Film project puts fo­cus on life­styles

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

■ The spot­light was on the cre­ative tal­ents of young Roe­bourne res­i­dents at the pre­miere of Smashed Films on Fri­day, Novem­ber 27.

The short film project, funded by Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice and run by arts group Big hART, chal­lenged lo­cal stu­dents to come up with 12 short films cen­tred on the theme of fol­low­ing a healthy diet and life­style.

To the de­light of the 200-strong au­di­ence, the young­sters de­liv­ered, with films vary­ing from an el­e­gant mu­sic video to a 1970s-style ninja tale, screened on a pro­jec­tor at the new town cul­tural cen­tre.

Project pro­ducer Laura Har­ris said the project was de­signed as a cre­ative way to pro­mote pos­i­tive health mes­sages.

“Mawarnkarra ap­proached us be­cause we’d done a num­ber of in­no­va­tive projects with the com­mu­nity and with young peo­ple,” she said.

“We said we’ve done this project in Tas­ma­nia which was also called Smashed. We said we’ll tweak it for Roe­bourne be­cause it’s a dif­fer­ent age group and they said let’s do it.”

Ms Har­ris said Big hART had done pre­vi­ous short-film work with chil­dren in Roe­bourne, but this pro­gram went fur­ther by giv­ing them cre­ative con­trol.

Doc­u­men­tary maker Claire Leach men­tored the stu­dents over the four-month pro­duc­tion process.

“It’s amaz­ing how the mo­ment you take them out and they have a cam­era, they fo­cus,” she said.

“In 18 years of work­ing, th­ese kids have a clearer vi­sion of what they want to say than some pro­fes­sion­als out there.”

The night fin­ished with an awards cer­e­mony and Mem­ber for Pil­bara Bren­don Grylls pre­sented the cer­tifi­cates.

Stu­dent Treinaya Phillips acted as MC on the night and also won best pre­sen­ter. To see the films, visit Big hART’s Vimeo chan­nel on

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Max Cop­pin, Phillips.

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