Tom Price, WA, June 2010
CHALLENGE: The Change Media Team worked with the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in Tom Price to train local Indigenous youth and community leaders in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and digital media management and create a peer-produced DVD about issues of juvenile justice for Indigenous youth in the Pilbara region.
PARTNERS: Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership Initiative; Arts SA Partnerships for Healthy Communities; Gumala Aboriginal Corporation; Office for Crime Prevention WA, Tom Price Community Arts & Culture Centre; Tallstoreez Productionz; Apple Australia
Film: Marlpa Holiday
Watch - Marlpa Holiday
Watch - Recording My Elders
Watch peer-produced training videos made during the workshop:
OUTCOMES: The production covered an introduction to screen narratives, storytelling for social issues, editing & file management and basic interview, shooting and editing techniques. The participants came up with strong story concepts and are keen to continue to make films. The workshop was the first of 2 projects as part of our 2-year community partnership with the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in 2010-2011.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Please watch this space for updates. Marlpa Holiday will feature on Gumala’s website and we will present the film to NITV.
IMPACT & FEEDBACK: The challenge this session was to create engaging stories that raise awareness about issues of juvenile justice, drug and alcohol abuse, faced by young Indigenous living in Tom Price and the Pilbara area. The workshop focused on short innovative story techniques, fun camera and sound work, and editing and music production. Each team member worked together producing two films, recorded several interviews and training tools. They planned, researched, scripted and conducted several shoots and took part of the edit. At the rough cut viewing in the Tom Price Arts and Culture Centre, the Gumala representatives were impressed with the outcomes and discussed the potential for future media work for the participants through the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.
Juvenile Justice Program
Cavan Secure Care Facility
SA, June 2008
CHALLENGE: 10×14 Bricks – Stories from Youth in Lock-up was produced at Cavan Secure Care Facility (SA) and its Youth Education Centre [DECS] over a 5-week intensive workshop. Participants learnt essential 21st Century digital media skills to create relevant crime prevention messages for their peers. In candid meet-the-director documentaries and in their own films young offenders share their life choices about crime and the consequences.
Why choose to commit a crime? How far will you go?
Is it worth it? What is it like in lock-up? What would you do differently? What can you do to change?
This new peer-educational DVD offers relevant crime prevention strategies from the experts: Young offenders share their life choices, crimes and consequences in their own films and unique ‘meet-the-directors’ documentaries – made behind bars.
For info kit and order forms visit the DVD section.
PARTNERS: The Australian Government through the Attorney General’s Department; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; the Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnerships Initiative; Arts SA Partnerships for Healthy Communities; Department of Families and Communities; Cavan Secure Care Training Centre; Youth Education Centre Cavan DECS; Tallstoreez Productionz; Apple Australia
Trailer: 10×14 Bricks – Stories from Youth in Lock-Up
Watch the youth films and ‘meet the director’ documentaries here:
Compact Crib + Meet the Director [6’ 31]
Shane is 15, he knows it is not fun in lock up but he keeps coming back. What does he need to do to break the cycle?
Angry, Young, Male + Meet the Director [10’ 48]
Bayden is 17, after a drunken night he woke up in a police cell charged with attempted murder. What does he need to do to control his anger?
If Only… + Meet the Director [10’ 49] + Restorative Justice [6’ 23]
Sam is 18, he regrets committing armed robbery to finance a drug debt. What does he need to do to avoid future events that could lead to crime? What is the impact of your offence on you, your family, your victims?
Another Day in this Place + Meet the Director [10’ 48]
Robert is 18, he feels like he is trapped in a cage, waiting for the day he can leave. What can he do to make his dreams become reality?
Getting Out, Staying Out + Meet the Director [12’31]
Greg is 17, he is ʻjust an Indigenous boy trying to get through life and come out on topʼ. What does he need to do to stay out of trouble? What support is available?
OUTCOMES: All 5 team members deeply engaged with the project, as they all had to make their own story AND be the production team and talent in their peers’ films. Through the unique ‘meet-the-director’ mini-docs we were able to delve deeper into each of their stories of crimes & consequences, and also showcase the incredible film making process.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: 10×14 Bricks won the SA Screen Awards 2009 for Best Innovation in Digital Media and was nominated for Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Koonibba SA, April 2006
CHALLENGE: The Koonibba Aboriginal Community Council commissioned this workshop as a cultural activity for their young people.
The youth team wanted to address the recent vandalism within their community.
PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Koonibba Aboriginal Community; Tallstoreez Productionz
OUTCOMES: The project was an outstanding success, with 25 young people involved for 5 days. The group documented the vandalism in their community and juxtaposed this with all the activities available to them at the youth centre. The young vandals turned up during filming and were keen to get involved and then unannounced cleaned up the damage. On the last day the whole community celebrated their film with a shared lunch screening.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Come Out 2007 Youth Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.
IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Over the last years, the surrounding remote communities watched the DVD and were very impressed with the outcome. Three years later, during our most recent visit to the Nullabor community of Yalata, most of the participants still remembered seeing the film made by the Koonibba youth in 2006.