Isobelle Cameron
Movie Review: The Passionate Apprentices by Roger Scholes

MANY OF US now feel a sort of turmoil, wrenching and uneasIness with what we see around us in the world. Occasionally I can turn to the cinema for information nourishment. iit helps. Understanding of an issue we see unfolding around us helps bring some degree of acceptance and possibly empowerment. However, more often than not I turn to the cinema for another sort of therapy, escapism.

Passionate Apprentices by Roger Scholes doesn’t fall into either of those two broad cinema experiences for me.

Roger’s portfolio of cinema achievements is diverse and I think a reflection of the place he inhabits. One of his earliest works was a movie for the campaign to save the Franklin River. The movie still provides an insight into the issue and the lives and motivations of the people involved. But at the time it was a tool. A tool used to inform people about what was planned for one of Australia’s most magnificent wild places and to recruit people to stand up for it’s protection.

A Tale of Ruby Rose is perhaps Roger’s most famous work, however possibly more people have seen the documentary he directed for the ABC Stories from the Stone Age.

In The Passionate Apprentices Roger goes inside the lives of three Tasmanian artisans. What we get to see from this intimate portrayal are the daily lives, motivation and foremost passion of a knife maker, a baker and a beekeeper.

The documentary is now showing at Tasmania’s State Cinema and will also be screened on SBS television provided me 90 minutes of inspiration and hope. I couldn’t think of a more real way to show that beauty still exists and it can be a way of living in this world.