Old tales set to bring new lessons

Footscray-based creative producer Kathleen Reynolds is aiming to tell the stories of elderly people throughout the west as part of plans for a new series. (Joe Mastroianni). 291677_01

Footscray-based creative producer Kathleen Reynolds is reaching out to older people throughout the west, such as those in Wyndham, to come forward to tell the stories of their lives so far, as part of a new creative project.

Aiming to attract about 10 people over the age of 75, the project will capture a series of intimate interviews focusing on general themes, such as love and regrets.

Ms Reynolds said she wants to encourage younger people to not neglect or discredit older people and value their stories.

“We can listen and learn from older people,” she said.

“They have lived through all the challenges that we are living through.

“Everyone has the right to preserve their story.”

Ms Reynolds said is hoping the project will highlight ongoing issues for the elderly community, such as financial abuse and physical abuse.

She said the project will allow her to bring the skills she has acquired working within the advertising industry to respectfully capture the stories.

“My love and passion has always skewed towards highlighting interesting stories,” Ms Reynolds said.

She said she is hoping to screen the project at a special screening for the west and then broaden the project beyond the western suburbs of Melbourne.

If you are interested in telling your story, contact Ms Reynolds at kathleen@spittingimageproductions.com.au.

Matthew Sims