The Big Stories Small Towns Beaudesert was a 2014 collaboration between the CfCSC and the multiplatform documentary project Big Stories Small Towns. 

Postdoctoral Researcher and Big Stories Creative Director and Producer Martin Potter started the project in 2008 in Port Augusta and it has since spread its wings across the Asia Pacific, running in Banlung, Cambodia and recently wrapping up post production in Raja Ampat, Papua New Guinea. Big Stories Small Towns features collaboration between small town communities and filmmakers in residence. The project is shaped through extensive local consultation and participation to create stories made by both filmmakers and community members.
Centre Project Officer Samantha Ryan worked as Producer with filmmaker in residence Peter Hegedus. CSC Masters students enrolled in the new Participatory Media Production course were involved in the project in the semester two, creating work with the local community.
“I first became involved with the community in Beaudesert  when I was a Project Officer working with ECCQ conducting training and forums across Queensland to get multicultural voices out into the media. I was also conducting a digital storytelling project with State Library of Queensland with Australian South Sea Islander communities, Memories of a Forgotten People. I was invited out to talk to the committee about an event they were creating, This Is Our Story, which was a commemorative walk which marked 150 years since the first Australian South Sea Islanders were brought from Vanuatu into Queensland to work as indentured labour in cotton plantations” Samantha said.
“I thought there was something really powerful and amazing happening in this community, the weaving together of different people’s stories. I suggested Big Stories to the community after the event was a bit success, as a way to keep this creative storytelling happening. I’m so excited to now be able to work with them to make it happen!” she said.
Big Stories focuses on those caring for and creating their own community. From the Longriders in Murray Bridge, the Ngarrindjeri community of Raukkan on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, the Men’s Shed in Port Augusta to the Tampuon people of Banlung on the edge of the jungle in Northern Cambodia, Big Stories aims to connect local stories to build a diverse and inspiring global portrait of country life.
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