Coober Pedy, April 2005
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CHALLENGE: 6 young people from Port Augusta made this film in the first 3-day workshop as part of the Hero Project outreach program. The Hero Project trained the participants in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and edit their films.
PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Coober Pedy Area School; TAFE SA; Tallstoreez Productionz
Film: The Big Find
OUTCOMES: The team made an impressive short documentary about the impact of gambling on the local community. Their aim was to make a film about the pokies, to include different points of view from members of their community about this challenging issue.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The state-wide no-pokies-campaign used the film to raise awareness about pokies.
The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.
IMPACT & FEEDBACK: There are only 3000 people living in Coober Pedy, but in 2005 alone, around $2 million was gobbled by the poker machines – a big problem for a small township with many people existing on welfare. Find out how the community deals with this issue.