Stu­dents in the lime­light

Mu­sic clip nabs a huge 100k views

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WHEN a group of Abo­rig­i­nal Kingscliff stu­dents, in­clud­ing Rueben Baartz (pic­tured), em­barked on a cul­tur­ally driven project, they had no idea their mu­sic video clip would gather more than 100,000 views on so­cial me­dia.

Now, they hope the com­mu­nity hears their pow­er­ful mes­sage.

IT WAS just go­ing to be a bit of fun but the Kingscliff stu­dents who re­cently wrote and cre­ated a mu­sic video had no idea it would get this big. Year 11 stu­dent Rueben Baartz was one of the Kingscliff High School stu­dents who took part in the project with One Vi­sion Pro­duc­tions.

Rueben, whose fam­ily are Min­jung­bal peo­ple, said he jumped at the chance to be part of the project. But he had no idea it would gather more than 100,000 views a week af­ter be­ing posted on so­cial me­dia.

“It knew it was re­ally well pro­duced and I had high ex­pec­ta­tions but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it to get as big as it did,” Rueben said.

While shocked at the re­sponse the clip has re­ceived, he said the com­mu­nity seemed to have em­braced their creation in a big way.

“I think we have a pretty strong com­mu­nity around here,” he said.

The stu­dents wrote the

song to­gether be­fore set­ting out to shoot the clip in a range of nat­u­ral scenes across the Tweed.

But the mes­sage un­der­pin­ning the song, Stand­ing as One, was the most poignant part of the project and was some­thing with which the stu­dents hoped to see the com­mu­nity con­nect.

“We were ... get­ting to the deeper is­sues that are go­ing on to­day,” he said.

“Cul­ture was a mas­sive part of it.

“I re­ally hope it’s go­ing to reach out and peo­ple will see it for what it is.

“Per­son­ally, I re­ally hope it’s go­ing to get more young peo­ple to speak out about all the is­sues that they’re fac­ing.”

The song and video jux­ta­pose mod­ern so­ci­ety with the Dream­time.

Rueben said they hoped the project would en­cour­age

mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, of all walks of life, to con­nect with each other on a deeper level, in line with the lat­ter.

“I feel that we did re­ally talk about that con­nec­tion be­tween how things used to be and how things are,” he said.

“I re­ally hope that it can build con­nec­tions with peo­ple. I feel that’s a very strong mes­sage in our song. I think that’s some­thing that needs to hap­pen.”

Rueben said it was im­por­tant to be able to con­nect with the younger

gen­er­a­tions and hoped their video had achieved this.

He wel­comed Kingscliff High School’s sup­port of the mu­sic video project.

“The school has been re­ally, re­ally sup­port­ive of a lot of things lately,” he said.



BIG SHOTS: By­ron Bay’s One Vi­sion Pro­duc­tions re­cently teamed up with Kingscliff High School stu­dents to pro­duce a pow­er­ful mu­sic video clip.

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