Long-time Nimbin resident Graeme Dunstan is featured in the final episode of a TV documentary tracing the shaping of modern Australia.
Long-time Nimbin resident Graeme Dunstan is featured in the final episode of a TV documentary tracing the shaping of modern Australia.

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THE brains behind a popular ABC documentary series are heading to Byron Bay to share their multimedia success story.

The Making of Modern Australia documentary explores the changes in the themes of romance, religion, parenting and childhood, and home in Australia since the end of World War II.

The creative team behind the TV show is heading to the SAE lecture theatre in Byron Bay next week for a Screenworks Masterclass.

The website for The Making of Modern Australia program, launched in 2009, invited people to contribute their stories, photos and memories of Australia.

The collection of online stories then developed into a four-part TV documentary, a book and, most recently, an educational program in conjunction with Education Services Australia where teachers can download educational material derived from the show.

Graeme Dunstan, of Nimbin, was one of the few Australians who told their story and had it incorporated into one of the episodes.

He was one of the people behind Nimbin's Aquarius Festival of 1973, and was a key player in the anti-war movements throughout the 1960s.

The Making of Modern Australia producer Ian Collie described Mr Dunstan as ‘a fantastic fellow', who tells his story in the last episode of the series on religion and faith, to be screened in two weeks.

“He was a good Baptist boy who became disillusioned with the established church,” Mr Collie said.

“I thought it would be wonderful to have a website tied in with the series so we created a national scrapbook online.”

Mr Collie will join Hoodlum Entertainment head of development Jackie Turnure – the producers of the website – and the website education producer Anne Chesher at the Screenworks Masterclass.

“I will be talking about how the idea came about, and how people can use multi-platform series and different works to tell these stories,” he said.

The Making of Modern Australia Masterclass on the Creation of a Multiplatform Production is on August 21 at 2pm.

Tickets are available through Screenworks on 6687 1599.



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