The future of storytelling is collaborative

Breaking down the barriers between subjects and producers, and empowering communities to control their own stories, the Beyond the Box session at AIDC looked at practical examples.

The future of storytelling is almost certainly collaborative, though writing this article in the midst of coronavirus social isolation, it seems such collaboration will be taking place via video link. 

But, this AIDC session took place on 3 March in Melbourne, just before the COVID-19 panic hit Australia, with all the participants and audience members physically attending the Village Roadshow Theatrette. Moderated by ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick, the panel consisted of Bruce Gladwin and Scott Price from Back-to-Back Theatre, Paul Walton from 720 Creative, actor and producer Aaron Fa’Aoso from Lonestar productions, and Maya Newell, the director of feature documentaries Gayby Baby and In my Blood it Runs.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk