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Presents - Lycett and Wallis: Unlikely Preservers of Aboriginal Knowledge

Novocastrian film project, Stories of Our Town has just released a brand-new documentary, titled Lycett and Wallis: Unlikely Preservers of Aboriginal Knowledge.

The documentary focuses on the beginning of the 19th Century in one of the World’s most vicious settlements, two fractured European men started an art revolution that resulted in the preservation of vast amounts of Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge.

Before the existence of cameras, convict Joseph Lycett captured traditional Aboriginal life in Newcastle as it had existed for millennia before most of their lifestyle would be lost forever. This is a historic tale that every Novocastrian needs to know.

The documentary features the voices of local indigenous people, professional experts, and academics who share their insight into the early colony and traditional Aboriginal life. 

Produced as a part of a much larger 'Stories of Our Town' project, the series of 12 short stories will each tell a different aspect of Newcastle's history, as told by those who lived it.

These uniquely Newcastle films are being brought to life thanks to the dedication of musician, historian, director, and TV personality Glenn Dormand - aka 'Chit Chat von Loopin Stab' from Australian group Machine Gun Fellatio, and Tony Whittaker of Carnivore Films. The films are free to viewers as they want to be a gift for the city from the filmmakers.

These are not dry retellings of familiar tales. They are the stories you don’t know. The ones that make you smile, laugh out loud, shock you, make your toes curl, bring a tear to your eye, but mostly fill you with pride to call yourself a Novocastrian.

Produced in partnership with Port of Newcastle, University of Newcastle, The Newcastle Museum and Library and Art Gallery, the Real Film Festival, the Australian Museum, NBN, and the Newcastle Herald, to name a few, Glenn described the project as, 'something we can all be proud of, it’s time to present Newcastle and our stories on the International stage.'

The film will be available on the official Stories Of Our Town website. To learn more about and project and view other films in the project, such as Star Riot Hotel and the BHP Newcastle head to Stories of Our Town.

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