On Tuesday 9 April high school students involved in the Career Links Narrative Film Group Partnership shot a short-form documentary about the City of Lake Macquarie from a young person’s viewpoint.

This project is youth produced, directed and written, with the working title “The Lake”. It is about growing up in the City of Lake Macquarie; school, family, fun and work from a teenager’s point of view. Running time of the documentary will be about 9 minutes, and will be made with the aim of entry into film festivals both in Australia and overseas.

Over 20 Students from Hunter Sports High School, Lake Macquarie High School, Whitebridge High School and Belmont High School are involved in the film project.

The documentary will include an on-camera interview with Dr Robert Redpath, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Leader with the Hunter New England Local Health District and Adolescent Mental Health Service, who will be addressing a seminar at the Hunter Youth Mentoring Collaborative on the topic:  “The dynamic process of relationships during adolescence”.

Assisting the young people was award winning Chinese documentary film maker Mr Yang Tianci who is currently studying at the University of Newcastle and has kindly offered to give his time and expert advice for the day.

This Career Links partnership project is supported by Lake Macquarie City Council, Hunter Youth Mentoring Collaborative, The University of Newcastle ELICOS Language Centre and Mentors For our Schools Inc.

Young People, Bright Futures