Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2017
20 A memorial to Syd Some people who knew Syd Moyle knew him as a talented actor in musical shows. But many others came to know Syd through his love for dogs. He would frequent the Orphanage Dog Park morning and night for many years with his furry family, Bruno and Lolly. He would promenade around the park with his faithful duo and inevitably other dogs would join in and amble along beside him. Other dog walkers would also join in, and so a small dog-loving community was formed. Many repor ted that Syd had a particular style of “dog magic” that left many of them in awe - Syd was a dog whisperer, they’d say. But sadly, in February last year Syd died at the age of 44. Council worked with local residents to investigate options for a memorial to Syd at Orphanage Park. Local residents also received donations to establish a memorial and proposed a new shelter and seating with a plaque at the park. As part of the Brownhill Keswick Creek project, it was decided that Council would install plaques on two benches that Council were refurbishing and install them at Orphanage Park. This would provide additional seating on the east side of the park and remain as a memorial to Syd and his care for the dogs who use the park. The two seats were commemorated at a ceremony on September 24 this year. It’s said that dogs are man’s best friend. It’s possible that in Syd’s case the position was reversed, for clearly dogs had no greater friend than he. Six million views and counting! Unley resident Nima Raoofi is making a significant mark in the ultra competitive world of film with a string of highly successful productions over the past five years. His run of success star ted with the beautifully made and emotionally charged short film called My Shoes, which revolves around a young boy wishing to be someone else. Mr Raoofi wrote and directed the film in 2012 and it has since attracted more than six millions views on YouTube alone. The film continues to attract global admiration and success, which Mr Raoofi puts down to its ability to resonate with everyday people from around the world, with strong themes of empathy and envy present throughout the four-minute production. He is also committed to keeping a distinct South Australian flavor to all of his work. “South Australia has some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Our regions are relatively close which helps with saving time and budgeting in film projects,” Mr Raoofi says. “ T here are many talented artists in this state. Combine that with our beautiful scenery and you'll know that the ar tistic potential in SA is great.” Mr Raoofi recently released his first feature film called Charlotte, which was awarded the Best Feature Film at the 2017 South Australian Screen Awards. The film was made entirely in South Australia and Mr Raoofi is distributing it himself. He will spend the coming year working on his YouTube Channel YouTube.com/ NimaRaoofi where his entire catalogue of work can be viewed. Nima Raoofi (right) on location. Syd's dad Glen Moyle viewing the memorial.
Unley Life Spring 2017