Logan: The story of an embattled suburb
AS WE prepare to celebrate Australia Day on Tuesday, a new TV documentary shines a spotlight on the country's most diverse suburb.
No, it's not somewhere in Sydney or even Melbourne but, in fact, Logan on the southern outskirts of Brisbane.
SBS's two-part series The Logan Project will air in full on Australia Day and follows the Queensland Music Festival's two-year project to stage a community-produced concert in the embattled suburb.
The most I knew about Logan before watching the first half of the doco was from my occasional visits to IKEA located just off the motorway and the news reports of violent street brawls.
As the doco reveals, Logan is home to more than 200 ethnic groups - more, the filmmakers claim, than New York City.
Cameras follow the process from beginning to end, shedding light on the talented performers who auditioned for the production, called Under This Sky, and QMF's lengthy creative process.
The then QMF artistic director, James Morrison, admits it was an education for him.
"I'd played shows down there but I mostly knew what I'd seen in the press," he told me.
"It was a great eye-opener for me, and if it opened my eyes, then how much could it open the eyes of people who are even further away? Like someone in Melbourne who doesn't even know where Logan is?"
My main question while watching the first half of the doco was how cohesive the show could be, given it was going to star 700 performers, including 11 choirs, a 90-piece orchestra, rappers, actors and go-kart drivers.
It's an ambitious project and even if it didn't meet everyone's expectations when it was staged last year, I think it's the type of inclusive artistry that should be encouraged.
And Australia Day seems like the perfect time to shed light on a misunderstood community that wants to take charge of its own multicultural story.