Australian Documentaries, and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney have partnered for Water Stories: the first online collaborative documentary making process in the world.

Water Stories is funded by the Water in The Landscape Program, run by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).  The documentary will be directed by award winning documentary maker, Sascha Ettinger Epstein.  The Water Stories documentary will voice water issues that are most concerning, or ideas that are most inspiring, to Western Sydney-siders.

The film will be submitted to film festivals around the world – and to finish with a big bang! –  a red carpet event will be held in Western Sydney to celebrate this world-first, participatory and professionally produced documentary.

The ARRC is watching this project with interest as it may well be an approach that could be used in other parts of Australia.  If you want to keep track of the project follow their website, and to learn more about the range of terrific community art, drama and storytelling projects being funded through the Water in the Landscape Program, click here.