A feature-length animated drama film produced and filmed in the Illawarra continues to be a sell-out hit.
Children from the Bundaleer Housing Estate in Warrawong will celebrate the fourth sold out screening of their film Protection on Wednesday night at the Gala Cinemas, Warrawong.
While this screening of the film is sold out, a fifth public screening of the film will also take place next month.
It will be hosted by Barnardos South Coast and be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 4pm at the Gala Cinemas.
A five-year film project, Protection was made collaboratively with children from public housing areas in the Illawarra.
Protection uses a blend of film and animation to tell stories about childhood.
The film explores the themes of bullying, honesty, compassion, empathy and friendship and is made up of 32 storylines that have been drawn up through the children’s own real-life experiences and personalities.
They include an Aboriginal girl overcoming bullying in her dance class, a boy owning up to throwing an object from a freeway overpass and causing an accident, to a group of kids keeping public housing landlords at bay to stop a friend from being evicted.
Having run the community centre in the Bundaleer Housing Estate for more than 10 years, Barnardos South Coast has come on board to host the fifth screening.
“We are thrilled to support this screening of Protection and providing an opportunity to share these inspiring stories from our community,” Barnardos South Coast centre manager Kathy Jones said.
“These children and their families have overcome considerable adversity and demonstrate incredible resilience, and we are proud to be part of their journey.”
The first screening of the film took place in June.
The film was developed with the support of a small team of film-makers working for Beyond Empathy, a not-for-profit community, arts and cultural development organisation that uses the arts to build opportunities for young people who live in disadvantaged places.
Children featured in the film will also host a Q&A session following the August screening, enabling the audience to gain insights into how the film was made.
You can purchase tickets for the August 22 screening here.
The screenings of Protection are being organised through cinema-on-demand company, FanForce, which allows people to host screenings of films they want to see in cinemas when they want to see them.