The real 2012 Oscars!

An interview with the director

How was the process of making this in-depth documentary?

The Stuarts were an absolute pleasure to work with. We had heaps of fun during the filming. We had fantastic material to with, but were under incredible pressure to keep the documentary quite short. We wanted to make it a full-length feature film, but the financiers weren’t convinced there was a market for it. This meant we had to leave out all sorts of great stuff including the girls doing hip hop dancing (and Alexa also doing tap dancing); Cathy’s projects with the school including Star Struck costumes and photos for the Year 6 farewell; Graeme’s role on the school P&C; and lots more. It would have even been interesting to mention that Graeme will be teaching in Australia’s first Masters of Family Studies (being offered through his work).

We were also planning to include footage of Cathy’s extended family and Graeme’s brother but, while they were actively involved in the lives of the family during 2012, they  demanded outrageous fees for use of their images.

What is the message of the film?

We think the film speaks for itself. Cathy and Graeme wanted to make it a statement about their real concern about ever-increasing consumption and the disregard for the resulting impact on the environment. While they despair at the level of action from government, business and individuals, we thought this was a film about their year, not an opportunity for them to get on their soap box.

Why wasn’t the film released pre-Christmas?

We had intended to have it released in the lead up to Christmas, as a Christmas greeting, but it was the old story of production delays.

Are there web-extras with the DVD?

We have put quite a bit of work into ensuring there is extra material for interested viewers.

The eulogies given by Chris and George at Graeme’s mother’s funeral are here.

Transition Newcastle’s webpage is at

Graeme’s blog has quite a bit about on sustainability and community engagement –

Anything else you want to add?

Just to wish our viewers all the best for 2013.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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7 Responses to The real 2012 Oscars!

  1. Evelyn & Robert Gibson says:

    Hi Graeme – loved the Stuart Oscars – memories in the making! Hoping the Stuarts have a sensational 2013, Evelyn


  2. Finally got to watch the awards, well worth the wait. Teared up seeing Aunty Rita such a wonderful woman and example. Love to all. Margaret


  3. Great movie – I particularly like the exciting road trip to the top end and centre and of course the mention of the Master of Family Studies. The costuming was fabulous too. I’m sure the next Lord of the Rings movie will come to Newcastle rather than New Zealand when this gets out. You show we can all have a good and sustainable life – from the backyard vege patch to the dessert. Thanks!


  4. Graeme says:

    Thanks Marie!


  5. Marie Stuart says:

    You and your family are stars Mr Stuart. Lets get this out there. Thanks


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