Young Filmmakers to Tell Their “Protection” Stories in Sydney During Child Protection Week
Young filmmakers from New South Wales’ Illawarra will tell their “Protection” stories in Sydney on Tuesday 4 September 2018 from 6.30pm, premiering their animated film as part of Child Protection Week.
A five-year film project, “Protection” has been made collaboratively with children from public housing areas in the Illawarra. “Protection” uses a unique blend of film and animation to tell stories about childhood.
There’s a re-telling of Goldilocks – featuring three super cute Aboriginal girls, a display home and a big, bad real estate agent. There’s witches, parties and billy cart derbies, and a lovely wedding to an imaginary prince. And there are also stories of bullying and racism, death and grief and facing up to your fears and mistakes. The kids were hands on with the cameras and sound equipment, so it made the set crazy and fun. These are stories told by kids from their perspective, making “Protection” a celebration of childhood and a tribute to the resilience of children.
Children featured in the film will also host a Q&A session following the film enabling the audience to hear just how the film was made and share their insights.
The children collaborated with the team at Beyond Empathy in making the film. Screenings of “Protection” are being organised through innovative cinema on demand company, FanForce, which allows people to host screenings of films they want to see in cinemas when they want to see them.
Audiences at each of the four screenings already hosted in Wollongong, NSW have had nothing but praise for the feature film.
“I really loved that movie. That’s the second time I’ve seen it. I brought my kids because I really thought my family should see it as well.”
“I thought it was really good. Just knowing what other people have had to experience and how lucky the rest of us are to have what we have.” – 11-year-old boy
“I thought it was really wonderful. It was so emotional and so uplifting. It took me back to my own childhood.”
Cooper, one of the children featured in “Protection” remarked “We’re so happy that people want to see our film. Sometimes people say negative things about where we live, but this shows us and other people that we can do great things.”
Tickets are now available for the Sydney screening on Tuesday 4 September 2018 from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays, Shop 9, 2 East Circular Quay.