Stories Out Loud: Subiaco Cat Cafe owners to feature in new doco


Lauren Curtis-Power, Nanda Gunnink, Suzanne Waldron and Adam Auzins, who are behind a new documentary web series that tells stories of people who have contributed to the community. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Lauren Curtis-Power, Nanda Gunnink, Suzanne Waldron and Adam Auzins, who are behind a new documentary web series that tells stories of people who have contributed to the community. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

SUBIACO’s Cat Cafe owners Chris Mewburn and Terps Platritis will feature in the first episode of documentary web series Stories Out Loud.

Launching on February 23, each episode will feature an individual or group who has contributed to their community, organisations and businesses in ways that matter and take courage.

Director and co-founder Nanda Gunnink said Chris and Terps shared how they had their Cat Cafe concept knocked back several times, were victims of ageism and told that they “didn’t have it in them”.

“They’re a young couple who had wanted to set this up for two years and couldn’t find the support they needed,” Ms Gunnink, of Subiaco, said.

Fellow director and co-founder Suzanne Waldron, of Perth, said the Cat Cafe owners were the perfect subjects for the first of eight four-minute episodes this year.

“They both have Masters degrees in architecture, they’ve run businesses before and they wanted to show what they’re capable of,” Ms Waldron said.

The episodes have a hint of animation with help from animator and editor Adam Auzins and is produced by Lauren Curtis-Power at Studio Orange in Perth.

Stories Out Loud came about following a successful screening of Ms Waldron’s life story that is set to be released soon.

“We had a screening for a couple of friends to show them the work we’ve done,” Ms Gunnink said.

“After the screening we were both overwhelmed with the emotion of the audience, it was incredible.”

There are plans to take the non-profit project to the regions and eventually over east to gather more stories for second and third seasons.

Watch Stories Out Loud at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtDQMVxEcN9Bh25mBk7mLyw.