A Documentary series about Tasmanian Ghost Towns, exploring forgotten communities frozen in time.
The West Coast of Tasmania, an unforgiving landscape with hidden beauty seemingly forgotten. A blanket of mist lies over the valleys, circling the mountains. If you don’t look close enough it can easily be overlooked. The dreary rain-soaked persona of the landscape dresses in grey/blue filter, contrasted by its colourful inhabitants and a once vibrant community. The Ghost Town project has reached Tasmania drawn by its many Ghost Towns in the area, uncovering a people familiarised with loss and neglect. Collecting small stories the Project finds itself travelling on a journey through time, between those townships still breathing, and those that lay still. The people, more exposed to the effects of time than any, with different wants and wishes, tell a story about identity and purpose. Rich in history, the story scrapes the surface of the West Coast, provoking the mind to learn and discover. You will find that even in the most remote places on earth, also in those left behind, there is something human.
- A diary of lost memories -
Biography | DENNIS SAMUELSSON
The Swedish Writer/Director for the Tasmanian Ghost Town Project, Dennis Samuelsson, has been credited for on air televised events and advertisement camera work in his home country. In Australia, his focus has been crafting his skills for his true passion, documentary. Dennis has collected numerous credits on short films and documentaries, through this he has gained the confidence and experience to run a project of his own. “A Diary of Lost Memories” is his love-child and by far the most ambitious endeavour of his yet. Dennis hopes the three-part series can work as a concept piece for franchise possibilities and wishes to expand the project further.
The Tasmanian Ghost Town Project takes place in the very remote and secluded landscapes of the Tasmanian West Coast. It’s been structured into a three-part documentary series where each episode delves into an abandoned town. We explore these through the stories of its people, lending itself to the title, “A Diary of Lost Memories”. The story naturally progressed in a poetic way, a sense of melancholy was always present and was a tangible feeling to work with. It’s about the human ability to attach memories to material things, endurance, persistence and also acceptance. Each town is an empty shell for the eye, but look close enough and it’s filled with life, this is what I wanted to bring to the screen. I hope there is a moment, a memory for everyone in the audience. Something they can relate to, and carry with them. The documentary shows something different, time, laid bare. Usually something elusive, but in these places it’s something you can touch and see. In all its simplicity, it’s a very human story.
BIOGRAPHY | GABBRIELLE WARREN
Gabbrielle warren, has experience in writing and directing with a handful of short dramas up her sleeve. Recently moving in to the role of producer, she has taken on more projects expanding to the field of documentary with the completion of a piece for the West End Magazine’s online segment “4101 People”. The Ghost Town Project has been her biggest undertaking with the documentary only expanding in size and quality. For her it’s all about the learning experience as she has worked on it from the conception and research stage all the way through to its crowd funding campaign and now marketing and distribution. Now it’s all about testing the limits and engaging her passion for filmmaking.
This documentary for me is about preserving these people’s memories and the history they carry. The slow poetic pace of the film lulls the audience into the story, allowing them to breathe, step back and delve into a moment. The Lake Margaret Township is quite unique, it seems happy to be nested away in the dense rainforest, happy to decay at its own pace and manner. The story narrates itself, the characters bring the town alive making their memories of the place a tangible experience.