1973 was the time of the
Aquarius Festival at Nimbin and I was apart of Bush Video the group
involved in photography, film, electronics and video who set up
Australia's first community video access centre and cable TV system .
After that many alternative lifestyle people collectively purchased
properties in the area, started industries and built houses.
1976 I attended a
Vipassna meditaion course near Terania Creek and moved into the Nimbin
area. Disaffected with the problems of accessing video gear in the city
and its lack of editing I invested in Super8Sound equipment and began
to make short documentary films in the area. I lived in a small caravan
and powered my editor from my cars battery.
Newsreel covers some community events during 1976-78
HEALING FESIVAL was organised so that different modalities of healing
were offered by practicioners for anyone to experience
NATURE SPIRIT is a herbal
distillery operated by David Dane producing tinctures for use in herbal
MEDITAION COURSE In the
forest at Dharmananda locals had build a Meditation Centre. Buddhist
teacher Luong Pe ran a ten day course in Vipassana – insight -
SUNWORKS Here a workshop
on building solar hot water heating systems runs for local owner
At Open Channel in
Melbourne (1981) I used super8 location footage in "Working
Occupation"(1982) was shot entirely on single system Super8Sound
I shot 2nd unit camera
and sound for "The Voyage of the Pacific Peacemaker" shot on Double
System Super8 for international broadcast
"Kanaky au Pouvoir"(1987)
was shot by me entirely on Single System Super8.