Indigenous youth shows how to make good Reply

by Laura Drysdale

Eli Roberts and his mate Dunka Calwell, who features in Making Good, take a break from their early morning boxing training program in Glebe. Photo: Sydney City Council

In March, the Lights, Camera, Action (LCA) co-operative focused on six young, Indigenous Australians and filmed them talking about their lives as a minority group on the streets of Glebe.LCA, a non-profit initiative that gives local Indigenous people an opportunity to gain work in acting and the media, submitted the seven-minute short film entitled Making Good, to the City Short Film Showcase, an event in Sydney Youth Week.

“We put the power in their hands and allowed them to show us what’s inspired them to make the decisions they have in their lives,” says David Beaumont, co-ordinator of LCA.

Mr Beaumont said he noticed a change in the young people as the project progressed.“By involving them in the day-to-day, end-to-end production of the film, we’ve given them confidence.

“We are telling a positive story, steering away from the negativity that is so often portrayed in the media around Indigenous people,” he says.

According to Mr Beaumont, the opportunity for the young people to tell their stories for Making Good is “a hand-up, not a hand-out”.

It’s also a chance for LCA to promote its message of social inclusion, education and employment for members of the Indigenous community.

And social inclusion it is. Jenna Bloom, a Youth Week team leader, and her team urged young people, who come from all backgrounds, to tell their stories.

Ms Bloom expects Making Good to be one of many films submitted to the City Short Film Showcase.

“We’re expecting to see some inspiring messages embracing the Youth Week theme of ‘Inspire. Create. Imagine’.

“It’s an opportunity for young people to show where they’ve come from, and how they’ve got to where they are now,” she says.

Involvement in the short film showcase has already opened the door to the future for one young Australian.

Dunka Caldwell, whose story features in Making Good, has been talent spotted. National network NZTV approached the young man with an offer to be an Indigenous face for youth television across the Tasman.

“Dunka will be able to demonstrate how proud he is of his culture, and the things he’s doing to better himself,” David Beaumont says, adding that it’s an inspirational message to young Maoris alike.

Making Good and other film entries will hit the screens on April 15 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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