Bridge-building: the art of documentary filmmaking
The following is a short Q & A exchange I had with William Head, documentary filmmaking graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, about his short film, Night Fare. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Campfire: So, why did you make it? William: I became interested in the Red Pepper restaurant and it’s taxi-driver patrons in...
"What makes a good teacher?" →
Great discussion yesterday on this. My favourite comment was from a caller late in the show who suggested the problem was in the very word we use: “TEACH”-ER. He suggested this perpetuates the whole “jug to mug” mentality, and proposed a new word: “BAL”-ER. Rather than someone who TEACHes, this person should Bring About Learning (BAL) by engaging the person...
Strength from roots
I love it when respected authors and journalists acknowledge deep roots. 2011 Boyer Lecturer Geraldine Brooks, after a thoughtfully critical essay on Australian politics during her own lifetime, ends with a reference to two first century Rabbis Hillel and Shammai. I find the story inspiring. Hillel and Shammai disagreed about pretty much everything. Shammai was a zealot; Hillel, a...