New film explores identities of Fairfield City

Published Thursday, 26th October 2017

Merge - film poster

Screening at The Crescent Plaza in Fairfield this summer is a short film exploring the multi-faceted identity of the community of Fairfield City.

Merge, produced by photographer Michelle Chanique, artist Karen Lee and musician Sophie Van Dijk in collaboration with Fairfield City Museum & Gallery (FCMG), is a short film shot over three months that captures Fairfield City residents throughout the City.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the film will be screened at The Crescent Plaza in Fairfield between mid-November to February for locals and visitors to enjoy.

“This is another example of Council’s commitment to celebrating our City’s fantastic diversity and we are very proud to screen this significant film on the outdoor screen at The Crescent Plaza over the summer months,” Mayor Carbone said.

Merge showcases the unique and varied community of Fairfield City, whose collective identities give our City its multicultural vibrancy; one of our greatest strengths.”

“The Crescent Plaza is an ideal location, situated in the heart of Fairfield town centre and encouraging passers-by to come together in our colourful urban plaza. Our outdoor screen was installed to showcase the talents of our community.”

“Many permanent art projects also surround The Crescent Plaza, all detailing the rich natural, cultural and contemporary history of Fairfield City.”

Photographer Michelle Chanique was motivated to show the faces of Fairfield City because of her own migrant background.

“ABS data shows the proportion of Australians who were born overseas, currently at 6.6 million people, has hit its highest point in 120 years,” Ms Chanique said.

“We are a nation of migrants; I am an immigrant and arrived to Australia from Chile when I was only a few months old, while my colleague Karen Lee is originally from Singapore.”

The community are invited to the free public launch of Merge at The Crescent Plaza in Fairfield on Friday 17 November from 5.30pm-6.30pm. Family entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.

Screening details
Merge – Free
17 November 2017– February 2018, 5.30pm-6.30pm
The Crescent Plaza, Fairfield