When Mary Dwyer’s husband, Adie, was diagnosed with cancer at 49, Mary could not have predicted how fast death would come, nor how beautiful and hard that journey would be — for Adie, for their children and for herself. Yet, Mary says, in their heartbreak, a profound grace emerged. In “The Final Act of Grace" Mary recounts an inspirational story about her husband’s death that offers insights into how embracing one’s death can lead to something sacred and profound. This short story is supported by a book by the same name.
In March 2011, Rachel Funari disappeared from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Rachel was an intelligent, vivacious American who had been living in Australia since 2001. Her disappearance was one of the highest profile missing persons cases in Tasmania’s recent history, and prompted an extensive land, sea and air search. No trace of her has ever been found. Georgia Moodie retraces Rachel’s last steps, and speaks to her family about how they have come to terms with her disappearance. This story was produced by Georgia Moodie for Earshot on ABC RN. It features music from the Tasmanian group, Julius Schwing Trio, from their album inspired by the landscape of Bruny Island, edge2 : isthmus. The supervising producer was Lyn Gallacher and the sound engineer was Tim Symonds. www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…r-nothing/7877140
Peter Laidlaw is the classic tale of “one who came to Tasmania to build a wooden boat and stayed”. 25 years later, he teaches traditional wooden boat building, repairs and restores wooden boats. Headquartered at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania, Peter is President of the Living Boat Trust. His love of traditional wooden boats, the Tasmanian Special Timbers and their variety of characteristics and uses within boats is strengthened by his view of timber as the “ultimate renewable resource” the thousands of years of wooden boat building and their use in exploration, trade and contribution to Tasmania.
I am a Tasmanian, I'm here to help change this place. Get us ready for a prosperous future. I am the Founder of DisruptiveCo, the business behind Synchronicity 2018. This is my future story for Tasmania and vision for Synchronicity 2018. Beautifully captured by Helene Thomas from The Wayfinder Mobile Storytelling Studio.
Jon Grant has a lifelong love of handcrafting wooden objects, preferably using traditional tools. Jon has travelled far, learning and passing on the skills to others. At the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking School he was introduced to chair building, in particular the Windsor Chair, a traditional chair that has been adapted and evolved throughout the world, featuring in Tasmania as the “Peddle Chair”. Jon uses traditional tools and methods to make these chairs; beginning with harvesting and splitting logs with traditional tools. The chairs are crafted using these hand tools, steaming and turning, fabricating to the delicate finishing off tasks. The process and product are intertwined as a demonstration of the intangible heritage on which such products are based. The story is important. Jon’s desire to see traditional skills and knowledge to be passed through generations as the basis for meaningful activity is reflected in his current role as a guest teacher at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking School.
Adam Edwards is a violin maker. Discovering his passion and precision for this work, he strives for nothing more than to continue learning about his craft. He makes Hardanger Fiddles and can also play each one of his creations. Lasca has captured Adam in his element, and discovers how much he enjoys his work. Filmed by Lasca Dry Second Camera by Andrew Terhell Edited by Lasca Dry Music (track one) by Jenny M Thomas Music (track two) by Adam Edwards Special thanks Lara van Raay ABC Open
Australian architect Ross Langdon and his partner Elif Yavuz were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child when they were both killed in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013. The tragic news sent shock-waves across the world as family, friends and colleagues learned of their untimely deaths. In just three years Ross had gained a reputation in East Africa for designing beautiful, ecological buildings, using innovative materials. He believed architects should be like chameleons, adapting their ideas to the surrounding landscape and the people and culture who lived in it. He formed close ties with the local communities he worked with and as a result he left behind a legacy as a dedicated architect and a loyal friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Elif had been doing research on malaria and working for the Clinton Foundation in Uganda and Tanzania. This documentary was first broadcast on ABC RN Earshot. Producer: Helene Thomas. Sound Engineer: Russell Stapleton. Supervising Producer: Claudia Taranto www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…architect/8889788
A tumultuous journey of finding a place to call home.
When Min can't stop wetting the bed, she stops talking. At least that is something she can control. Her parents have just separated and life is taking on kaleidoscopic changes around her. Directed by Lucy Gouldthorpe | Produced by Andrew Wilson
Simon runs a small business in Kingston designing and hand-building high-end electric bikes to order Inspired by a desire to find better solutions to petrol-driven transport, he has spent 12 years learning and developing high-tech, beautifullly designed electric bikes from his garage.