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Janine BORELAND

Year of Award: 2011 Award State: Western Australia Multimedia > Television And Film
To research American models of multimedia storytelling projects for communities - USA,Canada, UK
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Western Australian, Janine Boreland, whose Fellowship took her to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to investigate multimedia storytelling projects for communities in 2011 quotes Ursula Le Guin in her report: ‘There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.’

In Berkeley, California, Janine undertook the Facilitator Training course to teach digital storytelling workshops to community groups. She learned that strong narratives are universal and that they will survive adaptation to new forms of technology, such as iPads, the Internet and mobile phones.

Janine quotes towering figure of American scriptwriting, Robert McKee: ‘Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.’ What makes a good story for Janine Borland is focusing on traditional storytelling with new technologies, and giving those in the margins a voice.

Excerpt from “Inspiring Australians” written by Penny Hanley (2015)

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