Thursday July 29, 2010

Mosman Faces is happening!

‘Mosman Face’ Lola Dowie, a dancer with the Tivoli Follies met her future husband Francis Toohey at The Monterey at Mosman Bay in 1917. After marriage in 1919 they settled in Prince Albert Street and Francis Toohey with his father ran a successful real estate business in Mosman.

Well it’s happening for me anyway and hopefully you too will share the excitement in the not too distant future.

The first draft of the narrator’s script is written. This script will link the stories of the interviewees to the history of Mosman.

Next step is to find a narrator who can give this story the respect it deserves!

Seven ‘Faces’ chosen, with possibly two more, are ready and willing to be interviewed. These ‘faces’ link in with ‘The Barn’, still standing and originally built by Archibald Mosman for stores for his whaling industry, Richard Harnett, the first Mayor of Mosman, the artists camp at Balmoral, the Mosman Musical Society, the Mosman Cricket Club, retail business in Mosman and of course everyone’s favourite Taronga Zoo.

Donna Braye, the Local Studies Librarian, and I met the film maker this week and discussed the format of Mosman Faces. Discussions and questions on the on line film project, production of a DVD, what style did we want – documentary style with narrator or just interviews, how to incorporate objects, images and perhaps oral histories from the Local Studies Collection and of course location location location …will the interviewee be in the Library or perhaps a little more exciting in the ‘place’ that goes with the ‘face‘!

A rough timeline was created with interviews, location shots and images finalized by mid September and the editing of the interviews done by mid October.

Lots to think about in so little time but we will get there…

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