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What is your short film Restare Uniti about?
It’s about the 4000 or so Italians placed in
internment camps in Australia during World
War Two. It’s a significant piece of history that
hasn’t really been shared. Many Australians with
Italian heritage were sent to internment camps
for reasons of national security in the 1940s.
These people had come to Australia to find a
better life and to escape Mussolini, but instead
found themselves interned for the very politics
they had tried to escape. The short film has been
embraced by West Australians. At a screening last
year we met a lot of people with stories to share.
Director Julius Telmer has arrived from
Copenhagen and is now living with me for the
foreseeable future. We’re working full time on
pre-production for our documentary. We have
researchers and assistants working on the project
in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and we are still
looking for more people to join the team. We
are also on the lookout for people who have
a connection to the events in 1940 – not just
Italians, but also those who were around in 1940-
1945 and remember what was happening. The
research and the stories we capture on film will
give a richness to the feature-film script, which
we’ll begin when the doco is finished.
You’ re also gaining some political movement,
based on the short film.
Our documentary project was mentioned in
MP Tony Piccolo’s speech to Parliament, where
a motion was passed to acknowledge the
injustices and hardships of these camps on
Australians with Italian heritage. The move is
going to be replicated in other states this year,
and will go federal.
For more info, visit tinofilms.com .au
There’s a lot to be said for e-readers – they’re
light, they’re convenient, they allow you to
carry your entire library around with you
when you’re travelling. It’s no wonder we’re
seeing more and more of them. But for those
who haven’t already sampled the delights of
e-books, there’s another powerful reason for
switching from paper to touchscreen.
No one can tell what you’re reading.
Worried that your penchant for period
bonkbusters clashes with your outward image
as a hard-nosed corporate go-getter? Worry
no more. Desperate to read Twilight (again), but
afraid that you’ll blow your chances with
the attractive passenger who sits opposite
you on the train every morning? Not a problem.
Because with an e-reader, the latest vapid
Jersey Shore spin off could just as easily be
Love in the Time of Cholera – who’s to know
any different but you?
It’s a selling point that’s not been lost on
British book lovers. A recent survey in the UK
found that a quarter of e-book owners would
be too embarrassed to reveal what they were
reading at any given time. Worse than that, a
full 20 per cent would be so ashamed of the
books saved on their device that were it to end
up in a lost-and-found, they wouldn’t reclaim
it. That’s a big chunk of the market taking
advantage of the fact that you can no longer
judge a book by its cover.
Time to revisit that Naomi Campbell
On the back of an award-winning short film, writer and
producer Daniel Tenni is turning a little-known piece of
local history first into a documentary, then a feature film
words Melanie Hearse
Daniel Tenni supervises filming.
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