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Sean’s stories to battle negative news

Sean Bahr-Kelly talks about his project to create video postcards

2 Mar 2017
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For the last five years, 22-year-old Sean Bahr-Kelly has spent his time travelling the Barkly Region in the NT, capturing and sharing the stories of its residents.

As a Tennant Creek local himself, Sean was disheartened by the negative news his town suffered from. It made him want to leave.

“As a teenager, I lived in a burnt-out house for three years. The house was missing so many parts it would get constantly broken into,” Sean said.

“I was ready to move on, go somewhere new and less remote, when I found a mentor and joined Barkly Regional Arts on a media training program.”

After six months of learning video production and multimedia, Sean set out with Media Mob on a new digital postcards project.

He began visiting towns in the region, connecting with people on a personal level and asking them to tell their stories on camera.

“It made me realise that I actually lived someone amazing,” Sean said.

“The people and the towns in my region lifted me up. I started thinking about how the media can give us a negative identity.

“Since these stories were making me feel good about myself and my home, I thought they could do the same for others, so I made them to counteract bad news with positive, personal stories.”

Sean is constantly inspired by the people in his region and plans to train others in media skills so others can create pride through telling stories of strength and resilience.

Watch the video postcards on the Media Mob Vimeo page.

And watch Sean talk passionately about his job and his town on Youtube.

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Sean filmed the video postcards as a part of Media Mob. They were supported by a FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant.

Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) is supported by the Australian Government. BRA currently provides 50 annual programs or projects to over 800 artists throughout the Barkly region.

The Commonwealth Government supports a range of projects that strengthen Indigenous language and showcase traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expression.

More information about the program and organisations funded is available from the Arts website