What changes a year brings!

Who knew it would take 12 months to update our page? In that time we lost my Dad to age related illness at 88, in May. Three months later, Jo was hired by a foundation that assists Christian women to flourish in every field of human endeavour, Anglican Deaconess Ministries. ADM is based in Sydney and it’s a permanent position. Jo has been a month in the job. We are moving house to Sydney in January, so that changed many things for Chris too.

“The wheels of higher ed turn slowly,” became “and sometimes they stop for more than half a year,” which interrupted my pursuit of a PhD.  So, for that and a loss of love for the intended film project, I withdrew from the program in July.  Right now I’m helping Jo as she and Alison Chambers produce the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Wit” by Margaret Edson. With an all professional cast and crew and esteemed Boston theatre director Jeffrey S. Miller the Shire of Noosa will host the Queensland Premiere of Wit at the Noosa Arts Theatre. More to come…

New Project New Challenges

2017 is well into its final quarter, but for Chris a new adventure begins in a few weeks as he commences a Ph.D. at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  This is all about a documentary project, and the opportunity to enter the debate over truth in the art of documentary.

Noosa Shire, where we live at the northern most point of Australia’s Sunshine Coast, is a designated UNESCO Man and Biosphere region – under the management of Noosa Shire Council. It is one of 669 such projects world wide, about which no documentary has ever been made. In almost 50 years!  But who knows what the Man and Biosphere projects are, and what they accomplish? Watch this space as we develop a website to answer that question as we log the progress of Chris’s Ph.D. project: working title “Noosa’s Bio.”

BEYOND EMPIRES VoD release to Higher Ed.

It’s appropriate during the 500th anniversary of protestant Christianity to release to universities and colleges, seminaries and churches the documentary, BEYOND EMPIRES as a streaming or downloadable file on Vimeo’s VoD service.

With Dr Daniel Jeyaraj in Tranquebar during filming, August 2010

BEYOND EMPIRES tells the story of a 23 year old German, sent by the Danish King to his trading port of Tranquebar on the south east coast of India in 1706. He died age 36 under the persecution of the Danish trading company and an official on the King’s mission board. True. Yet, the Indian federal government and state of Tamil Nadu promulgated a week of celebrating his life in July of 2006 – the 300th anniversary of his arrival in India. Even releasing a postage stamp in his honour.

Why would India regard the first protestant missionary to their shores as a cultural hero? And why is his name mostly erased from western memory.

Beyond Empires Trailer 1:53 mins