Film project puts focus on lifestyles
■ 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 https://vimeo.com/bighart.
Max Coppin, Phillips.