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Once Were Monks Out Takes

Life in a religious order is turned upside down when a group of monks is forced to move from their monastery into a pub.
Series : Once Were Monks | Year : 1998 | Total Duration : 5 x 26 minute episodes | Producer : Luigi Acquisto, Stella Zammataro
Director : Luigi Acquisto, Andrew Sully |
Camera Tape B1/ Tape 1 - Rough shots inside monastery setting up filming. Exteriors St Francis Church. CU's stone cross with modern high rise building behind. Plaque St Francis Church. Walking along into church. Interior, woman in pew praying. Stone cross, blue sky , half moon. Exterior St Francis, sign about refurbishment. Busy street pan to stone cross, half moon. Pan street to high rise building.
Access No. 128455 | 7 mins 47 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B1/ Tape 1 - Closed doors into St Francis Church, door opening as man leaves and walks into street. Sign post Lonsdale Street and Elizabeth Street pan down to traffic and pedestrians. Man talking to camera , other standing next to him. Looking through window into office. Father Donald Cave walking down street. Following behind men as they walk up steps into building, Fr Don in lift/elevator, camera follows him around laundry in top of building.
Access No. 128458 | 4 mins 2 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B1/Tape 1 - On top floor of St Francis Monastery, Father Donald Cave showing camera around. Introduces cameramen to Brother Bernard Scanlan (aged 99) doing carpentry. Camera walks around with Fr Don showing various objects in storage. Inside lift with Fr Don. Exit, stop to look at framed photograph of icicles. Inside prayer room. CU's alter. POV camera walking around rooms, back to prayer room.
Access No. 128459 | 10 mins 33 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B1/Tape 1 - Outside St Francis Church with Father Donald Cave. Dusk exterior shots walls. Inside corridor (cloisters), lights turned on. Fr Don talking about how it was used to get to the church in bad weather. Fr Don opening some cupboards, shows some robes (vestments). Walk into sacristy. Fr Don opens safe, gets out gold monstrance. Fr Don talks about monstrance, shows camera painting of St Peter Julian Eyrmard, founder of the Blessed Sacrament Order, walks back showing other objects in storage used in mass including chalices.
Access No. 128460 | 10 mins 31 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B2 / Tape 1A - Father Donald Cave in bedroom in monastery of St Francis walking around talking (mute). Fr Don seated on bed talking about how he has been in that room for 7 years, after another (monk) had deceased. Talks about reasons for renovations being that most men at retiring age and need better facilities. Talks about his possessions, some of his own paintings and that he has thrown out many possessions. (13/2/98)
Access No. 128462 | 6 mins 11 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B2 / Tape 1A - Father Donald Cave in bedroom in monastery of St Francis talking about his feelings about the move (of the brothers from the monastery during renovations). Talks about a lot of changes, says men forces to go through their memorabilia , talks about a letter from his mother he found. Says men trying to be positive about the move, leaving old behind. Talks about the constant change of the church. (13/2/98)
Access No. 128465 | 5 mins 52 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B2 / Tape 1A - Father Donald Cave in bedroom in monastery of St Francis talking about early days of monastery, few possessions. Later obtained books and more clothes, Fr Don felt it was a nuisance. Feels gratitude. Talks about next period of his life as historian and role in the community. Points to suitcases being full of historical documents. Talks about serious illness and death. Says people are frightened about move. (13/2/98)
Access No. 128467 | 6 mins 50 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B2 / Tape 1A - Father Donald Cave in bedroom in monastery of St Francis showing camera a few of his possessions and how and where he acquired them including photographs, clothes (vestments) and drawings. Points to some paintings he painted, a gild eagle. Talks about being in the order for over 30 years. VS Fr Don packing clothes into box. Says he has packed over 2000 books, torn up many documents. Finds letter, reads some. (13/2/98)
Access No. 128469 | 16 mins 57 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B4 / Tape 2A - Father Donald Cave in bedroom at monastery of St Francis sorting through letters and documents in preparation for move. VS objects on desk. CU's Fr Don packing clothes into packing box. CU Fr Don on telephone. CU pencils, framed photographs, small gold statues, paintings, other objects around his room including packed suitcases. Blank screen (02:21:19:00 - 02:24:00:00) (13/2/98)
Access No. 128479 | 23 mins 27 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B4 / Tape 2A - Brother Gerard Develin in robe (sartan) standing by his bed in room in St Francis. He chats to camera as he undresses about how long he has been there (since 1978), talks about the clothing he is wearing, packs it into box. Repeats actions. (13/2/98)
Access No. 128480 | 3 mins 34 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B6 / Tape 3A - Brother Gerard Develin standing in room in St Francis Monastery undressing from his white robe (sartan) talking to camera. Starts packing possessions into box. Talks about how long he has lived at St Francis (since 1978), talks about the clothing he is wearing and about the move whilst renovations take place. He chats about the things he is packing and the memories they bring. Talks about the difficulties of the move, trying to be positive. Says they are moving to Melbourne Central Hotel across the road from St Francis, Br Gerard looking out of window to hotel, talks about the change. CU's face with light across face as he looks out.(13/2/98)
Access No. 128482 | 18 mins 30 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B8 / Tape 1-24 - Building works at St Francis. Outside, man standing next to crane. VS Interior empty building (monastery) gutted. Silhouette man shovelling into wheelbarrow. Man drilling and working on piping, sawing, welding, sparks. Looking from top of building across to Hotel and down to workman's cabins where some of the monks are living. Interiors, some twisting shots. Man with pneumatic drill (29/5/98)
Access No. 128497 | 28 mins 59 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B10 / Tape 3 - Father Donald Cave in his studio packing including his paintings. He talks about the paintings and drawings. In depth interview Father Ken Bowland talking about taking people gliding but discouraging people from going caving to protect the caves. Talks about trek in Golden Triangle area of Thailand to visit caves, talks about the people who helped them and their religion, about monks living in caves. He talks about his interest in gliding and caving, different worlds. He also talks about working with couples who plan to get married. About the types of different people in the community and conflicts. The future for the (Catholic) church, its mistakes, its position today where it no longer has so much power, the role of traditions, changes being forced by the people. Brother Bernard Scanlan in kitchen with woman, sitting alone. Quick shot Fr Don laying table.
