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.
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.
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
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.
Dr Nick Brodie presents a story form colonial Tasmanian high society, a deer hunt that doesn't go exactly as planned.
The thoughts of a young man living in Cygnet and his difficulties interacting with the wider world.
A young girl from Huonville muses on her experiences at the local skate park.
Filmed in the midlands plains of lutruwita (Tasmania) this is the story of an unusual alignment between a farmer, a scientist and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. From a simple idea to run a science experiment emerged the story of a community returning an important cultural fire practice and reconnecting to lands where brutal dispossession took place. The collaboration benefits each in different ways but relies on a mutual trust heading into unchartered waters. The film highlights the importance of a traditional pakana practice that society is awakening to in an era of ecological collapse and global warming.