Street scrape from Jalandah. Taken from Convenient Education

Convenient Education


Convenient Education is an interactive documentary about a scheme that promised so much. A young skilled workforce who would train themselves to do the jobs Australians don’t want to do. A multi-billion dollar industry that didn’t involve digging things out of the ground. And the dream prospect of a future in Australia for thousands of international students.

But it didn’t quite go to plan…

 

Project Information

DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT

Convenient Education is about the business of opportunities and nation building in a young globalised world and the consequences of our desire to better ourselves. Shot in India and Australia over several years, the interactive documentary tracks a study abroad journey from Jalandhar, India to Melbourne, Australia. In 2009, before the international education crisis hits, we experience the phenomena of a bustling education-migration market extending from India to Australia, and interrogate the context that led to its rise. Louis Dai (co-director), as the son of Vietnamese boat people, provides a compelling narrative lead as he weaves the experiences of student-migrants into a larger Australian immigration story.

What we hope to achieve through the telling of this story is the documentation of an avoidable tragedy that ruined the lives of thousands, undermined a largely successful industry and ruptured Australia’s international reputation. It is our hope that in the future policies surrounding potential migrants and international students will have a greater humanist focus, in recognition of the enormous contribution that international education brings to the nation.

CREDITS

Louis Dai, David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod are Walking Fish Productions. Developed and produced in association with SBS, Screen Australia and Film Victoria. A Chocolate Liberation Front Production.

CONVENIENT EDUCATION

Directed and Written by: Louis Dai, David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod
Executive Producers: Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen
Producer: Chris Sullivan
Editorial Supervisor & Writer: Alex West
Lead Developer: Stuart Flanagan
Narration: Louis Dai
Editors: Louis Dai, David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod, Dan Thomas
Design: Amy Alexander, Lee Mullen
Music: Sam Evans, Miles Stevens, Dan Sullivan
Sound: AJ Bradford, Miles Stevens
Colour Grading: Vincent Taylor
Project Co-ordinator: Amy Alexander
Production Assistant: Katy Morrison
Legal: Jenny Lalor
Business Affairs: Lindsay Lipson
Bookkeeping: Blue Rock

SBS

Executive Producer: Marshall Heald
Producers: Nick Doherty, John-Paul Marin, John MacFarlane
Interactive Design: Matt Smith
Interactive Development: John Halaseh

SCREEN AUSTRALIA

Senior Lawyer: Emma Dwyer
Investment Manager: Mike Cowap

FILM VICTORIA

Senior Lawyer: Michelle Rubin
Investment Manager: Franziska Wagenfeld, Lindsay Lipson

Footage supplied by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Film Australia Collection Library Archival Sound, Images & Footage: SBS, NFSA, UNHCR Australia, Rio Tinto, AITE, Radio ZZZ, Corby Ziesman, Indus Age, Adam Carr, Dr. Arun P Sikarwar

Shot on location in Jalandhar, India and Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Australia. Internship supported by Film Victoria

Chocolate Liberation Front acknowledges the support of Screen Australia's Enterprise Program

© 2012, Chocolate Liberation Front PTY LTD, Film Victoria and Screen Australia

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