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Generators video: A graphic way to tell the story of tsunami

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Filmmaking graduate Irene Metter tells the story of journalist John Bailey, who is creating a graphic novel based on the stories of those affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

By Alix Bromley

Journalist and author John Bailey traveled with Melbourne-based children’s theatre company Polyglot to Minamisanriku in 2013, a small town in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture that was devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

In his capacity as an arts journalist, John tried to document both the experiences of people and how they were dealing with the aftermath of the tsunami. He turned to the graphic novel, as his art form of choice, working with a large range of illustrators to tell this traumatic story.

“I realised that what I can do, which is put words together, wasn’t enough to tell this story.”

In the Wake of the Wave is John’s story, as told by Irene Metter, a filmmaking graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts.”

In the Wake of the Wave is directed by Victorian College of the Arts alumna Irene Metter (MFTV 2014) and features journalist John Bailey.

Generators is a mini-documentary series that has been created through a partnership between Creative Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

The project saw VCA film and television graduates team up with artists who have received support through the VicArts Grants program to make short documentaries that go behind the scenes with artists and give an insight into their creative process.

Each week we’ll release a new film in the series in partnership with Lido Cinemas who will be showing the films on the big screen ahead of all evening screenings throughout November and into the summer period.

This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article.

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