The trailer for documentary film PAPER TRAILS has been launched. It follows the story of beloved Australian broadcaster, writer, activist and mental health advocate Anne Deveson AO as she reflects back on her life, memory and history while racing against time to pack her 85-year paper trail into boxes destined for the National Library of Australia.
PAPER TRAILS is directed by Sari Braithwaite, whose short documentary SMUT HOUNDS screened at MIFF, SFF and Adelaide Film Festival in 2015 before being broadcast on ABC2 and Qantas. When Braithwaite met Anne in 2015, she was attempting to bundle up thousands of private papers for the National Library. She offered to help and over the next six months they transform Anne’s 85-year paper trail into a mountain of brown boxes for the permanent collection at the NLA.
But during this time, Anne’s brain starts to fail her. Alzheimer’s, the illness that took her mother and grandmother, is gaining hold and she is feeling the pressure to move into care. While she has stacks of miscellaneous files to sort, Anne has resolved to keep living in her own home, on her own terms.
PAPER TRAILS contains never before seen archive from Anne Deveson’s collection, including unpublished writings from her final journal. The film is set to premiere at the 2017 Antenna Documentary Film Festival on 11 October before being broadcast nationally on ABC-TV’s Compass, Saturday, 14 October, as part of Mental Health week.