The young stars of a feature length animated drama film produced and filmed in the Illawarra will tell their Protection stories in Shellharbour for the first time.
The film, which tells the story of their childhood living in public housing estates also includes footage from the Shellharbour Library in the Civic Centre building where one part of the animated movie was filmed.
The film has been developed with the support of a small team of filmmakers working for Beyond Empathy.
Five years in the making, Protection explores the raw 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.
Film screenings are being organised through innovative 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.
Cooper, one of the children featured in Protection was happy his story had struck a chord with so many people.
“We’re so happy that people want to see our film. Sometimes people say negative things about where we live, but this shows us and other people that we can do great things,” he said.
A Q&A will be held following the screening of the film from 6pm at Shellharbour Library on Tuesday, December 11.
Tickets cost $5 per person and include tea and coffee.