Desert Stories crew is produced in partnership between CuriousWorks and Martu Media, a division of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.

    Learn more about The Stories Project at thestoriesproject.com.au

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The Stories Project

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Presented by CuriousWorks, The Stories Project is an online channel of untold Australian stories.

It will deliver beautiful bursts of cinema, filmed on the streets and sand dunes of Australia, straight to your place.

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thestoriesproject.com.au/

Presented by CuriousWorks, The Stories Project is an online channel of untold Australian stories.

It will deliver beautiful bursts of cinema, filmed on the streets and sand dunes of Australia, straight to your place.

A mixture of art and journalism, these will not be the kinds of stories you can find in our newspapers or on television. They will be stories about our diverse communities created by the freshest talent within those communities.

You’ll have unfiltered access to the inside perspective via the internet on your computer and mobile phone.

The Stories Project launches with two crews artistically reporting from opposite sides of the continent: Urban Stories from Western Sydney and Desert Stories from the Western Desert, remote Western Australia.

The Urban Stories crew is made up of some seriously diverse Australians, many of whom came to Australia as refugees from different corners of the planet. The Desert Stories crew is made up of folks from the Martu mob, the last Indigenous group to make contact with the British.

The Stories Project is proudly supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Westpac Foundation, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Scanlon Foundation, Fairfield City Council and Casula Powerhouse. A 3rd party evaluation of the project in 2010, including the contents on this website, is being carried out by Macquarie University.

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