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TELLING STORIES: Filmmakers Peter and Emily Szilveszter will help people tell their stories of immigration to Australia, which will be shown at the Full Tilt Film Festival.
TELLING STORIES: Filmmakers Peter and Emily Szilveszter will help people tell their stories of immigration to Australia, which will be shown at the Full Tilt Film Festival. Chris Ison Rokcfilm

PETER Szilveszter is proud to call Australia home.

The Yeppoon man came here in 1987 as a 10-year-old, after fleeing from Hungary with his parents to escape communism.

"(My parents) had been questioned over their religion (Christian) and you couldn't practise our religion there," Peter said.

"My parents would have to do secret meetings with other Christians."

Peter and his family were refugees in Austria and lived there for three years before being accepted in Australia.

"As an adult you think back to when you were a child and I realise the things I saw, and how controlled (Hungary) was," he said.

Peter has spent time living around Australian, including Brisbane where he studied film and television, before settling with his wife Emily in Yeppoon.

While Peter has his own story about immigrating to Australia, he is helping others share theirs through workshops with Creative Capricorn.

The workshops will help locals film their own stories on immigration, which will be screened at the Full Tilt Film Festival later this year.

"The idea is that we're looking for people with stories who are keen to make a film, whether it is a music clip, animation or anything they'd like.

"I'm passionate about finding people that have their own story and have become part of the community," Peter said.

THE WORKSHOPS

When: Today from 9.30am to 12.30pm

When: May 10 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Where: Rockhampton Library

For more information: Contact Peter and Emily by email info@livinglens.com.au or visit livinglens.com.au.

Topics:  short film



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