From cassette to short film

Have a listen to this interview with filmmaker Kristine Stolakis who discovered an oral history interview in San Francisco, with a gay man in the American navy and turned it in to a short film "The Typist".  Listen to how it was done – great use for an old oral history. For full story with audio and link to trailer for "The Typist" click here.

“Forgotten War” veterans

Some American heroes can finally get the recognition they deserve.  Obscured by a tenuous ceasefire and subsequent Cold War crises, the Korean War is often described in terms of conflict, intervention or police action. Nevertheless, the service and sacrifice of these wartime veterans is a necessary component of our national heritage, and as such, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) actively seeks the oral histories, personal papers and photographs of these unsung heroes. For full story click here.

Reflection on war

77-year-old Werribee author and historian Margaret Campbell softly recites one of her poems included in her recently completed masters thesis, and reflects on how war has always been etched in her consciousness. As a child of the World War II years, Ms Campbell lived through the Korea and Vietnam wars and worked at the Point Cook RAAF base. She has lived in Wyndham since doing her "rookies" in 1954. Titled Searching the Silences of War, her study is part theory and part young adult novel. Finding Sophie, set in Truganina in 1997, is told from the perspective of a teenage girl staying at her grandparents' farm with relatives including a Vietnam veteran and an anti-war protester.  For full story click here.