According to the organisers of a new Tasmanian storytelling festival, there’s a story inside everyone and every place.
Stories in September is the brainchild of Andrew Wilson and Helene Thomas, who wanted to provide a platform for Tasmanian stories to be born, revitalised, watched and heard.
They wanted to bring together the mediums of film, audio and print while simultaneously showcasing the stories of Australia’s island state.
In July 2018 they put a call out for stories from across Tasmania, and they received submissions from all over.
On 1 September, the festival’s signature event 30 Stories in 30 Days is taking place, and the program is as diverse as the people and stories that make the apple isle what it is.
Here are just a few of the curated stories, screening publicly at The State Cinema as part of the event.
A Welshman in Israel (film)
As a 25-year-old Bob Frost found himself in Israel setting up the first Hertz car rental operation in that part of the world. It was the late 1960s – he found himself in the middle of the Six-Day War.
Tom Wootton (audio)
A west-coast Tasmanian’s tale of leaving, and coming back.
Returning patrula/fire (film)
Filmed in the midlands plains of lutruwita/Tasmania this is the story of an unusual alignment between a farmer, a scientist and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Sam Haberle (audio)
Sam Haberle has a big and bold vision – he hopes to eliminate world poverty before he dies.
What about the girls? (film)
A young girl from Huonville muses on her experiences at the local skate park.
A Road in Riverside (print- narrated)
There are moments of destiny that build like a storm you can’t escape. This is Peter’s storm. The storm that changed his life.