The Punt Road Project
The Punt Road Project is a collaborative story-telling project curated by Anna McGrath, Penelope Chai and Rita Walsh.
Community outreach and conversation is an integral element of this project as we gather a vast array of stories, images, anecdotes, memories and opinions investigating what Punt Road means to Melbournians.
The team participated in a development residency at Richmond Theatrette as part of the City of Yarra's Performance Investigations program in May 2014.
As grateful recipients of a City of Yarra 2015 Annual Grant, the team has been delighted to be part of an ongoing dialogue and exhibit the many stories contributed by the community via this website and the Punt Road Project Facebook page.
Anna, Penelope and Rita have been working across film, television, literature and the performing arts for over ten years.
Living within spitting distance of the Nylex Clock, Anna regularly traverses Punt Road by foot, car and sometimes bike. Whilst stuck in traffic she dreams of art installations in and around Punt Road Railway Bridge. She's a graduate of the Film & TV School at the Victorian College of the Arts and has made a number of short films that have won awards and screened at festivals around the world including Tribeca, London, Melbourne, Palm Springs and Locarno. www.annaemcgrath.com
Penelope prefers to navigate Melbourne on her bike but has never dared cycle down the infamous Punt Road. Her writing credits include the short film She was She (MIFF 2014, AWGIE nominated 2014), documentary Love and Fury: Judith Wright and Nugget Coombs (ABC 2013, AWGIE nominated 2013) and Clothing for Correspondence, currently in development as a screen series. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies and journals, and she has twice been shortlisted for the City of Melbourne Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Award.
Rita once had her car breakdown in peak hour near the corner of Punt Road and Commercial Road. A mob of angry commuters helped push her and her car onto the kerb where she waited for two hours before a tow truck arrived. Rita has produced a number of award-winning short films. She also recently co-produced Stories I Want To Tell You In Person, an adaptation of Lally Katz's stage show for the ABC. She has worked in film, theatre and TV production and development including Partisan, Snowtown, Kath and Kim, Bright Star, The Turning and Mary and Max. Rita's company is overhereproductions.com.au.