"I will relate my memories as they come flooding back. One leads to another. If my narrative sounds disjointed from time to time, please forgive me."
- Frank Lucas in his unpublished autobiography 'Some Memories Of My Life'.
Frank was a twelve-years-old Jewish boy living in Nazi Germany when he and his family fled for Australia. 80 years later, Frank’s grandson Aaron moves from Sydney to Berlin. Guided by the animated memoirs of his Opa, Aaron sets out on a path to discover the life Frank once lived, beginning a new chapter on his own German heritage.
At the age of 70, Frank Lucas wrote his memoir entitled, ‘Some Memories Of My Life’. He musters up memories and details from his childhood - from growing up in Berlin in the 1930’s as a young Jewish boy until his family’s escape to Sydney, Australia in 1939. Pinned against the backdrop of Nazi Germany and Jewish persecution, Frank recounts fond memories of playing in fields making daisy chains in the graveyard near his grandparents house in Soest, of protecting his younger sister and of looking up to his funny Uncle Ernst - who was later killed along with his wife and son at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp. These memories come alive in animated form, in fragments and mostly incomplete as Frank heaves up memory from many years ago.
Fast forward 80 years - Frank has passed away and his grandson Aaron has moved from Sydney to Berlin, now a completely different city to the one that Frank describes. From the houses where Frank lived to the synagogue where he sang in the choir, the documentary will take Aaron all over Germany to discover the places from Frank’s stories. In piecing together his Opa’s stories, Aaron learns about parts of his personal history that he previously didn’t know existed. Aaron’s journey is to end with him being approved for ‘renaturalization’, making him a German citizen once again.
'I’ll Be Frank’ is about the passing down of stories through generations. It’s about younger generations remembering the hardships of older generations. It’s about self-discovery and perhaps a connection to something greater.“My children and grandchildren and their children’s children will have to fill in more of the story.” -
Aims & Objectives
The films duration and content makes it an ideal short for film festivals. We intend to submit the film to festivals in Australia, Germany and throughout Europe and the U.S through which we hope to reach as large and broad an audience as possible.
We believe this project to also be a useful resource for school students and Jewish and non-jewish organisations in Australia and Europe, some of which we have already received interest from. These include Jewish Museums, Berlin Jewish Community Organisations, Sydney Jewish Community and Synagogues.