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Screen Australia announces two new documentary websites

Screen Australia is delighted to announce DIY DOCO and Big Stories, Small Towns - two dynamic, new, media-rich websites that focus on documentary making.

Big Stories, Small Towns

DIY DOCO is an interactive broadband website that encourages users to explore all facets of the documentary process. The site contains video clips, text, sound and activities that users can interact with, edit and create.

Combining a series of interactive tools with interviews with leading Australian practitioners such as Bob Connolly, Dennis K Smith, Helen Gaynor, Jeni McMahon and industry experts such as Dan Fill and Michael Gissing, DIY DOCO provides a fresh way to investigate documentary storytelling online.

DIY DOCO features the voice of Julia Zemiro (Rockwiz) as the documentary guide. The majority of interviews that feature on the website were shot by Tasmanian-based filmmaker Stephen Thomas, during the 2008 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Fremantle.

Big Stories, Small Towns is a multi-platform online project that tells the story of Port Augusta, South Australia, through the eyes of its long-term residents. In an Australian first, documentary makers Jeni Lee and Sieh Mchawala lived as filmmakers-in-residence in Port Augusta, collaborating with the locals to create a unique online portrait of the town. Instead of sensationalised tales of rural decline and dysfunction, the project allows people to tell their own stories of a community bound together across age, race and economic fortune.

From 1950s archival memories like Hollywood Comes to Port Augusta to poignant first-person accounts of the stolen generations, the website has been shaped through extensive consultation and the resulting stories reveal what the community knows as its hidden truths.

Big Stories, Small Towns was launched yesterday during AIDC at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide, by legendary Canadian filmmaker and thinker Peter Wintonick.

DIY DOCO
Producers Stephen Thomas, Kath Symmons, Craig Dow Sainter
Creative Director Stephen Thomas
Executive Producer Anna Grieve
A Screen Australia production in association with Roar Film.
An interactive broadband website that encourages users to explore the elements, process and storytelling of documentary filmmaking.

BIG STORIES, SMALL TOWN
Producer Martin Potter
Directors Jeni Lee and Sieh Mchawala
Interactive Producer Nick Crowther
Executive Producer Anna Grieve
A co-production between Screen Australia and the Media Resource Centre, with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation. A Screen Australia National Interest Program.
A collaborative media-rich website featuring filmmakers-in-residence working in partnership with the community of Port Augusta, South Australia.