Launch of local film The Crossing Project in Kyogle – The Echo

The locally made film The Crossing Project had its official launch in front of a local crowd at the Roxy Gallery in Kyogle.

The film features creative responses from local writers to the many waterways and old wooden bridges that criss-cross Bundjalung country.

The Crossing Project, a local film, was launched in Kyogle this week. Image: Paul Shields

The screening event began with a Welcome to Country by Gullibal’s traditional owner, Aunty Marcia Brooks, and a moment of silence for all those ancestors who have now passed away in the areas.

Andrew Johnston, Carlie Daley, Christabel Strehle, Dusk Dundler, Jarrah Dundler, Jenny Fraser, Paul Shields and Vince Stead are the eight screenwriters who responded for their place in the film, each with different approaches to spoken and written words and each focusing on a specific subject. to place.

Highlights included Christabel Strehle’s “I am Water” filmed at the Bailey Bridge, Carlie Daley’s Strong Woman’s Response to the Richmond River, the musical work of Gullibul Elder Uncle Andrew Johnston, ” Crossing Over” and Jenny Fraser, from the neighboring work of Migunberri Yugambeh Country, which was filmed at Little Round Mountain and Tamrookum, relying on the direct knowledge of descendants of an orally spoken story of massacre.

“They were like ghosts dragged along by a set of high boots,” Ms Strehle said.

‘It was scary. Scary government.’

The Crossing Project was directed by Paul Shields, who was also responsible for the original concept, with spectacular cinematography and editing by Paul Daley of A Lush Forest Media, and professional audio processing by Chris Wesley.

A trailer for the project is available on the Kyogle Writers Festival website.

Further local screenings of the completed 25-minute film are also planned for upcoming events later in 2022 and 2023, as well as a tour of the international film festival circuit.

Gladys T. Hensley