Mick and Mary Worley had a circus in South Australia. Mick was the ringmaster and Mary was the bareback horse rider. That was until they had 14 children. They offered thrills and spills to audiences in the 1920s and early 1930s until the Depression hit when much to Mick’s heartbreak he had to sell the animals because he couldn’t afford to feed them. After World War Two Mick went into the carnival sideshow business. His grandchildren wanted to find out more about those days and approached Living Stories to talk to some of the Worley children to document the stories of the circus and sideshow days.
Peter Worley was diagnosed with cancer and with a big operation on the cards no one was sure what the future held. His wife Erica decided some of his many stories of his days working on carnival sideshows needed to be documented as well as Peter’s recollections of life in general. Fortunately Peter came through the operation and is well on the road to recovery.
Some of David’s friends wanted to document his life as part of his 80th birthday celebrations. David’s ever inquiring mind has led him on many journeys including becoming one of South Australia’s most respected social work practitioners. David believes his Living Story will give his grandchildren a valuable insight into his life.
Tiger Palpatja is one of the APY lands’ most respected artists. Living Stories was commissioned to travel to the community of Nyapari by Tjungu Palya arts centre to document the artists. One of the stories that emerged was of Tiger creating a painting of his traditional story “Piltati Tjukurpa” and telling his story in language. The resulting film screened in the National Gallery of Victoria as part of its ‘Living Water’ exhibition in 2011.
The Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide wanted to create some short films highlighting the research being undertaken by the Institute. The aim was to increase understanding of the work the Institute does tackling some of the world’s big environmental problems from species extinction to drought and climate change. Living Stories has developed a series of short pieces for the Environment Institute’s website and YouTube to raise awareness and understanding of the Institute.