MEN'S SHEDS

Producer/Designer: Gabriel Virata
Cinematographer: Daniel Hartley-Allan & Miles Bence
Editor: Miles Bence

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The first Men's shed opened in 1998 in Sydney as a community organisation to support men who had become isolated, particularly in retirement, unemployment, or being widowered. Now there's over 1000 Men's Sheds across Australia, and the movement has expanded internationally.

While these gender-centric spaces seem retrograde in one sense, they’re quite progressive in another. The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. So what is so special about this new type of Men’s Shed?

Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help. These spaces foster community engagement, emotional communication and productive pursuits for men.

A story I produced for The Feed that explored what goes on exactly in these sheds, as well as talking with the original founder of the Men's Shed movement Ted Donnelly.


Aired on The Feed - SBS2
Duration: 04:28 minutes
Televised date: 8th September, 2014