Friends of the National Film & Sound Archive Webinar

08 October 2023 @ 1:00pm - 3:30 pm

Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive present a free webinar on 

Sunday 8 October 2023  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  – note earlier start, previously advertised as 2 PM,  now 1 PM

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Martie Lowenstein received the 2023 National Folk Fellowship from the National Library and the National Folk Festival to produce a film, with her brother, Melbourne filmmaker Richard Lowenstein

The film is a 25 minute archival documentary about the cultural history of Australia as seen through the prismatic eye of two remarkable women, oral historian Wendy Lowenstein and her close collaborator and friend, dance historian Shirley Andrews. Both strong and determined woman, passionate in their beliefs and struggling against the stereotypical roles available to women in Australia’s post-war era, and as such, are distinctive role-models for women today. It is a story told via unique archive; songs, footage, recordings, photos and audio interviews that illustrate their pivotal role in preserving what we can now term an aspect of our ‘National Soul’. Wendy & Shirley’s cultural and political journey as activists, collaborators and collectors formed in the idealistic post-war years of Melbourne’s New Theatre, and Eureka Youth League both play a key role in the formation of Australia’s seminal folk music, folklore, traditional dance, and oral history movements.

 Martie and Richard are well known oral historian author, Wendy Lowenstein’s children. Their family was immersed in social community activism, the Australian folk music revival and collecting oral history. They were both “volunteers” at the first National Folk festival in Melbourne in 1967. Martie leads several community singing groups.


To assist us to extend this 25 min documentary (mostly an unpaid effort) into a feature length are most welcome at Documentary Australia Website

We are also doing an in person showing at Trades Hall on 27th Sept.

Richard Lowenstein is known for his recent feature film, “Mystify” about Micheal Hutchence and his cult film about Melbourne’s post-punk era.

Mystify: Michael Hutchence

INXS: Need You Tonight/Mediate

Martie Lowenstein . Mobile 0415320295
Community Singing Leader /Historian / Occ. Therapist
“The only thing better than singing is more singing!”  Ella Fitzgerald 


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