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CuriousWorks enables communities to tell their own stories: powerfully and sustainably. Our ultimate goal is redundancy.
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CuriousWorks enables communities to tell their own stories: powerfully and sustainably.

We’re constantly innovating the connection between art, education and technology.

We’re steadily building a future where all Australians have regular access to self-directed, compelling stories from the margins of our society.

We do not document or represent those in the margins. We give them the tools and the training to speak for themselves.

We respectfully collaborate with communities to create innovative, acclaimed artistic product that celebrates their culture.

Step by step, we’re growing a new generation of storytellers by building cutting-edge arts and media capacity in the most under-resourced places in the country. Our process empowers – rather than exploits – those communities and brings long term, positive change to lives of our storytellers.

Our ultimate goal is redundancy. Learn more about our purpose and mission here.

So what does all that mean for you? It means that you have here a sea of fresh Australian stories to dive right in to; an array of folks fostering change in every corner of the continent to meet; and a spread of tricks and tips to become a new storyteller yourself.

[WATCH] Another Australia: To get started, dive into these beautiful bursts of cinema. This journey is a collection of our favourite CuriousWorks stories.

[MEET] Another Australia: Or dig deeper and browse stories from a particular person or group – check out Curtis Taylor, Matta Media and Matt Sutton to get started!

[BUILD] Another Australia: Ready to tell stories yourself? CuriousWorks provides training and production services in filmmaking, creative online media and innovative art events for your community. Our passion is to build your capacity to tell your own story in your own way. We’ve worked with schools, councils, non-profits, businesses and individuals of every age and background, throughout the country. Click here to learn more and start building the capacity of your community to fuse the ancient power of storytelling with the contemporary power of new technologies.

Website Credits:
Build and Architecture: the Interaction Consortium
Key Assets Design: Cecelia Charlesworth
Design and Architecture: Shakthi Sivanathan

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What: Refugee Stories on Screen
When: 6pm, Friday 14th November
Where: Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre

Storytelling has a power to transform perceptions and overcome language barriers. Over the past 6 weeks CuriousWorks have been collaborating with an extraordinary group of survivors on a storytelling project. The project imparts skills in storytelling and film production and is a safe platform for the group to explore highly personal experiences and share them through film.


Image from one of the films. Police in Iran destroy satellite dishes as satellite television is banned.

What: Refugee Stories on Screen
When: 6pm, Friday 14th November
Where: Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre

Storytelling has a power to transform perceptions and overcome language barriers. Over the past 6 weeks CuriousWorks have been collaborating with an extraordinary group of survivors on a storytelling project. The project imparts skills in storytelling and film production and is a safe platform for the group to explore highly personal experiences and share them through film.

The survivors are men aged mostly in their 20′s and 30′s who for various reasons were forced to leave their home countries and seek refuge in another country. They are part of a humanitarian program provided by Settlement Services International (SSI) aimed at supporting asylum seekers to adjust to their new life in Australia. The majority of the group are on bridging visas and are not permitted to work or undertake study until until their status as a refugee has been assessed. During this time, it is projects and workshops such as these that are a lifeline to people seeking asylum in Australia.

Many of the men are dealing with trauma of the situations that forced them to leave their countries and of the horrendous conditions in which they endured on their escape. The ability to express their experiences creatively in a safe space has been a powerful tool in helping the group settle into a new life in Australia. The films cover the spectrum of the refugee experience from life under oppressive and dangerous regimes to uncertain journeys to finding joy in a country that has accepted them.

The films will be launched at a community event on Friday 14th November 6.00pm at Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre. Contact mark@curiousworks.com.au for more information.



Image from one of the films. Police in Iran destroy satellite dishes as satellite television is banned.

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Helen’s family came from Greece in the 1960′s, fleeing the occupation of their island village by the Italian army; Maria, a Samoan Princess, was sent away from her tribe as ...

The Princess and the Bird explores heartfelt comparisons of the immigration experience through the narrative of Maria and Helen.

Helen’s family came from Greece in the 1960′s, fleeing the occupation of their island village by the Italian army; Maria, a Samoan Princess, was sent away from her tribe as a child to find a better life.

Meet Helen and Maria.

Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn. Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.

At its core, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories.

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.

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What happens when a philosopher and a comedian meet for dinner? Meet Khaled and Khaled.

Meet Khaled and Khaled. Two Lebanese fellas of different generations share the migrant experience of South Western Sydney.
What happens when a philosopher and a comedian meet for dinner? How good does a kebab taste when cooked in Arab drag?

Meet Khaled. And the other Khaled. Drop any preconceptions you have around passionate, fiery Muslim men. Just dive into perhaps the most delicious – certainly the most hilarious – episode of Meet+Eat yet.

Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn. Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.

At its core, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories.

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.

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Students for Life is a heartfelt reunion between an extraordinary teacher and a gifted student, both born and bred in South Western Sydney.

Students for Life is a heartfelt reunion between an extraordinary teacher and a gifted student, both born and bred in South Western Sydney.

Despite life’s unexpected twists, both women share uncompromising hope and strength, proving that life is what you make it.

Meet Sally and Jasmine.

Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn. Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.

At its core, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories.

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.