The Islanders: Chats with Vera Deacon is an 11 minute film funded by the City of Newcastle Libraries for use in its storytelling visualisations in its newly established Digital Library , and a companion to the Stories of Our Town Documentary series currently in production. It was released on 1 May 2021.
It is based on conversations recorded in 2016 and 2021 with the amazing Vera Deacon, whose contributions to history, conservation and philanthropy in Newcastle (Australia) are too great to be done justice in one just one film.
This film is a collection of stories from Vera’s early life on the islands of the Hunter River Estuary.
This film was created in partnership with the City of Newcastle Libraries with assistance from Special Collections, Auchmuty Library at the University of Newcastle, and a number of key friends and associates of Vera who kindly provided their information, photographs and research to assist the making of the film.
Directed and researched by Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab.
Filmed and edited by Tony Whittaker
Additional Filming by Gionni Di Gravio, OAM
Additional Interviewer: Dr Ann Hardy
Drone Footage: Tony Whittaker
Executive Producers: Alexander Mills, Gionni Di Gravio, OAM and Dr Ann Hardy
Thank you to Marilla North, Peggy Svoboda and Cherylanne Bailey for your guidance and drive to bring Vera’s story to film.
Sound mixed by Matt Brown at Fade to Black Sound
Website by Victory Lap
Thanks to Bob Cook OAM for the wonderful archival photographs.
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