#1317 Postcards from Reconciliation

Just in time for National Reconciliation Week, and in co-production with Redfern Community Centre, All the Best presents Postcards from Reconciliation. A man sends a postcard home about his lover: a proud man of the Bundjalung Nation, a historical postcard raises uncomfortable questions about a famous colonial figure and a Gumbangiir woman’s postcard is a clarion call to love the place you’re from- for both indigenous and non-indigenous Aussies.

My City- Sydney
A postcard from Gumbangiir woman Barbara Greenup-Davis starts as a flaneur’s stroll through the city, and ends with a vision of one city all its residents can rally for.

Written and read by Barbara Greenup-Davis, a Gumbangiir woman from Bowra, NSW.
Produced by Tim Bishop at Redfern Community Centre.
Music credits: Backing guitar: ‘Warm & Windy’ by J.D.Loudermilk (with permission); Played by Gerry Doyle (with permission).

My Man and Me
From Newtown, Sydney and heading out on the highway: a lover’s postcard from a life-long road trip.

Written and produced by Tim Bishop. Hear more of Tim’s work on his ABC Pool page.
Sound design by Tim Bishop and Belinda Lopez.

Picture credit (above): ‘Going North, heading home’ by Tim Bishop.

Music credits: ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ by Hunters and Collectors; South of the Border by Patsy Cline; ‘You Can Get It if You Really Want’ by Jimmy Cliff; ‘That’s the Way Love Is’ by Marvin Gaye; ‘Got to Give it Up’ by Marvin Gaye;  ‘Brown Skin Baby’ by Bob Randall.
Sound credits: ‘Car driving’ by Geody Labs; ‘Fryer’s Forest Kookaburras’ by Kangaroo Vindaloo.

Buckley’s Chance for Truth?
A convict disappears into the Australian bush, and emerges 32 years later, alive. His name was William Buckley, and his tale is featured in the history books as one of courage, survival and sheer luck. In fact, it’s thought the phrase ‘Buckley’s chance’ was inspired by his story. William Buckley survived after making contact with the Wathaurong people, who took him into their tribe and made him an honorary elder. It sounded like a story about reconciliation. But the Wathaurong people today, however, say they had never before been contacted about William Buckley’s story. They tell a tale very different to the history books.

Read more about the Wathaurong in this article by Michael Brydon.

Produced by Michael Brydon.
Music credits: ‘Making Days Longer’ by RJD2; ‘Stéphanie Quitte Le Caffé’ by Jean-Michel Bernard; ‘Towers (feat. Szjerdene)’ by Bonobo; ‘Ghost Song’ by Air; ‘Bloodflood’ by Alt-J.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

End song credit: ‘Fleetingly’ by Stiff Gins.


#1316 America (feat. The Lifted Brow)

All the Best ventures beyond our big brown land to the home of the free and the land of the brave. Beneath the joyful strains of the Star-Spangled Banner, the idea of America is pitted against its realities. We’re looking at the United States through a decidedly Aussie lens, and neither Lana Del Rey, nor the US political system, nor Oprah will be spared.

Dragging Out History
Writer Briohny Doyle casts her pop-scholarly eye on Lana Del Rey’s National Anthem music video. It’s a reinvention of the 1964 JFK assassination, complete with President A$AP Rocky and Marilyn Monroe. What happens to history, Doyle asks, when ‘vintage is the vantage point, and authenticity is a shade on the palette?’

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan.
Music & sound credits: ‘National Anthem’ by Lana Del Rey; Film projector by Rock Savage.

‘Dragging out History’ featured in the latest edition of The Lifted Brow (titled: ‘Music’). You can order a copy here.

My American Dream
Madelyne Cummings is half-American, and her ideas about the United States were pieced together by nostalgic childhood memories of summers spent there. At the age of 21, she decided to pursue her American Dream: to live in the country as an adult.

Produced by Madelyne Cummings.
Technical supervision and sound design by Belinda Lopez.

Music credits: ‘Star Spangled Banner‘ by LaiYouttitham; ‘Someday soon’ by Tanya Tucker; ‘Nostalgia’ by Akira Kosemura & Haruka Nakamura, ‘Two Moons’ by Toe.

