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Beyond Here Be Dragons
Arts, Community, Health & Wellbeing, History, Rural, Social Justice, Sport/Adventure, Welfare
Join an odyssey into the unique, unchartered world of 22 Australian breast cancer survivors attending the 2018 IBCPC Dragon Boat Race Festival in Italy. Behind the event lie tales of personal, social, career and financial struggles plus relationship adversity. Seen through the eyes of Karen Borger, accomplished filmmaker, breast cancer survivor and dragon boat team member, the audience enjoys an unique vantage point to the experience and the story of how this elegant and quintessentially Chinese cultural phenomenon developed into a worldwide sport, and then, from one breast cancer survivor team in Canada, spawned a dynamic, forward-thinking International community helping women rebuild their lives.Borger’s team, the Aussie Dragonflies, from mid-North coast NSW, is made up of inspiring women aged between 40-80. Already facing the sense of invisibility and irrelevance in society, this crew will push the boundaries of respect for older women. They travel from tranquil Australian coastal rivers to paddle down the Arno in Florence with 3500 other international ‘thrivers’ participating in races and events aimed at fostering awareness and dialogue within the large international community. The Dragonflies final race results in a thrilling moment of achievement.Hope forms an overarching thread. From the moment of diagnosis, patients face tests, scans, surgeries, and treatments, which often result in terrible side effects. The women straddle personal hurdles; interruption to careers, limited social interaction, an impaired physical life, financial burdens and often relationships collapse. Solidarity heals the angst.We'll provoke debate by exploring the cultural taboos that prompt women to hide their truth, pain and suffering from colleagues, friends and even family? Why do 50% of men leave partners facing breast cancer? We aim to inspire change in the accepted mindset. The financial impact of battling breast cancer is surprising and staggering; between $10,000-45,000 in Australia. This heavy burden, shouldered along with fighting the disease, impacts quality of life. It’s time to investigate and unravel how 1 in 8 Australian women, all breast cancer patients, face and cope with these issues. And finally, how do survivors move on? Coming out the other side scarred, physically debilitated in many ways, and certainly not the same person as before, the worry of reoccurrences is countered as they find solace, rebuild personal and professional lives, regain positive body image and nurture their health with fellow travelers. Unity aids emotional recovery. Exercise facilitates physical restoration. Yet it’s the sharing of thrilling team adventures and stories that heal the deeper wounds.Thus Breast Cancer Dragon Boating was born. Come now on this journey with the Aussie Dragonflies celebrating life beyond a breast cancer diagnosis.
Ticketyboo: A Secret in Plain Sight
Aged, Arts, Community, Disability, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Human Rights, Rural, Social Justice, Welfare
“Since I was a child, he often confided his two greatest fears – to lose his mind and end up in a nursing home. Both those things happened.” Writer | Director Renée BrackTicketyboo begins by exploring one family’s deeply personal struggle of losing a loved one, a piece at a time. Thom Brack was a realist artist whose world became surreal as a result of living with dementia. Their spiraling journey was also filled with unpredictable, warm and even amusing moments that made the heartbreak almost bearable and very human. In a documentary and virtual reality experience, the story expands to explore how other cultures deal with dementia then moves into the creative ways we can generate greater understanding and inclusivity for people touched by dementia.
Red Dust Dreams - the Documentary
Aged, Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Indigenous, Rural, Social Justice, Sport/Adventure, Welfare, Youth
There are several aims for our documentary, ‘Red Dust Dreams – the Documentary’. One of these is to try to help bridge the country-city divide that is still so evident throughout Australia; another is to have a look ‘behind the scenes’ - taking a look at the little-known about domestic side of life on some of our pastoral stations. We also want to showcase some of our spectacular scenery which is unique to our outback. To help preserve and record history both on the stations, between them and in some of the outback towns. Many of our pastoral stations have had to turn to tourism or other forms of business in order to be able to remain where they live. We are trying to feature these businesses and provide these people with extra exposure. As well as some of those in outback towns. We plan for the four parts of our documentary to include both well known tourist attractions throughout the outback as well as those that are not so well known - but should be. Highlighting things out there – trying to show tourists there is a lot that our outback has to offer as well as the lusher areas of our nation. Education is one of the aspects we are trying to involve through the book and documentary (we have permission to film a station class in action – including School of the Air/Distance Education), as well as from the base end (filming the teachers in action as well as a couple of interviews), the purpose being, again, to show how our remote education system actually works. Other aspects we are including are employment, entertainment, transport, distances travelled – for anything, holidays (what holidays?). Also infrastructure, mail, shopping, fuel, power, health (and the Royal Flying Doctor Service), communication, the advent of the internet and social media, the Indigenous aspect and more. We are also trying to coincide our travels with some of the outback’s events – one being the Big Red Bash at Birdsville. We do have permission to film interviews with some of the entertainers (some of Australia’s best vocalists) as well as the founder of the event and the owners of the station on which the event is held. Also the Marree Camel Races. Another essential part of our documentary – and the entire ‘Red Dust Dreams’ project is a ‘warning’ to anyone who plans to travel out there – do their homework. Research. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Explaining how unforgiving the outback can be, but just a bit of preparation and research can help to make it one of the best – and safest - holidays a person can have. We do have a Risk Management Plan in place. The first trip of our documentary has already taken place (self-funded) and we filmed an interview with an amazing character in Newman. This is something we plan to do throughout, with people who want to join in. Film some yarns, a bit of fun. We do plan to donate a percentage of whatever profits we might eventually make to several organisations relating to the outback.