JUNE, 2017

The Blue Mountains: a micro-documentary

So here is a vlog rather than a blog this time – my own take on the concept of micro-documentary. Typically 2-3 minutes long, these short, factual films are finding a life of their own due to the newer and more modern ways we consume video: on smartphones, tablets, and concurrently while doing other things.

This piece focuses on the rugged history of the Blue Mountain range, considered impassable by the European settlers to Australia in it’s founding days. By selecting high ground for their route, rather than going more directly through the low ground, a trio of explorers called Blaxland, Lawson, and Wentworth first crossed the range in 1813. They forever sealed their achievement by marking the ‘Explorer’s Tree’, the stump of which still stands today as a testament to the achievement.