End of an Era film opens this weekend.
The new documentary shares personal insights into the end of an era.
Forty years have now passed since the closure of Australia’s last whaling station in November 1978. However, the memories of that final year remain strong with many in the Albany community. It is these memories and personal insights that feature in a new documentary film exhibit End of an Era, which opens at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station this weekend.
Discover what the final year was like from the perspective of three past whalers, Robert Reeby, Stuart Clements, Colin Westerberg and 1978 protester, Ellie Cameron. Hear their stories and experience Albany's whaling history in this new and unique exhibit, unlike any of the other exhibits currently on the Historic Whaling Station site.
Perth based Director and Producer Michelle Bunting was inspired to create this documentary in the lead up to the 40th Anniversary last year and approached the Historic Whaling Station with the concept. "The closure of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company in 1978 became a defining moment in Australian history. Forty years later, it was a privilege to document the experiences of former whalers and a local Albany resident involved in the protests at the station", Ms Bunting shared.
"Through their stories we see that history is complicated, rarely straightforward and never one-sided."
Film editor and grader Luke Griffiths joined Ms Bunting to develop this short documentary film and between them have created something that truly brings the stories of Albany's diverse history to life. "I cherished every moment of my research calls with each contributor and will always be grateful for the trust they put in Luke and I to help tell their stories", Ms Bunting shared.
The documentary film will be on display within the recently renovated Panorama Tower exhibition space at the Historic Whaling Station. The Panorama Tower is an original whale oil storage tank which was converted to house a spiraling gallery that documents the history of the CBWC and those who worked there. During the 40th Anniversary commemorations on 21st November 2018, new CBWC employee name boards were launched in the upper story of this exhibition space by The Mayor of Albany, Mr Dennis Wellington.
Albany’s Historic Whaling Station's General Manager, Elise van Gorp, shared that "…we are delighted to offer this unique footage as an exhibit that captures so intimately and perceptively some of the lives of people who were involved in the last operational days of the former whaling station."
From 9am Saturday 26th January the End of an Era exhibit will be open to the public to explore as part of the Historic Whaling Station experience.
For further information on this and any other Historic Whaling Station exhibits please call the station on 9844 4021.