Malcolm McKinnon is an Australian artist and filmmaker working mainly in rural communities. Over the past 15 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular.
Born Melbourne, Australia 1962
Lives and works in Melbourne and in Pekina (South Australia)
Film & multi-media projects (selected):
• History SA and Country Arts SA: “Telling Our Stories”– series of short films informed by historical research about particular historical legacies within the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, 2012 – 2013.
• Heritage Victoria and Wimmera Regional Library: series of three short films celebrating particular industrial legacies at Nhill, Dimboola and Murtoa, 2012. See:
• “Seriously Singing”: A half-hour film interpreting the story of a small town choir achieving national acclaim from improbable beginnings. (Broadcast on ABC Television 2011. For info see: http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2011/05/09/3211747.htm)
• “Stories of the Goldfields”: Two films relating stories triggered by remarkable collections in local museums in the central Victorian Goldfields, produced for the Culture Victoria web-site.
• Reconciliation South Australia: “For Love of Country” – a short film relating the experiences of South Australian military veterans of Aboriginal descent. 2011.
• South West Arts: “Hit me on the head with a raindrop” – a short film testifying to the resilience of the community of Moulamein, a small town in the Riverina region of NSW. 2011 See: http://acreart.wordpress.com/film-commissions/
• Regional Arts Victoria: “Illuminated by Fire”: a project interpreting and presenting personal stories about living with fire in the most bushfire-prone region on earth, 2010 / 2011, See: http://www.rav.net.au/storyboard/blog/films
• Yarra Ranges Regional Museum: “Edith’s Lyrebird” - A re-telling of the story of an unlikely relationship between a male lyrebird and a stout widow in the Dandenongs, on the edge of Melbourne, in the 1930s. Developed in collaboration with Jackie Kerin, 2010. See: http://www.jackiekerin.com.au/stories.html
• Heritage Victoria: St Kilda - from riches to rags and back again - Pod-tour providing insights to the architectural and social history of St Kilda, 2010. See http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/heritage/projects-and-programs/multimedia/st-kilda-walking-tour
• City of Melbourne: “From Melbourne with Love” – short film presenting stories of gifts that have been given by city envoys within the context of cultural exchange and civic formalities, for presentation at City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall, 2010. See: https://vimeo.com/12418514
• City of Greater Geelong : “Memory Bank” - ongoing project to record personal stories of changing places across Geelong and surrounding areas, (2008 – 2010). See http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/connectingidentities/ and http://www.murmurgeelong.com/
• Environment Victoria and the Murray Darling Basin Commission: “Gunbower-Koondrook-Pericoota Storylines" and "Hattah Storylines “ - digital storytelling projects to collect and disseminate personal stories of connection with iconic Murray River wetlands in north-west Victoria, 2008-2009.
• Marree Arabunna People's Committee: “Growing Up Two Ways” – creation of six short films recording stories of life at Finniss Springs Aboriginal Mission (in collaboration with Reg Dodd), (2007 – 2008)
• Heritage Victoria : “Viewbank” – a web-based interpretation of the archaeological excavation of a colonial homestead in suburban Melbourne (in collaboration with Tribal Media), (2008).
• Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery & Museum: “Validating Women's Work in a New Nation” – short film interpreting the significance of the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work staged in Melbourne in 1907 (2008)
• South Australian History Trust: “Making Cars @ Tonsley Park” – short film documenting the closure of the Mitsubishi car manufacturing plant in Adelaide, produced for exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Adelaide, (2008). See http://www.history.sa.gov.au/motor/mitsubishifilm.html
• Hupcap Productions & Asbestos Diseases Society of Victoria – creation of short films and other screen content for “Dust”, a theatrical performance about asbestos, disease and corporate responsibility (in collaboration with Donna Jackson), (2007 – 2008). See http://www.hubcapproductions.com.au/projects/20Dust/index.html
• South Australian History Trust and Australian Department of Veteran's Affairs: ”Defining Times” – short film presenting South Australian stories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, (2008)
• Nowa Nowa Community Development Group: “Precious Little” – a short film about the culture of gleaning, improvising and making do in a small community in East Gippsland, Victoria, (2007). See http://redtractorart.com.au/preciouslittle/precious.htm
• Mildura Arts Centre and Museum Victoria: “Blandowski's Specimens” – short film about the legacies from an 1857 scientific expedition to the Murray and Darling Rivers, (2007)
• Victorian Country Football League and State Library of Victoria: “Football Stories from Country Victoria” – artist in residence project producing short films and multi-media material for on-line exhibition, (2006 – 2007).
