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ACMI designed and developed Generator with funding from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s FUSE project. This content can be also found within the FUSE portal: FUSE enables teachers to Find, Use and Share quality Education resources. Victorian government school teachers can log in using their edumail address to access extra content and features.

ACMI Screen Education has been working in Screen Literacy for over 20 years. ACMI education programs are predicated on a creative practitioner model that create deep and engaging learning spaces that empower young people to be active producers of innovative digital content. The team has experience across all levels of education from primary and secondary schools to universities.

ACMI Screen Education designed and developed all educational content. ACMI's Screen Education's Digital Producer led the project’s digital design, development and delivery. 

ACMI Management Consultant Group: Head of Public Programs, Gael McIndoe; Screen Education Manager, Brett McLennan; Screen Events Manager, Helen Simondson; Head of Media Technology, Michael Parry; Head of ICT, Paul Cuthbert; Marketing Manager: Alison Milfull; Web Content Producer: Tony Hood; Head of Design: Kat Mew.

Educational Writers and Consultants: Brett McLennan, Fiona Jewell, Susan Bye, Bianca Venturi, Christine Evely, Vyvyan Stranieri, Vincent Trundle, Holly Loughren.

Digital Producer: Sara Cousins

Research and Production: Richard Greenhalgh, Kate Matthews
Online Developer/Systems Administrator: Luke Mayberry
Cataloguing: Kate Matthews
Copyright Clearance and Legals: Ronan MacEwan, Emma Page Campbell
Copyediting: Meredith Lewis

Storyboard Generator: Brett McLennan, Vincent Trundle, Vyvyan Stranieri, Christine Evely (Education Consultants), Sara Cousins (Digital Producer), Brendan Tolley (Storyboards and Creative Direction), Gary Simmons (Scriptwriter), Ben McGill (Illustrator)

Project Digital Agency: Monkii, leading Melbourne-based digital agency specialising in web design, web development, social media strategy and flash technology.

Screen Worlds

Screen Worlds, the Story of Film, Television and Digital Culture, tells the remarkable story of the moving image - a vibrant biography that explores its past, present and future.

ACMI Digital Storytelling Program

Many of the digital stories showcased in the Generator Video Gallery have been produced as a result of ongoing funded partner programs and the ACMI Digital Storytelling Public Program. For more information about Digital Storytelling at ACMI, visit

Bonegilla: Transiting to Australia

Vic Health, funding.

Celebrations of People and Place: East Reservoir Neighbourhood Renewal

East Resevoir Neighbourhood Renewal, partner.

Diversity@work: Stories of Diversity

Diversity@work Australia Inc, funding; Made in association with Diversity @ Work, AMES, Australia Post and SBS

Houses, Homes and Neighbourhood: La Trobe Valley Neighbourhood Renewal Project

Victoria. Department of Human Services, funding.

In Our Words: Stories from Victorian Veterans

In Our Words, Stories of Victorian Veterans is a project that captures and preserves the unique stories of Victoria's veteran community, from those who have experienced World War II and conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Malaya and Borneo, through to peacemaking, peacekeeping and current conflicts. Department of Planning and Community Development, partner; Shrine of Remembrance, partner; Victorian Veterans Council, support.

Indigenous Youth Leadership Programme Scholars

The Foundation for Young Australians, partner; Indigenous Youth Leadership Programme, partner; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, partner.

One Past Eight Futures

Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, partner; Foundation for Young Australians, partner; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, partner.

Living with Disaster: Stories and Experiences from Disaster

Living with Disaster: Stories and Experiences from Disaster
This project recounts the stories of eighteen young people involved and
affected by Natural Disasters across the country including the severe storm and
subsequent flooding in Lennox Heads and Ballina in NSW, 2010, the Black
Saturday bushfires in Victoria 2009, and flooding near Newcastle, NSW in
2007. The stories are powerful evocations of young people dealing with the
experiences of disaster. The project was developed as part of the Attorney-General's Department Emergency Management For Schools education program. Department of the Attorney-General, partner.

Memories of Moomba

City of Melbourne, support; Moomba Waterfest, support; Tattersalls, support.

Memory and Place

Vic Health, funding; Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, partner.

Men’s Voices: Stories from Indigenous Men

Mens Line Australia, partner.

Our Stories

RMIT, partner.

Pitcha This: Stories from the Windy Wanderers

SistaGirl Productions, partner; VicHealth, partner; Arts for Health, partner.

Pitcha This: Youth Telling Stories

SistaGirl Productions, partner; Vic Health, sponsor

Pride, Diversity and Community

Vic Health, funding

Racconti: Italo Australian Stories

FILEF - Italian Federation of Migrant Workers and their Families, co-ordinator.

Recovering Hope

Vic Health, sponsor; Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House, partner.

Sharing Stories

RuralAccess, partner; Wellington Shire Council, partner; Department of Human Services, partner.

