SMASHED is an inter-generational film project directed and produced by youth in Roebourne, WA, to create professional quality short films with a focus on health and culture. This series is requested by Mawarnkarra Health Service and is aimed at positively influencing attitudes towards alcohol and nutrition. Mawarnkarra Health Service is a strong, sustainable and recognised medical health service that builds healthier communities and positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and those who call Roebourne home.
The film series is being delivered by arts and social change company Big hART out of the Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre. The initiative is a legacy of Big hART’s Yijala Yala Project, a long-term arts-based collaboration with the Roebourne community, focused on telling the story of the community’s culture, history and future.
Since August, approximately 15 young people have been participating in after-school workshops lead by the IF Foundation and Big hART’s visiting filmmakers Claire Leach and Curtis Taylor. The Perth-based artists offer years of experience working in the Pilbara to the young filmmakers. The project teaches fundamental filmmaking skills, including storyboarding, camera operation, sound recording, location scouting, acting, presenting and documentation. These skills develop new pathways to education, industry and communication across cultures.
The films were launched in Roebourne on Friday 27 November and are now ready to watch online. Enjoy!