'Fascinating pasts' uncovered in doco

Film-makers hope to keep south's past alive

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 03/09/2013
Southland documentary
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FUNDS NEEDED: David Dudfield and Marolyn Diver are raising money to screen a series of short documentaries about southern landmarks, like the Wharf St jetty.

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Stories of southern landmarks will be preserved on film by a history-loving husband-and-wife team.

Non-fiction author Marolyn Diver and Southland Museum and Art Gallery curator David Dudfield are working on a series of mini documentaries, called A Moment Of Your Time, profiling several historical landmarks from across Southland, Otago and Fiordland.

Diver, who narrates the documentaries, said the series would feature eight landmarks with "really fascinating pasts", including Acker's Cottage on Stewart Island, Graveyard Gully near Alexandra, and Strang's coffee building in Invercargill.

The brief snapshots would help raise awareness about the sites, some of which had been almost forgotten, she said. "Some of these places are falling to bits and it's so heartbreaking to see them being ignored. If people know their history, they feel more connected to them."

The pair were completing the short films in their spare time, funding them out of their own pocket, and hoped to have the full series wrapped up in about eight months, she said.

To reach a broad southern audience, Diver and Dudfield are trying to raise $1500 to pay for television slots for the documentaries and produce an accompanying book and DVD. If the target was met and the documentaries were well received, they may film a second series, Diver said.

Donations to the project can be made at the A Moment Of Your Time crowd-funding site.

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