Voices from the Riverlands

Vic Health, funding; Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, partner.

Tell me a Story: ACMI Train the Trainer Program

Tuggeranong Arts; partner.

Telling Tales: Arts Access Art Day South Project

Arts Access, organiser; Vic Health, funding; Victoria. Dept. of Human Services, funding.

Us Mob

Koorie Heritage Trust, partner; Arts Victoria, support

Western Stories: Expressions for the Future

ACMI, production facilities; Western Chances, funding.

When Deaf Minds Travel

Vicdeaf, funding

Blak Wave Interviews produced by SistaGirl Productions

The Blak Wave interviews with Warwick Thornton, Rachel Perkins, Darlene Johnson, Beck Cole and Ivan Sen celebrate, investigates and explores the moving image, both contemporary and historical, from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. The interviews take as their primary focus the extraordinary works produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers and artists.

ACMI in the Regions

ACMI has been actively working with towns across regional Victoria with funding support from Arts Victoria’s Major Touring Initiative. ACMI interviews, films, edits and screens unique and high quality mini-documentaries that showcase and celebrate local stories.

ACMI's approach is unique in that it involves the local residents in regional areas, helping them to document their histories and capture their own stories about life in their towns. All the mini-documentaries made from this process are added to ACMI’S extensive permanent collection of stories as a growing archive of documenting life in the regions.

Stories from Maffra

Maffra in south-eastern Victoria hosted the Small Towns Summit in August 2009. ACMI travelled to Maffra and created three films showcasing the unique richness of this small town. From cheese makers to alpaca farmers the films portray a confident and thriving town. Arts Victoria, partner; Shire of Wellington, partner.

Remembering Culgoa Primary School

The Culgoa Primary School closed its doors for the last time in 2008 after over 100 years of service. This film captures moments from a reunion celebrating times past. The town and its people are evidence of the strength and fragility of modern day living in small rural towns. Shire of Buloke, partner; Arts Victoria, partner.

Stories from Campaspe

Campaspe Shire is located 180 km directly north of Melbourne. In 2009, ACMI travelled to the towns of Colbinabbin, Gunbower and Nanneella creating films that feature farmers, primary school kids, a winery, a bushland reserve, an old butter factory, a swamp, a family heritage home right on the Murray River, as well as four generations of the one family, highlights from a town event, a tour of Colbinabbin and the local characters at football training. Shire of Campaspe, partner; Arts Victoria, partner.

Stories from Gippsland

South Gippsland Shire is located in south-eastern Victoria. ACMI travelled to the towns of Meeniyan, Mirboo North, Mt Best and the town cluster of Bena, Nyora, Poowong and Loch. Twelve films were produced ranging from stories about artists, volunteers and community singers to junior fire fighters and hard working farmers. Arts Victoria, support.

Donors to Free Media Library

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following donors to the ACMI collection, who have donated images and footage for others to re-use and share with the Generator community:

Daley collection

Fred Daley was an accomplished amateur filmmaker with a passion for Australian steam locomotive history. Family holidays centred around trips to and on historic railways throughout the country. Shot on 8mm, the legacy of Fred's  films are now available for all to be seen thanks to the generosity of his son Neville's donation of the films to the ACMI Collection.

Nicoll collection

Alex Nicoll was a dab  hand at filming everyday life with his suburban Melbourne family. These home movies, shot on 16mm, cover the period from the late 1930's to the 1970's and represent the lives and recreational pursuits of the family. His son, Mac Nicoll, kindly donated this slice of Australian life to the ACMI Collection in 2008. 

Agapitos collection

A collection of 16mm film of migrant life in Victoria from 1950 to 1970s. Tony Agapitos was a cinematographer and director and the collection of films spans the arrival of Greek migrants in Port Melbourne in the 1960s; Greek Australian cultural celebrations; film of Australian entertainers and rock musicians in the 1960s; the arrival of Gough Whitlam at the Fitzroy Town Hall in 1975.

Individual Donors

We would like to thank the following individuals who have also donated photos and video footage: George Pappas, Kate Matthews, Richard Greenhalgh, Titian Bartlau, Michael Ung, David Meagher, Kerrily Jeffery, David Adams, Sara Cousins, Lucy Cousins, Ian Cousins, Kerry-Anne Cousins, Kym Levett, Cliff Richard, Bill Hosking, Douglas McLean, Bill Flowers, Alf Argent, Allan Martin, Bill Goodes, Doss Jenkins, Jessie Perkins, Jim Dickson, Jim Willox, Jock McAuley, Norm Smithells, Peter Isaacson, Phyllis Lindsay, Boyd Clark Thomas, May Donovan, John Johnstone, Joan Rossi, Keith Johnstone, Jean King, Brian Luscombe, Belle Willox, Jean Parry,  Beaumaris Bowls Club, Elaine Klomki.