Documentary filmmaking classes for the Bold and Beautiful

A series of workshops specifically for women and gender diverse people aged over 40 exemplifies the agency of human involvement.
Documentary. Image is a group of women in a small filming studio, with two sitting in chairs facing each other and another behind a film camera.

In his 1993 book, Theorizing Documentary, filmmaker Michael Renov had this to say about his chosen form of storytelling: ‘…truth depends on fiction, finding its shape and substance through the agency of human involvement.’

Until late November the agency of human involvement is on full display at a converted school in Yarraville, as a group of women and gender diverse identifying people, all aged over 40, gather to examine the joys, pitfalls and creative intricacies of documentary filmmaking. The initiative, rare in nature and brave in scope, is entitled Bold and Beautiful, sponsored by the city of Maribyrnong (in Melbourne’s western suburbs) and hosted by For the Love of Film. The entire 10 weeks of instruction is free of charge, thanks to the City of Maribyrnong’s dedication to enhancing artistic and cultural pursuits for a variety of stakeholders.

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Christine Davey is a writer, director and academic living on Wadawurring country.