Tura Tura, Hungary

Tura – the melting pot of many talents, passions and obsessions In 2012 Peter Hegedus was the filmmaker in residence for BIG STORIES SMALL TOWNS documentary series in Beaudesert, Queensland. Given Peter’s connections to Eastern Europe, a plan has been devised in collaboration with BIG STORIES CO producer Martin Potter to take the model of BIG STORIES SMALL TOWNS to Hungary. To make this plan a reality, as an academic at Griffith Film School in Brisbane, Peter received a research grant that allowed him to bring together Master students from Brisbane Australia to collaborate with Master students from the Hungarian Film School in Budapest for the creation of short documentaries under the umbrella of BIG STORIES SMALL TOWNS. Two months later Peter and his researcher Miklos Tomory located the town of Tura 1 hour drive from Budapest in Hungary. Tura a town of roughly 8000 people, stood out from many of the other small towns in Hungary. Over a 10 day residency in Tura and with strong support from the local cultural foundation, Peter worked with students from Australia and Hungary to produce numerous short documentaries with and about the community.The town prides itself of a cultural resurgence with a number of locals being passionate and vocal about their art, music, love for strudel making and even hunting. There is also a deep seated sense of history that spans generations and informs the way people view their lives and their futures.
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