Helen Goltz and Chris Adams

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Grave Tales Original Series #1

Ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events feature in the first ‘Grave Tales’ video series of ten x 10-minute episodes.

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The ‘Grave Tales’ series features stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

Based on the award-winning books, explore what happened on the streets we still walk on, the houses we still live in, the places we see around us every day.

Join the hosts as they bring to life with authentic images, effects, re-enactments and on-location shoots, the stories that are too good to be laid to rest.

The first series of ten episodes of 10 minutes will be free to view on YouTube and be live in early 2020. It will be produced by Duane Strauss and his team from Supergood Productions. Duane has produced many television documentary series while working for the Seven and Ten television networks.

As a nation we are in awe of heroes; as viewers, we love to be caught up in a mystery or adventure; and it is part of the Australian culture to love a character and a person who ‘has a go’. ‘Grave Tales’ capture these stories.

The ‘Grave Tales’ stories have enjoyed wide appeal by applying the voices of today to the yesteryear.

For example, learn how and why Louis Bandt designed the ute… if it wasn’t for a farmer’s wife, we might not have the car we love today. Find out what became of the only two survivors of the Loch Ard wreck—Eva and Tom—that everyone wanted to see married but what stopped them? In an attempt to make a dollar during the depression by featuring a huge shark at the Coogee Aquarium, the owner got a little more publicity than he bargained for… what did the shark spit up that prompted one of the nation’s most bizarre murder inquiries? And hear about the black Australian boxer who was refused the right to fight the heavyweight titleholder because of his colour. His grave bears the inscription: ‘This was a man’, showing the admiration of a nation.

All of these people have one thing in – they rest in cemeteries Australia-wide. Time has not made their extraordinary battles and obstacles less relevant today. Be part of bringing these great tales to life on video.

We are working to a tight budget and donations will assist with the making of ten x 10-minute episodes, available free to view on YouTube. All donors over $1000 will have their name featured at the end of each episode. We welcome sponsorship discussions.

To find out more about the Grave Tales series, please visit:

The website: www.gravetales.com.au
Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/grave-tales-australia-the-series/id1434500488?mt=2
YouTube: www.youtube.com/gravetales

Some of our reviews for the book series:
• ‘A rollicking read.’ Sarah Harris, Studio 10
• ‘Intriguing lives and lasting resting places are documented.’ The Sunday Mail
• ‘What they’ve uncovered is like like something out of a movie.’ Chris Smith, Macquarie Media.

Helen Goltz is the author of nine fiction and six non-fiction titles, and is published by Clan Destine Press and her own imprint, Atlas Productions. Helen majored in Media and Literature at the University of Queensland and is postgraduate qualified in communications from the Queensland University of Technology. Her media career spans 30 years including roles as: Brand Manager, News Ltd; Editor, The Suncorp Literary Awards; Producer, 4BC (Macquarie Media); Producer, the Seven and Nine networks; Editor, The Lake Times (Shellharbour); and Journalist, The Albert & Logan Express (Qld). Atlas Productions is a member of the Small Press Network and The Copyright Agency.

Co-author Chris Adams has had a 45-year career in journalism including working as a journalist and producer for Channel Nine and Channel Seven. His experience includes: War Correspondent for the Seven Network (1991) for the Persian Gulf War & Civil War of Somalia (1993); Journalist & Producer Today Tonight, Nine Network; Executive Producer State Affair, Seven Network; the making of over 40 television documentaries; On-air broadcaster – Breakfast, Drive and Afternoon programs Macquarie Media’s 4BC; and News & Program Director for Radio 4BC over 15 years.

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