Capturing young people’s visions of ANZAC

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The University of Newcastle's (UON) Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education and Society Research Network (HERMES) has been awarded an ANZAC Centenary Grant to capture and disseminate what ANZAC means to young Australians and their communities.

iANZAC Project

The grant will fund a project titled – iANZAC Newcastle: Young People's Visions of ANZAC Project.

The iANZAC project seeks to capture and disseminate the stories young Australians tell about what ANZAC means to them or their communities. Their visions will be presented as short documentary videos, filmed and edited on iPhones or iPads, and celebrated at a public screening, scheduled to commemorate the ANZAC centenary.

The project team consists of Dr Robert Parkes (HERMES), Dr Debra Donnelly (HERMES), Dr Heather Sharp (HERMES), Dr Kath Grushka (ARTS HEALTH), and Mrs Vicki Parkes (HERMES). 

"This project offers a real opportunity for UON's School of Education to be involved with the community around the ANZAC Centenary over the next six months," said, HERMES Network Convenor, Dr Parkes.

"It will also assist in building on the HERMES Pilot Project: Remembering Australia's Past by examining young people's visions of ANZAC as a specific aspect of Australian history."

iANZAC will involve training 20 pre-service teachers as mentors to work with 10 schools. Each school will nominate four or five students to form the school's 'production team'. University staff will train the teams and mentors in different styles of documentary filmmaking; film grammar; narrative structure; and the technical aspects of shooting, capturing and editing digital video using an iDevice (such as an iPhone or iPad).

Afterwards, students will return to their schools and develop their short digital documentary films, responding to the invitation: Tell us what ANZAC means to you (or your community).

Students are encouraged to conduct original research in their local communities, such as gathering ANZAC heirlooms and stories, and to reflect on the results of the research in their documentaries.

 "We are very excited about being able to engage in a project that engages our region and builds our research," said Dr Parkes. The films will also be available to the public through a special iANZAC YouTube channel after the public screening in 2015.

Expressions of interest 

If your high school is interested in participating in the iANZAC project, please contact Dr Robert Parkes for more information.


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