SHORE STORIES Featurette: 1st Preview Screening
Independent Films, Trailers, Documentaries
Video featurette on the first preview screening of SHORE STORIES: TALES OF A KIOSK at SHQ, Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
AIM: To create a series of short documentary vignettes based on historical places and people surrounding the coastal areas of Australia.
Through capturing stories and historical snapshots about local sites and characters, the series hopes to preserve the historical heartbeat and heritage of some of Australia’s best kept secrets.
Providing an insight in to Australia and its culture, the series will offer an opportunity to see historically significant places, colourful characters and events that make up the tapestry of coastal life in Australia at a grass roots level.
Each episode of Shore Stories will be produced for a 10-minute time slot, focusing on one location in Australia.
The narrative of each episode will be driven primarily by the dialogue given by the interviewed characters and local historians. The narrative, which will be supplemented by historical photography and current footage, will trace the history of each site from its earliest beginnings to its current existence within Australia.
Each episode will feature anecdotal real life stories told by local inhabitants, providing a unique, personal, and entertaining insight in to the location focused upon in the episode.
Shore Stories will be an accessible series both within Australia and around the world. The series aims to provide thought-provoking glimpses of Australian life in a concise format, designed to peak the audience’s immediate interest in the sites each episode visits.
Within the home-grown market of Australia, the series will appeal to Australian audiences with an interest in travel, local history and a devotion to the Australian way of life.
Internationally, the series will find its audience predominately for those interested in finding new places to travel to, and/or for those based in the travel industry.
The series also has the potential to be used in a variety of ways, including:
• Travel information used by travel organisations such as tourist boards and travel agents for their customers
• Destination vignettes used by airlines for travelling passengers
• Educational purposes, for schools and tertiary institutions
The pilot episode of the series is based on "Sailboard Headquarters” in the coastal area of Sandringham in Victoria, Australia.
The pilot episode provides historical snapshots of the area, as well as interviews with local historians, the owner of “SHQ” and some of the colourful locals that grew up in the area. Together, they provide a unique insight in to the rich 100+ year history of the boat shed and surrounding environs.
Some of the insights provided in the pilot episode include:
• In the early 1900’s, the beach was patrolled by a beach inspector who rigorously enforced the dress code on the beach; if any one, particularly women, were showing too much skin, he would order them off the beach and to get dressed appropriately.
• In the 1930’s and 1940’s, when vast numbers of Europeans migrated to Australia, many found themselves coming to places like SHQ to enjoy a life of fishing and relaxation.
• Up until recently, the boat sheds of Sandringham were located on the beach, a few metres away from the water. A management system has since been created to push the water back in order to provide a manageable docking port and harbour for small boats, fishing boats and yachts.
• Older generations viewed the area as a playground, with the vast majority of their early lives spent down at the boat sheds and the beach. Over 100 years after its inception, new generations of people, and their children still come to the area, having the same kinds of experiences that their parents and grandparents used to enjoy.
• Mike Myers, the current owner of SHQ, provides some unique insights of his tenure as owner, including his stories about local legends Basil, Unc and Hank, the latter two having owned the main boat shed during the 1960’s.
Year of Production: 2009