• Melbourne Workers Theatre and CFMEU (Victoria): “We Built This City” – video work presenting stories by building industry workers, for presentation within large-scale performance event, (2005-2006).
• Mildura Rural City Council: “Inspirational Feats” – creation of six short films about sporting heroes past and present from across the Sunraysia and Mallee. A community project and touring exhibition for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, (2006). See http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/mallee-sporting-heroes/
• Nukunu Peoples' Council and Melrose & Districts History Society - “Nukunu: Stories of Heritage & Identity”, a collaborative project to create a series of short films and related interpretive materials for permanent exhibition at Melrose Museum & Heritage Centre, (2004 – 2006)
• Murray Arts Inc: “Stories of the Upper Murray” – project with community museums and local filmmakers in north-east Victoria, producing series of short films inspired by significant historic artefacts, sites and events, (2005) See http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/but-thats-another-story/
• Northern Regional Development Board & Marree Arabunna People's Committee, SA: “Living Two Ways” – series of short films for permanent exhibition at Marree Arabunna Museum, (2004). See: http://www.arabunnatours.com.au/arabunna.html
• Regional Arts Victoria & Horsham Agricultural Society: “Show Stories” – series of short films for presentation at “Meeting Place” national regional arts conference, Horsham (2004)
• Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery & AusBulk Ltd, SA: “Talking Silos” – project with farmers and grain industry bodies leading to public art projection events and multi-media exhibition, (2003 – 2005)
• Mackay Regional Tourism & Development Board: “Stepping Out of the Shadows”, a short documentary for permanent exhibition at the Australian South Sea Islander Meeting House, (2002)
Curatorial projects (selected):
• Centenary of Canberra: “One River”, a multi-faceted project telling stories about the rivers of the Murray Darling Basin across various localities, including the national capital, 2012 - 2013. See: http://oneriver.com.au
• City of Greater Geelong: “Memory Bank”, an exhibition and web-site presenting personal stories of change across a range of Geelong localities, National Wool Museum, Geelong, 2008
• City of Melbourne : “Walk, Talk & Chalk”, an exhibition about the history and culture of parking enforcement, presented at City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall, 2007
• Horsham Regional Arts Association: Editor of book Dam Fine Yarms , a community writing project engaging communities across the Wimmera and Mallee, 2005
• Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne: “Memory and Place” project, sourcing material for permanent multi-media installation in ACMI Screen Lounge, 2002
• Marree Arabunna Peoples' Committee: Touring photographic exhibition “Working Together – Stories of Aboriginal Involvement in the Overland Telegraph & the Old Ghan Railway”. (Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute and other venues.) Collaboration with Reg Dodd, 2001
• Adelaide Festival of Arts: “Essential Truths, Readily to Hand”, a multi-venue project for the 2000 Adelaide Festival (curatorial collaboration with Reg Lynch), 1999 - 2000
• “Memory & Place”: inclusion of seven short films for exhibition at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2005
• “Talking Silos”: exhibition of films, photo-works and artefacts at Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery SA, 2004
• “Triggered Stories”: exhibition of films and artefacts at Horsham Regional Art Gallery VIC, 2003
• “Home Paddock”: Solo show at Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, 1999
• "Recent paintings": Solo show touring regional South Australia, SA Touring Exhibition Program, 1996 - 1997
• "Strange Pastures": Solo show at Tamworth City Gallery NSW (associated with Artist in Residence project for Tamworth Festival of Country Music), 1996
• "Potato Head": Solo show at Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, 1995