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Rites of Passage

21.10. at 22:00

Rites of Passage is a feature length drama made collaboratively with a group of young people who dive below the surface of their often tough exteriors to reveal what’s going on inside. FESTIVALS: Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults (Sept 2013) / Australia Bay Street Film Festival, Canada, (Sept 2013) Honorable Mention / International Film Awards Berlin, Germany (Aug 2013) / Woods Hole Film Festival ,USA (Aug 2013) ---------- Filmed over three years by the community arts organisation Beyond Empathy (BE), six interwoven stories show the risk-taking, disappointment, joys and love that come with growing up. While their stories might be raw and brutal, they are also full of irreverence and humour. The stories are based on their own experiences. They might battle homelessness or addictions. They might live in public housing or come from families that have known hardship. But their performances on the screen and behind the camera prove that disadvantage needn’t dictate your future. For these young people, making the film became a rite of passage. The authenticity that these non-actors bring to the screen blurs the line between fact and fiction. The film is an innovative collage of colour and texture, shot in glorious mayhem on cameras ranging from 16mm, Super 8, Digital SLRs, Handycams, Infrared Black and White and iPhones. It is directed by award-winning film-maker Phillip Crawford and funded by BE, aided by a highly successful crowd-funding campaign. BE is a not-for-profit organisation with the catch cry: “We love art and we hate disadvantage!” Rites of Passage was shot in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Rites of Passage follows 10 principles: 1. The making of the film should help people living with hardship to build new futures 2. All key actors must be amateurs and live in the community where the film is shot 3. There can be no traditional script and there must be more than one story line 4. The story lines must be developed with the actors, drawing on their life experiences 5. If an actor fails to turn up, the shoot continues, creating a new direction for the film 6. The film must be shot in real locations in the community 7. Key actors and the production team should all operate cameras, sound, lighting and other equipment 8. Every scene should be shot with different types of cameras and styles 9. All the credits must be in alphabetical order, with no one credited as writer or creator 10. The first screening must be held in the community where the film was made.
2013, Australia
Kim McConville, Anna Cater

Phillip Crawford

Chris Simpson
Chaise Barbaric
Skie Carlson
Elias Rees
Tiran Dingle
Daniel De Filippo

Duration: 80'
Dialogues: English

Published in 2013, Golden Aphrodite
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