Chris Gilbert’s lifetime of experience with diverse people and places has equipped him well in his major life interest – telling stories that dignify the human spirit. After a life changing trip across Siberia in the winter of 1975, he took up trucking, farm laboring and slaughterhouse work in the outback of Australia, University studies, youth work among detention center parolees in urban Australia, freelance journalism for the Sunshine Coast Daily, Courier Mail, and Newmatilda.com, a Seminary degree in Philadelphia, pastoral care of church communities in Manhattan and Massachusetts, and at the same time over the past 15 years, digital film projects in India, Denmark, Lithuania, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington DC and New York City.
Chris’s first feature documentary, Beyond Empires filmed in India, Denmark, and the US, was released to Australian and US television, DVD and VOD during 2014. Now, he is researching a series of untold stories of Christian influencers in Australian history from the recently published social history of Australia, The Bible in Australia, by Dr Meredith Lake. Some of the most compelling of these are indigenous people. Chris relocated from Massachusetts to Noosa Heads, in Queensland, Australia, in March 2015, with his wife, Jo, to car for elderly parents who have now passed. Jo and Chris now live in the Sydney suburb of Cammeray. Chris hones his craft in the meantime with writing projects, and commercial story telling in digital film for clients in the U.S. and Australia, while also teaching English as a second language to internationals hoping to gain Australian university entrance. And, he now enjoys the endless summer of his native east coast, its beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains, kayaking, fishing in his classic 1953 era runabout boat, dog walking and looking out for the next great story.