Hubcaps to Creative Hubs Trailer
Made by Nicholas Searle and Cristina Garduño Freeman
for Deakin University, University of Melbourne and Creative Geelong, Short Film, 2018
University of Melbourne
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Hubcaps to Creative Hubs is a metaphor for the revival of a city, told through the stories of three once-forgotten gems of Australia’s oft-overlooked industrial heritage.
Hubcaps to Creative Hubs is a series of three short films that are the result of a collaboration between Deakin University, University of Melbourne and Creative Geelong; and widespread support from the Geelong community. This series unearths largely untold slices of Australia’s history that, until recently, have been fading into obscurity and disrepair.
The places covered in HC2CH include a paper mill that was once the southern hemisphere’s largest, to fabric mills that formed key planks of Australia’s World War One effort and its aftermath. These places now have a new life, turning from relics to incubators of Geelong’s creative future.
These are places of grit and solidity that has belied the crumbling certainty of industrial modernity. But above all, they are once again places of making, invested with new stories by a cohort of local artists, photographers, dancers, furniture makers, winemakers and cafes. The salvaging of these places and their new lives are lovingly told, with their share of characters, thrills and quirky turns.
From a city forging a new post-industrial identity, Hubcaps to Creative Hubs is a welcome statement of pride of place, of Geelong people reclaiming and re-forming their history and inscribing new stories in red brick, bluestone and earth.
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