Tears of Joy follows 4 different disadvantaged youth over a 3 month period to capture via observational and profile filming their challenges, their struggle, their love and their achievements so that the wider community gets an awareness and insight into their life situation. From an indigenous wheelchair basketballer aiming to represent his country to a down syndrome youth finishing school and chasing a career to a recent quadriplegic who has just finished rehab and adjusting to her new life to an abused youth who has been kicked out of home and found shelter and love at a special hostel, these stories will bring understanding and inspiration to our community and leave a lump in the throat of every viewer. Importantly while disabled and disadvantaged youth, their families, carers, friends and service providers total over 4 million Australians up till now the media has shunned this large sector of our society. Tears of Joy aims to right this wrong.
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
Disabled and Disadvantaged youth has not received any major media attention up till now. Yet this sector affects over 4 million Australians and the National Disability Insurance Scheme is on the horizon. While all the politicians and most Australians support the NDIS the majority of Australians do not have any insight into the challenges and lives of disabled/disadvantaged youth. Through this philanthropic Foundation I believe this powerful, emotive and inspirational documentary will bring awareness to and a change in attitude towards such people by the wider community. Awareness, understanding and inspiration will bring disabled/disadvantaged youth into mainstream society and Tears of Joy will be the vehicle to do it thereby enhancing the outcomes of the philanthropic foundation.
What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
Aims & Objectives
The main outcome is providing awareness, understanding and instigating a change of attitude among mainstream society towards disabled/disadvantaged youth. Viewers will see that it does not matter if you are disabled or just disadvantaged both suffer from ignorance, a lack of opportunity, and a lack of support and money. Tears of Joy will promote a change in the way our society sees such people and an understanding of how the NDIS will influence their lives.
What is your education and outreach strategy?
Importantly the documentary will be offered free of charge to ABCTV docos, SBS docos, 7two, Gem, and if screened repeated on the Lifestyle Channel, TVSN, other community channels, a link on all charities' websites, a link on the NDIS website, multiple DVD copies handed to community groups and retail outlets and offered to such international networks as Channel 4 Britain, CNN, and Oprah's Own Network. Moreover the documentary will be offered via a link to all state Departments of Education and Private schools across Australia as it will be seen by teachers as an important educational tool to bring awareness and attitude change to our kids.
John Bay has enjoyed over 20 years experience with major FTA and PAY networks in the role of reporter, producer, director, promo director and documentary writer,producer and director.
Martin Thorne is a very experienced producer who works at Frame Set and Match, one of Sydney's finest post production houses that produces major TV series and docos for the networks.