This Place is Yours
Seraphina Reynolds grew up in Los Angeles, worshipping Oprah for creating a culture of openness and a space to talk about personal issues. While American culture celebrated confessional storytelling, her own family was silent about the serious problems that plagued it. When depression hit Seraphina as an adult, she decided it was finally time to open up, and help others do the same.

The result was This Place is Yours. A new media project with heart, it is launching at Vivid Festival on May 26th, 2013. Buy a ticket here.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Picture credit:Lana Del Rey by Paulo Ribeiro


#1315 Love is a Minefield

All the Best creeps ’round the minefield of that crazy little thing called Love! A student-lecturer relationship ends in a drunken duel; a piano teacher and her teenage protégé move from scales to scandal, and a fan’s stalking on social media becomes really creepy when she decides online interaction just isn’t enough.

Episode produced by Abigail Sie and Lynda Delacey.

Voice Actors: Leanna WalsmannRupert Degas and Laurence Brewer.

Music credits:
Dr Sie Interview: “Prelude No. 19 in A Major”, BWV 888 from “The Well-Tempered Clavier; Book II “by J.S. Bach, from the “Glenn Gould Edition – Bach: The Well- Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870-893”.
-Amber’s Story: “Masquerade” from “Russian Ballet Favourites” by Aram Khachaturian; “The Firebird Suite” – 1919 Version by IgorStravinsky from “Fantasia 2000 Soundtrack”.
Sara’s Interview: “These Times…” by Jon Hassell; “Rindu Kampong” Halaman by Zaleha Hamid; “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” by Frank Sinatra form “The Songs Of George & Ira Gershwin”; “Empire ii” by Jon Hassell; “Bhangda Paale” by Sadhana Sargam, Mohd. Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle & A. R. Rahman, from “Karan Arjun Soundtrack”.
Stephan’s Story: “Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat, Op. 9, No. 2” and “Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1”, by F. Chopin from the Daniel Barenboim; “Chopin: Nocturnes” Album; “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel; “The Art Teacher” by Rufus Wainwright.
-Daniel’s Story: “The Chase” by Alan Reeves, Phil Steele And Philip Brigham; “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” by The Funk Brothers (Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello); “A Little Bit, Sometimes” by Múm; “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala from Triple J’s “Like A Version- The Hungry Kids Of Hungary”.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Picture credit: ‘Brokeback Falcon’ by LegOfenris.

#1314 These Walls Have Ears: Infamous

All the Best shares stories about the most revered, the most feared and the most famous of characters from Australia’s first penal colony in The Rocks, Sydney. Come inside a real-life windmill constructed in The Rocks Square, and join a packed audience hearing live stories, poems and audio movies about Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy, bare-knuckle boxer Larry Foley and convicted murderer Eugenia Falleni— known in Sydney as Harry Crawford.

Gadigal elder Allan Madden tells the story of Pemulwuy to a packed audience inside the windmill at All the Best’s live event: These Walls Have Ears. From uncertain beginnings, Pemulwuy rose to become a leader and warrior for his people, and a bullet-defying enemy of the British settlers, who were displacing his people as they established the colony.

Larry Foley
In the 19th century, there were parts of The Rocks most ordinary folk wouldn’t dare to enter, lest they run into The Rocks Push. The underground bare-knuckle boxing gang were known by some as larrikins, and others as criminals. Their leader was Larry Foley, a notorious fighter inside and outside the ring. He is thought to be the muse of The Captain of the Push, a poem often attributed to Henry Lawson. Actor Clemency Press performed the poem live at All the Best’s These Walls Have Ears event.

Eugenia Falleni
Eugenia Falleni was born  in Italy in 1875, the eldest daughter of 22 children. By the time he’d reached Sydney in 1898, he was known as Harry Crawford. Accused of murder, his identity outed, he was a public figure shrouded in mystery. Historic Houses Trust curator Nerida Campbell follows the historical clues to discover who Harry really was.

Produced by Nancy Notzon.
Supervising Producer: Jesse Cox.

The Rocks Windmill project ‘These Walls Have Ears’ was managed by:
Live event production: Carly Anne Kenneally and Giordana Caputo.
Documentaries Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.