There have been no music reviews or posts lately because I’m currently working on a couple of large projects relating to St Kilda’s significant contribution to the history of jazz in Australia.
One is a St Kilda jazz heritage tour featuring a digital map highlighting locations of jazz venues from the 1920s to the current day, featuring relevant information and images of key venues and musicians. It’s a huge research mission, but fascinating. The project is supported by Creative Victoria’s Rockin’ The Laneways initiative.
The other project is a 30 minute film. It has been a while since I’ve actually made a film (and not just written a script). So today I trawled through my old film notes to help give me guidance to craft a synopsis and treatment. In the process, I stumbled upon a rationale I’d written for my major assessment film as a post-grad student at VCA School of Film and Television a long time ago. It was written around June 2001 just before travelling from Melbourne to Perth to start my research interviews.
I only had a hard copy of the rationale, so I’ve retyped it and posted it here.
After I read this quite personal insight to the inspiration for that film, I realised my artistic themes are still somewhat the same. Only now I am focussed on a different artform – one that is intensely personal and personally significant, as it takes me full circle to where my artistic pursuits first emerged as a young teenager.
Sometimes it takes telling other people’s stories to understand our own.
© 2017, Kaye E. Blum