Access No. 128498 | 30 mins 1 sec | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B11 / Tape 4 - CU Father Donald Cave during in depth interview. Talks about men (monks) being there for a similar purpose despite their other differences. He talks about Catholics visiting the church (St Francis) and the history of the church, about its role to people as a quiet place including non- Catholics. Talks about how the monastery used to be a place of silence and of perpetual prayer and reasons for this. He explains that purpose (of the community) still the same but expressed differently. Talks about the Eucharist. Says lifestyle (for monks) is freer than before, not all men live in monastery. Talks about friendships and family within the community and effect recent death of one the monks on them.
Access No. 128499 | 17 mins 48 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B11 / Tape 4 - CU Father Donald Cave during in depth interview. Talks about issues confronting Catholic Church, how the Church reflects society, how religious orders are going through crisis. Talks about the effect of old age on the community and letting go of traditions. Talks about how the men (monks) live together, how they share, resolve tensions . Tensions same as other communities that live together. Talks about questioning issues and existence of God, pain, suffering, evil. Talks about living with doubt, mystery of Christ, contradictions. Get up from table, chatting. Table laid. Fr Don walks out into garden. looks up at high rise building behind. Canaries in cage. Rain falling on statues and pavings, into goldfish pond.
Access No. 128500 | 16 mins 46 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B12 / Tape 5 - In depth interview Father Gonzalo Munoz (book case behind) describing the complex community who live at St Francis, believes in celebrating their differences, talks about different theologies and mentalities within community. Talks about his disappointment with Catholic church holding on to the past, becoming more conservative, church's fear of the future. He feels future is integration, uses analogy of resurrection after death. Believes end of rich religious life but that change should be embraced however frightening. Talks about change in his lifestyle within the community, less institutionalised, talks critically of the rule of silence and of the discouragement of friendships.
Access No. 128501 | 4 mins 1 sec | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B12 / Tape 5 - In depth interview Father Gonzalo Munoz (book case behind) talking about what keeps him being a priest, sense of belonging, no where else to go. That people in the congregation need someone to voice their anger in the (Catholic) church, for example prejudice against women, lack of equality. Talks how he spoke about divorce and was criticised. Talks about tradition not to question the church. Feels that people deserve someone to be on their side. Speaks about his work at hospital chapel, siding with people against God, says God doesn't know why there is suffering either.
Access No. 128502 | 9 mins 41 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B12 / Tape 5 - In depth interview Father Gonzalo Munoz (book case behind) talking about his belief that God is loving and shares suffering, doesn't believe suffering to be the will of God. His beliefs come from working as hospital chaplain. He talks about the effects of vandalism on St Francis and effect on the Catholic community, about evil in today's world especially children. He talks about the recent death of another monk. Talks about diversity with in the community (of monks) but all have common purpose. Talks about Eucharist. (Interview continues on Access Item 76947)
Access No. 128503 | 12 mins 33 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B13 / Tape 6 - Interview Father Gonzalo Munoz continued from Access item 76947. He talks about the Pope's authority as one who serves others. Talks about the Vatican losing credibility as people actually live a different reality. Says up to the Pope to talk about something relevant so people will listen. Authority has to be earnt not imposed.
Access No. 128504 | 2 mins 52 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Tape B13 / Tape 6 - LAS looking up at high rise building with cloud covering top behind St Francis Church, pan down to church, scaffolding, people coming and going. Interior St Francis Church, Father Donald Cave preparing to take mass, CU's congregation, some praying. VS Fr Don taking mass. some CU's faces, blessing of sacrament, people taking communion.
Access No. 128505 | 31 mins 50 secs | 1990s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |