Staff at a Charleville butchery, date unknown.
Staff at a Charleville butchery, date unknown. State Library of Queensland

Vintage films to reflect on life's little moments

TOWNS across the southwest will travel back in time next week, when a group of filmmakers and musicians makes its way into towns.

But the artists won't be coming in a space-age machine or a blue telephone box: Their time machine is film and music.

The project, called Topology, has turned Queenslanders' home videos into a feature-length silent movie.

Titled Queensland at Home, the film is a time capsule of 1930s-1940s footage, Topology founder Christa Powell said.

"This show has been using vintage footage and home movies from a vault in the state library, so not a lot of it has been seen before.

"We worked with a contemporary filmmaker to put it together and then wrote the score.

"It's kind of harking back to the silent film days where you'd have the live piano player playing along to the movie, only it's five musicians.

"It's a lot of seeing the extraordinary and the ordinary - and some things we've forgotten or aren't used to seeing any more.”

Topology will include local school students in each show, helping them create a short film and score as a prelude to Queensland at Home, Ms Powell said.

"In each town, we make a little prelude film of about five to six minutes, showing footage of that town.

"So in Roma or Charleville or Cunnamulla, we're going to make a little film specifically for that town.

"We've been working with historical societies and community groups for the footage and with groups of young musicians from schools who will write the score with us.”

This week, Topology will work with Roma State College senior music students and visit other schools across the district, Ms Powell said.

"We're working with string players at Roma State College, it's really exciting.

"Those students will join us to play on the night too.”

details

Roma: Thursday, September 13, Jubilee Hall, 7pm

Augathella:Friday, September 14, Boadecia Cinema, 7pm

Blackall: Saturday, September 15, Memorial Hall, 7pm

Charleville: Sunday, September 16, RSL, 5pm

Cunnamulla: Monday, September 17, Shire Hall, 6.30pm

St George: Tuesday, September 18, Cultural Centre, 7pm


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