North Shore Documentary

CV was fortunate enough to be commissioned by the Victorian Culture Network to produce a short documentary for its Culture Victoria site. As part of the commission, the site also features a number of re-purposed oral histories and archival images which provide a rich context for the work.

The mini-documentary provides a historical perspective on the Geelong suburb of North Shore, which in the first half of the 20th century was the hub of industry for the region (think Ford, Shell, International Harvester etc.). It also touches on the largely untold story of the presence of the R.A.A.F. and the American Air Force in North Shore during World War II. The stories are told through the eyes of a number of current (and former) residents as well as people who worked in North Shore in its hey day.

This was a fascinating project to produce, and I was absolutely inspired by the (mostly octogenarian) cast who told their stories with gusto and a side helping of extreme cheekiness. Take a squiz here.

Workers making their way home during the construction of the Ford Motor Company plant in Geelong (1924). Image courtesy of the Geelong Heritage Centre