23 April, 2020 Stories from the Crest

Introducing Stories from the Crest, our brand new podcast

How do you determine the path to take in life, and what are the key decisions you have made or opportunities you have jumped at that have shaped who you are today?

Introducing Stories from the Crest, the new podcast series, that shares the stories of Old Michaelians from across the history of the School, created by TV producer, Claudia Nankervis (OM 2012), and emerging filmmaker, Fraser Pemberton (OM 2011). Fraser and Claudia explore the lives of Old Michaelians  who share a common link through their school, but who have very different stories to tell.

Each episode features two inspiring Old Michaelians. Our special guests are intentionally diverse in age, gender and fields of endeavour, capturing the rich and varied contributions our alumni make to the world beyond the School.

The name of the podcast reflects both the much revered School emblem, and the pinnacle of achievement each alumni has reached. Through this podcast series, we can also reflect on the crest of life as a vantage point from which to see clearly the impact of one’s education and formative experiences.

It is our hope that the thoughtful, witty and wise reflections of these Old Michaelians will provide our current and former students, staff, parents and members of the wider community with insights and perspectives to inspire them into the future.

Our first series features the stories of Winter Olympian Brodie Summers (OM 2011), the first female chief medical officer in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services Judith Whitworth (OM 1961), Hollywood film director Patrick Hughes (OM 1996), and AFLW star Izzy Huntington (OM 2017), just to name a few.

We will continue to build an archive of entertaining, informative and compelling stories each year with additional episodes created by our students.

Today, in our first episode, we hear from disability advocate Mandy McCracken (OM 1991) and award-winning cinematographer Max Walter (OM 2012).

Stories from the Crest is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and most other popular podcast applications. New episodes will be published every fortnight during school term time for a limited series of episodes.

We encourage you to join Claudia and Fraser as they discover the unique (and sometimes challenging) stories of our inspiring Old Michaelians.

Episode one is now available. Listen via the player above, or on your favourite podcast app!

We would also like to specially thank current Year 12 students James Pace and Jordan Klein who wrote and recorded the wonderful music you hear throughout each episode.




Learn more about our fabulous hosts and creators of the podcast below:

Fraser is a local Melbourne filmmaker who works primarily as a writer, director, and cinematographer. He loves to explore distinctly Australian stories that retain fundamentally human concerns, addressing the themes of time, memory, and loss. His most recent film Hourglass has been the recipient of over 10 festival selections and won Best International Student Short at the Glendale International Film Festival in 2018. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Narrative Film at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a co-founder of production company Dogmilk Films.

Claudia is an emerging producer with an impressive list of credits in film, television, radio and podcasts, including Production Assistant on Rockwiz for SBS and Assistant Television Producer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Claudia has worked at production company Gristmill as production runner, executive assistant and is now producing several projects in development.