Following the success of Open Channel’s recently launched six-part short documentary series, Bringing Our Stories Home, Victorian Minister for Veterans, The Hon John Eren has announced funding approval for Open Channel to produce a second commemorative series entitled Short Back and Sides, for the Anzac Centenary through the Victoria Remembers Grant Program.

Open Channel is also delighted to confirm funding for Short Back and Sides from the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

Set in one Barber Shop across a hundred years, Short Back and Sides, created by Chris Thompson, tells four short stories about four generations of the same family as they prepare to sign up to serve in four separate conflicts – The Great War, The Second World War, The Vietnam War, Afghanistan and the War on Terror. From the pride of fighting for King and Country, to the tradition of following in a father’s footsteps, to the controversy of conscription to the first female family member to join the armed forces, the series explores military, social and family history, attitudes and mores through personal stories of family sacrifice.

Victorian Minister for Veterans, John Eren said of the Grant Program “Our veterans have served us, and it is our duty to protect their legacy. They have earned it.”

“All Victorian communities have war connections and stories, which these grants will help protect and share for future generations.”

Click here to view Media Release from Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, The Hon Dan Tehan MP said “All Australians should use the centenary of Anzac to reflect on the sacrifice of our service men and women”.

“These arts projects can engage with their communities and start a conversation about these important issues”.

Click here to view Media Release from Department of Communications and the Arts.

As with Bringing Our Stories Home, Short Back and Sides will create numerous opportunities for Open Channel members to work on the films, both in key creative roles and crew positions.

Open Channel’s CEO, Caroline Waters: “Open Channel’s success in securing funding for Short Back and Sides is a reflection of the excellent work the organisation is doing to not only develop the skills of emerging and early career filmmakers but also to create programs that have multiple outcomes, including mentoring and opportunities for professional credits.”

Bringing Our Stories Home has been a significant success for all involved and Open Channel is appreciative of the faith the state and federal governments have shown a second time around in our organisation to deliver Short Back and Sides.”

Bringing Our Stories Home is now available to view on ABC iview, and is also available to purchase through ATOM’s The Education Shop.