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Wimmera life on film

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Films by former Rupanyup farmer John Teasdale, and his father Relvy, of life in the Wimmera will be turned into a one-hour documentary to feature on ABC TV.


Photography and film captured by a former Rupanyup farmer about everyday life in the Wimmera will be made into a documentary for ABC television.

John Teasdale, who died in 2004, shot video and took photographs of the ‘actual and everyday’ life in the Rupanyup district.

His work ‘Chronicle of a Country Life’, which includes landscapes and social ceremonies spanning five decades from the late 1930s to the late 1980s, now features on Culture Victoria’s website.

Mr Teasdale was a keen and highly accomplished cinematographer, filming consistently for more than 50 years to create a long-term record of working life on a family farm and of community life in the Wimmera.

When television arrived in Australia in 1956, Mr Teasdale became an ABC ‘stringer’ cameraman, shooting regional footage that was frequently included in statewide news broadcasts and in segments produced particularly for regional viewers.

Filmmaker Malcolm McKinnon, with the support of Mr Teasdale’s family, is undertaking work to interpret and celebrate the archive.

Mr McKinnon said one-hour documentary, with the working title of ‘The Farmers’ Cinemateque’, would be screened on ABC TV Arts, various film festivals and possibly exhibit at museums and art galleries.

He said the documentary aimed to ‘stimulate thinking about the power of memory and the nature of our attachment to particular country’, drawing surprising parallels between Indigenous and settler modes of country-keeping.

“We intend that the documentary will enrich urban Australians’ understanding of what is a defining issue for many rural Australians: their long-term, custodial relationship with particular country,” Mr McKinnon said.

“At a time when an increasing number of people no longer feel connected to a particular place or particular local history, The Farmers’ Cinemateque demonstrates the profound value of ongoing memory keeping and mapping.

“We’re keen to present this work to both urban and rural audiences, both of whom will find elements of revelation and affirmation in the film.”

Mr Malcolm John Teasdale and his father Relvy were gifted cinematographers.


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