Cat out of bag on web se­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By DENISE S. CAHILL

SU­BI­ACO’S Cat Cafe own­ers Chris Mew­burn and Terps Pla­tri­tis will fea­ture in the first episode of doc­u­men­tary web se­ries Sto­ries Out Loud.

Launch­ing on Fe­bru­ary 23, each episode will fea­ture an in­di­vid­ual or group who has con­trib­uted to their com­mu­nity, or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses in ways that mat­ter and take courage.

Direc­tor and co­founder Nanda Gun­nink said the Cat Cafe own­ers shared how they had their con­cept knocked back sev­eral times, were vic­tims of ageism and told that they “didn’t have it in them”.

“They’re a young cou­ple who had wanted to set this up for two years and couldn’t find the sup­port they needed,” Ms Gun­nink, of Su­bi­aco, said.

Fel­low direc­tor and co-founder Suzanne Wal­dron, of Perth, said the pair were the per­fect sub­jects for the first of eight four-minute episodes this year.

“They both have Mas­ters de­grees in ar­chi­tec­ture, they’ve run busi­nesses be­fore and they wanted to show what they’re ca­pa­ble of,” Ms Wal­dron said.

The episodes have a hint of an­i­ma­tion with help from an­i­ma­tor and ed­i­tor Adam Auzins and is pro­duced by Lau­ren Cur­tis-power at Stu­dio Orange in Perth.

Sto­ries Out Loud came about af­ter a suc­cess­ful screen­ing of Ms Wal­dron’s life story that is to be re­leased soon.

“We had a screen­ing for a cou­ple friends to show the work we’ve done,” Ms Gun­nink said.

“Af­ter the screen­ing we were both over­whelmed with the emo­tion of the au­di­ence, it was in­cred­i­ble.”

There are plans to take the not-for-profit pro­ject to the re­gions and even­tu­ally east to gather more sto­ries for sec­ond and third sea­sons.

Watch Sto­ries Out Loud at w-ww.youtube. com/chan­nel/uct­dqm Vx­ec­n9b­h25m­bk7m­lyw

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Pro­ducer Lau­ren Cur­tis-power, co-founder/direc­tors Nanda Gun­nink and Suzanne Wal­dron and an­i­ma­tor/ed­i­tor Adam Auzins.

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