Breaking Down Barriers

Australian filmmaker strives for change on a local scale with new documentary


For young Australian director, Saad Adam, movies are so much more than just entertainment. His debut documentary in production attempts to break down the stereotypes of an area plagued by negative judgements. Adam hopes his documentary will bring about change for the area of Mount Druitt in Sydney where he grew up.

In the age of YouTube and the popularity of viral videos, Adam’s strive for change on a local scale is a breath of fresh air. Adam’s documentary, The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth, will give insight into the lives and stories of the real people who live in the Western Sydney area of Mount Druitt.

It seemed that everybody around Sydney branded Mount Druitt in a negative way. My aim was to shed new light on an old stereotype which was long overdue. Living in the area has taught me that if I don't stand up and promote change, nobody else is going to take on the role so I set out to make a difference,” Adam said.

Adam explains that we can expect an experimental documentary which strays from traditional styles of filmmaking . His idea to break down misjudgements and preconceived notions is not isolated to the people of Mount Druitt. The message that Adam hopes to convey is one that holds universal relevance.

Adam’s experience and knowledge in filmmaking may be limited, but the inspired young man makes up for it in passion and enthusiasm. After directing class commercials through his IT and Multimedia TAFE course, Adam swiftly bought his first camera and has not looked back..  

To add to the rigours of making a film, Adam will have to make do without any funding.  “I wanted to keep this a Zero Budget film to show that it is possible to achieve with nothing,” he said.

The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth is in the final weeks of production and is set for completion in April 2010. The enterprising filmmaker is already planning his next film which will delve into the youth of Sydney.

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