Big Stories, Small Towns


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2009, Total running time 278 Minutes.

Two filmmakers-in-residence work in partnership with the community of Port Augusta, South Australia, to tell its stories through both the eyes of the filmmakers and through the eyes of its long-term residents. With a focus on unsung heroes in the community, the project draws out themes of social and emotional wellbeing. The backdrop for the stories is a range of primary health care models such as the men’s shed, the aged care facility Wami Kata (cultural environment: ATSI), and the young Indigenous fathers’ group. These are stories of a community that supports people through life’s stages, bringing them together across age, race and economic fortune.

Ultimately, Big Stories, Small Towns is about extraordinary characters dedicated to caring for others and the importance of providing care that is driven and shaped by community needs.

A co-production between Screen Australia, Commissioned Production and the Media Resource Centre with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation. A Film Australia National Interest Program.
© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer: Martin Potter

Directors: Jeni Lee, Sieh Mchawala

Year: 2010

Running Time: 127 Minutes

Classification: PG. Mild coarse language

Curriculum Links: Indigenous Studies; Identity, Place and Culture; Australian Curriculum English K-10: Australian insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia; HSIE (Aboriginal Studies Stage 6); SOSE; Child and Community studies; Human Welfare studies; Geriatric Nursing; NSW PDHPE Stage 5, Strand 1 'Self and Relationships'.


Everyday Brave


SKU 200800400
Brand Film Australia

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