About Us

Local Stories, Global Impact

Big Stories, Small Towns is an evolving multiplatform documentary project launched in 2008.

Big Stories, Small Towns is a unique model of community engagement and participation. Professional filmmakers live in a small town and work with local people to bring their stories to the screen. The project is shaped through extensive local consultation and participation to create stories made by both filmmakers and community members - full of love, humour, family and belonging. Through workshops, exhibitions and screenings we use the storymaking process and stories as a catalyst for discussion, reflection and inspiration.

Big Stories focuses on those caring for and creating their own community. On this website we aim to build a diverse and inspiring global portrait of country life and to showcase some of the extraordinary tales of resilience and innovation of the small towns we've visited.

Every community has a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven from a thousand stories

We work with small communities and talented, passionate filmmakers who share our values and vision. If you'd like to be a part of the project please email martin@bigstories.com.au

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Big Stories is financed in association with Media Resource Centre, the South Australian Film Corporation, Strathewen Community Renewal Association and Country Arts SA. Financed with assistance of Screen Australia's National Documentary Program. Big Stories Co. acknowledges the support of Screen Australia's Enterprise Asia Program.


Creative Director, Filmmaker in Residence and Producer

Martin Potter


Anna Grieve

Filmmakers in Residence, Coober Pedy, Port Augusta, Raukkan and Murray Bridge

Jeni Lee, Sieh Mchawala

Filmmaker in Residence, Banlung

Koam Chanrasmey

Filmmaker in Residence, Strathewen

Celeste Geer

Filmmaker in Residence, Beaudesert

Peter Hegedus

Filmmaker in Residence, Raja Ampat

Enrico Aditjondro

Filmmakers in Residence, Cowra

Stephen Best, Jenny Ainge

Filmmaker in Residence, Bongkud-Namaus

Nadira Ilana

Co-Producer, Beaudesert

Samantha Ryan


SxSW Interactive, 2012, Community Champion

South Australian Screen Awards, 2012, Innovation in Digital Media

Japan Prize, 2013, Finalist


Financed with assistance of Screen Australia.

Originally developed in association with the Media Resource Centre Inc. and South Australian Film Corporation and Country Arts SA.


Local Content Producer, Beaudesert

Elijah Cavanagh

Local Content Producers, Raukkan

Victor Koolmatrie, Vernon Walker

Local Content Producers, Murray Bridge

Kelvin Kelly, Ken Wells

Local Content Producers, Banlung

Lam Suot, Ang Yung

Production Assistant, Strathewen

Daniel Koerner

Local Content Producer, Strathewen

Phillip Mitchell

Editor, Port Augusta, Murray Bridge and Raukkan

David Ngo

Editors, Banlung

Ramón Sánchez Orense

Sok Chan Veasna

Editor, Strathewen

Sioux Currie - Little Big Works

Additional editing

Martin Potter, Koam Chanrasmey, Jeni Lee, Sieh Mchawala, Andrew Clark, Mietta Barling

Interactive Production Company

Freerange Future

Post Facilities

The Cutting Room

Sound Design & Mixers

Michael Darren (Pt Augusta), Thomas Harrer

Original Music

Andy Evans, Michael Goodfellow, Jai Lee-Lunghi, Martin Potter, Jimmy Rankine & Rough Image, Jason Sweeney, Harry Whizkid, Tom Harrer, Brett Aplin, Jamie Evans, Dexter Britain, Bosques di mi Mente, Gillicuddy

Strathewen Archival Photos

Bronwyn Apted, Ray Mann, the Mitchell Family, the Horne Family, Steve Pascoe, Malcolm Hackett, Diana Robertson, Celeste Geer, Angela Apted, the McKimmie Family, Laurie Nelson, the Tully Family

Strathewen Photos

Donna Todd, James Geer, Martin Potter, Mary Avola

Murray Bridge "Oldies" stories produced with the Friends of the Murray Bridge Public Library Inc

"The Oldies" Interviewers

Ann Hughes and Jean Filmer with Audrey Thomas, Laurel Warneke, Lee Lyons and June Bowyer

"The Oldies" Digital compilers

Ann Hughes and Audrey Thomas

"The Oldies" Transcriptions

Ann Hughes, Jean Filmer, Carol Turner and Chrissie Dodd

"The Oldies" Co-ordinator

Ann Hughes

"The Oldies" was produced with the support of the South Australian State Library Technology Branch

In Murray Bridge thanks to

Murray Bridge Council, Country Arts SA, Ripples Office Murray Bridge, Steve Sumner, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, Clyde Rigney Jnr., Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, Di Gordon, Lakalinjeri Tumbetin Waal (LTW), Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club, Kalparrin, Murray Bridge International Photographer's Club, Uccello Cafe, Murray Bridge Historical Society, Lutheran Community Care, Max and Jacqui Merkenschlager, Nayano Taylor- Neumann

In Raukkan thanks to

Raukkan Community Council, Derek Walker, Clyde Rigney Snr., Clyde Rigney Jnr, Rose Rigney, Verna Koolmatrie and all the residents of Raukkan

In Banlung thanks to

Non Timber Forest Products, Long Serey and all NTFP staff and board, Jocelyn Pederick, Ben Pederick and Good Morning Beautiful Films, Graeme Brown, Forest Mountain Voices, Ginny Lee, Alex Rodriguez and April at Health Unlimited, Isabel Rojo-Gonzalez at UNESCO, Nathalie Lahet and Ignacio Torres Tamayo at ASAD, Dam Chanthy at Highlander's Association, Phnom Village, Lunn Village, Ang Family, Uk Chantuok and family, Paul Humphrey at 3SPN, Gaetan Crespel and Julien Roumy at Bophana Centre, Eleanor Loudon at Australian Volunteers International, Sophal Sorn, Youthana Kong and Treetops Ecolodge

In Strathewen

Big Stories gratefully acknowledges Rebel Films and Celeste Geer for granting a limited licence to show excerpts from their documentary Then The Wind Changed and supplying additional footage on this website.

Many thanks to the members of Strathewen Community Renewal Association for their assistance in realizing this project.

The Strathewen community gratefully acknowledges the generosity of donors to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund which made this project possible.

Big Stories wishes to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors that this website may contain images or names of deceased people.