Water Features: Museum of Water Short Documentary Project

What water is important to you? A dripping tap. A blow-up swimming pool. A dried up salt-lake.

Perth Festival is working with secondary students in years 9, 10, 11 or 12 to make short documentary films that respond to ‘water that is important to you’


In Term 4 2017, Perth Festival will work with high school students in Western Australian schools to create six 3-minute documentary films.

Presented with the generous support of Screenwest, this project is a part of a two-year collaboration with UK artist Amy Sharrocks, which highlights in a very personal way the importance of water to all of our lives.

The project will bring together teams of year 9, 10, 11 and/or 12 students with a Producer and Director of Photography. These teams will each create a 2–3 minute documentary film in response to the provocation ‘water that is important to you’ with creative and fresh factual approaches. The completed films will be screened before Perth Festival’s curated Lotterywest Films during February and March, and will be included in the Museum of Water exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre.

Students will work with the producer to develop, shoot and begin editing their film over a single week in summer 2017/18. They will build film-making skills through a series of intensive workshops that will facilitate collaboration between students and producer, making space for discussion, conversation and learning. Students will develop their understandings of storytelling, investigation, research, interviewing, editing, and sound-design, as they work through stages of documentary film-making.

The purpose of the project is to explore distinctly Western Australian stories told by the voices of diverse young Western Australians.

Look out for these short documentaries in the 2018 Perth Festival!