What is The Foyer? Is it a drug rehabilitation centre? Is it a women’s crisis refuge? Is it a place for ‘really naughty kids’?
These are some of the questions floating around in the community and the reason why the young residents of The Foyer decided to make a film to educate the community. They were sick of people having the wrong idea about them and where they live.
The ‘well-being’ group formed by Foyer residents decided creating a film might be the best way to get their message across. And so, I was invited to work alongside young residents of The Foyer in Warrnambool to create a short documentary about their home. We called the film ‘Inside The Foyer’ because the film invites viewers to take a look inside and see for themselves what The Foyer is. It does this by physically showing viewers the inside of the building and by introducing viewers to some of the residents who live there (they’re not so scary afterall).
I mentored a handful of residents and staff through the process of filming and editing the film. The residents, with support from staff, independently filmed all the overlay footage predominantly on their camera phones.
The film was launched in November 2015 at a public screening at Brophy and Family Youth Services. The young residents believe the film has served its purpose and has had a positive impact in dis-spelling some of misguided beliefs.
What is The Foyer?
The Foyer is run by Brophy and Family Youth Services. It is supported independent living accommodation for young people aged between 16-25 who can live there for up to 2 years. The residents receive support to develop their independent living skills and focus on their education and employment pathways. The young people at the Foyer are responsible for managing their own self-contained units and the project is supported by staff 24/7. The Foyer’s motto is “Live, Learn and Earn” and to be eligible for a tenancy you must be experiencing housing difficulties and be motivated to study or work.
Inspired by the film Baraka, I am embarking on a nature documentary and taking the town of Peterborough along for the ride. The wild ocean, winter surf, storms, rain, underwater wonderland, shipwrecks, local flora and fauna, will be all captured and celebrated on film.
‘Snapshots’ is the name of the film project that will involve the small and beautiful community of Peterborough, Victoria, creating a collaborative film project. I have teamed up with the Peterborough Residents Group to invite the people of Peterborough to get involved in filming their local environment in all its winter splendor.
We want to harness the skills, abilities and creativity of the local community to create a beautiful film. To get involved all you need in some kind of video camera device; iPhone, iPad, smartphone, GoPro, Action Camera, DSLR, Drone, and a willingness to go out in the winter cold and capture what you see as beautiful, wild and wonderful. Film footage will be collected from participants in November and edited into a short nature documentary style film. A music score will be created and produced by local Warrnambool musicians John Hudson and Matt Hewson to accompany the film. The film will be screened at the Peterborough Music Festival in January, 2015.
I will be running a number of free filmmaking workshops in Peterborough to inspire and skill people up in the art of filmmaking. We hope that people of all ages and interest groups will get involved.
Are you on Facebook? Join our page and keep updated with project progress and upcoming workshops. facebook.com/PeterboroughSnapshots
All workshops are held at the Peterborough Golf Club.
Please supply your own lunch and water bottle. Light Refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided.
Bring your camera (fully charged battery), cords, camera manual (if you have it) and laptop (if you have one)
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or send a FB msg with your name and contact details (phone/email)
This project is supported by the Moyne Shire through the Pitch Project initiative.