Students on stage performing ‘She’ll Be Right’. Still from the film Acts of Translation, 2018

Forget the Stereotypes

International Students in Melbourne

Included with museum entry
$0 to $15

Through film and graphic treatments, visitors will be taken into the lives of four former international students and their lived experiences of home, work, study and leisure as they reflect on their aspirations, challenges, achievements and sorrows.

The central film has been developed specifically for the Immigration Museum in collaboration with the creative team of Catherine Simmonds and Irene Metter. It draws on the project Act of Translation (2017 to 18), a series of creative workshops with students from diverse backgrounds and universities which culminated in the powerful theatre performance She’ll Be Right. The concept, methodologies and performance were led by artistic director Catherine Simmonds OAM and documented by filmmaker Irene Metter.

A deeply moving experience, visitors are invited to discover the rich personal stories of international students behind the anonymous collective often presented in the media; and international students are welcomed into a space which is giving voice to their experiences.

Banner image source: Irene Metter


  • City of Melbourne
  • RMIT
  • Study Melbourne
  • Australian Federation of International Students
  • Story Is Connection

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