If things have seemed a bit quiet on here for the past while, it’s not because I’ve been sitting on my hands. A few months back I joined the team at CARE Australia.
For much of the first part of this year, however, I was working on a project for the World Bank to tell the story of their work to help connect the Pacific Islands.
To call this work revolutionary may sound like a bit of hyperbole, but it’s not far off. This is the most dispersed, most disaster-prone region on the planet. Imagine you live on a tiny island in northern Vanuatu, hundreds of kilometers from anywhere else. For years you’ve been virtually cut off, and then almost overnight, you have mobile phone reception, can afford to buy a phone, and you are now texting friends on the other side of the country.
Likewise, imagine you are a nurse in Tonga, working from a clinic in the remote north of the country. You rely on an oft-disconnected landline to order new supplies from the capital, and beyond providing basic care and medicines, you are fairly limited in the support you can provide to the thousands of people that rely on your clinic. Suddenly, hi-speed internet arrives, you can order new medicines straight away, and can have internationally-trained surgeons providing live-feed consultations to your patients.
These are the types of stories I’ve been lucky enough to help tell, which have culminated in Beyond The Wire, a film about how technology is changing lives in the Pacific.
If you do like Beyond The Wire, you can see some photos from the shoot, and I’d encourage you to check out the work of Rachael Patching, Ollie Lucks and Laura Keenan, the other hard-working members of the team that made this film happen. Behind-the-scenes, this film was one of those rare jobs where everything – planning, scripting, shooting and post – all worked beautifully. But that didn’t happen by accident; it happened through hard work by a great team with shared ideas, skills and a commitment to make a something good.
I hope you like it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.