NSW Film Commissions

2011 in southern New South Wales

South West Arts and The ACRE Project produced two short documentaries to highlight the resilience of local communities.

Hit Me On the Head with a Raindrop – The Wakool Shire, Moulamein community and filmmaker Malcolm McKinnon worked together to produce this film.

Moulamein, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, is an in-land town built on the junction on a river and a creek. What happens to a place like this when it doesn’t rain for years on end, when the water isn’t flowing and there’s certainly not enough of it to grow the crops that provide people with their livelihood? What do people do in times like this? How do they survive?

This is a story about resilience and about the collective endeavour required to sustain life in challenging times.

Market to Market – The Conargo Shire, Conargo community and filmmaker Helen Newman worked together to produce this film. Conargo is a vibrant rural community situated on the edge
of the vast, flat and virtually treeless Hay Plains.

In 2011, following a crippling 10 year drought, the people of Conargo stepped in front of the camera to share stories of their lives during this time. The resulting film is a glimpse into a welcoming, resilient and fun-loving community.

Partners – South West Arts, Catchment Management Authority, Wakool Shire Council, Conargo Shire Council, Your Community Cares.