Alison has worked in and around the media for more than 25 years as an ABC journalist and broadcaster, political media adviser, author, consultant and filmmaker. In August 2010 she established Living Stories, believing that some of the most intriguing stories may never be heard because sometimes the right questions aren’t asked. Alison is proud to have recorded some important histories since establishing Living Stories.
In 2010, she travelled to the remote indigenous community of Nyapari in north west SA to document 90 year-old artist Tiger Palpatja painting his traditional story. The resulting film is currently showing in the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) accompanying the painting that was bought by the NGV.
Alison was a recipient of the 2014 Dennis Mutton Award for excellence in community leadership presented by the Leaders Institute of SA for her work in directing and producing The Great Purple Spotted Rescue. This short film documents the work of students from Alberton Primary School in helping to save the Purple Spotted Gudgeon from extinction. The film has been accepted into three film festivals including the 2015 Topanga Film Festival (USA) and the 2015 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.
Veronica Buhagiar is an award-winning editor who has worked with Living Stories for the past two years.
In 2013 she co-directed, animated and edited a short animation called ‘Nosy, the Curious Booger’ which was accepted into the largest youth film festival in the world – the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, USA.
Veronica completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts: Screen Production Honours at Flinders University in 2014. As part of her Honours course she wrote and directed her film, ‘Hazelwood’.
In 2015 Veronica received the South Australian Screen Award for Best Editing for her work on ‘The Little Girl’, a film written and directed by one of her peers, Hannah Sitters.
Veronica has edited a number of Living Stories projects and hopes to continue building her reputation as an editor in the South Australian film industry.
April is an aspiring cinematographer who has been a camera person for Living Stories since 2014. She completed her Honours in Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen & Media) in 2014 at Flinders University, with a keen focus on cinematography.
April works as production coordinator at Living Stories looking after project logistics and administration for the business. She is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society and has filmed a number of projects for Living Stories, including The Great Purple Spotted Rescue.
Declan joined the Living Stories team in 2015 as a video editor. He graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) in 2013.
He has a passion for storytelling through video and helping people to communicate their stories in the most engaging way possible.
He is a keen film photographer and is interested in experimental video as well as having a major focus on documentary production. He enjoys creating thought provoking and intriguing films.
Declan has many hobbies and skills including fixing computers, fire spinning and music to name a few.