Student films focus on good health choices
■ An ambitious project in Roebourne is giving Pilbara children the chance to write, direct, film, and star in a series of health-themed short films.
The Smashed Project, initiated by and primarily funded through Mawarnkarra Health Service, gives the young auteurs a chance to connect with their community and show their interpretations of behaviour associated with alcohol and nutrition.
The children have already learnt the bones of acting from the IF Foundation and have been brainstorming and learning how to use top-notch film equipment with creative company Big hART in the last few weeks.
A pair of filmmakers brought in by Big hART arrived in August and have shown them how to work as a slick film crew and how to conduct on-camera interviews.
Big hART project manager and associate producer Ange Prior said there were about 12 to 15 of the youngsters engaged in the project in any given week.
“We’re really driving to teach highquality, top-gear, production processes that will create the best output so when they are broadcast they will be taken seriously,” she said.
Unlike previous projects involving Big hART, this will be the first time the children create their own films from scratch and by themselves.
The aim will be to create between four and eight films by the time the children hit their deadline next month.
It’s a long process, but the children have been committed to going to Roebourne after they finish school in the town, Karratha, and Wickham.
So far quite a few of their ideas have revolved around the concept of zombies as a metaphor for marijuana use.
Their main video, though, will be in the format of a cooking show and is being filmed with elders on country.
The idea behind it is that good cooking and nutrition, as well as a connection to culture, provides the best alternative to drug use and makes you strong enough not to need drugs.
With plenty of humour sprinkled throughout, the end result is sure to give the community a good laugh.
Warren Wally, 12, and Claire Leach film Jordan Coppin, 13, and Patrick Churnside.