REEL AUSTRALIA - Geoff Dening's entry
It has been a very busy past month with two short film's completed and entered in various competitions. The most recent being the Reel Australia film "Aussie's Younger Days" Please have a look at my entry and vote (Shameless plug - there is a prize for one lucky voter!)
"Beginning with three flags representing the indigenous people, a state and the nation, I then recited selected poetry of Australia’s national poet Adam Lindsay Gordon who captured the first utterances of Australia’s forming identity. I chose to use images of monuments to explorers of our nation and immigrants together with a memorial of fishermen lost at sea to highlight the challenge it took to set off to the new lands. Australia is still a young country and the combination of rural and urban life is not hampered by the tyranny of distance as it was no more than a century ago. The view of Lake Albert at Meningie that was shrinking for 2 years, in the space of a month was back to past levels when the Murray began to flow again. Children are the future and being active and having a go is part of the Aussie ethos. Humanity and nature are things Australians do react to and our origins needed action to succeed and that is why I end with another iconic passage of Gordon’s poetry."
The Reel Australia Short Film Competition aims to encourage all Australians to create a 2 minute film in response to the question What is the Reel Australia? that ultimately showcases Who We Are as a nation. It could be about what we wear, what we say, where we go, how we play...it's completely up to you!
Thank you for your time and attention, Geoff