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Published on Dec 9, 2011
Finalist in The Oasis Homeless Short Film Competition. Congratulations! Mudgee High School, NSW.
When we found out about this competition from our drama teacher way back in April we were all extremely excited about making our very own film. After hours of brainstorming, we managed to establish the idea that the teenage homeless are often overlooked and not heard, as though they have no voice. This was the main theme of our film. To represent this theme on the screen, we decided to produce a silent film. This also presented its own challenges. How would we voice our ideas without dialogue but just with visuals and music? This was when our idea of using mimes as characters was born. The use of the recurring image of the petals falling from the flower was used to symbolise the loss of hope, confidence, soul and self-belief that the homeless often experience. The longer you are cut off from society, family and friends, the more you lose who you really are; just like a flower dying after being cut off from water. The film also shows that if you lose your way it does not mean that you cannot find your way. If we just listen, not ignore this worsening issue of youth homelessness and work with such organisations as the Salvation Army and Oasis, we can bring them out of the silence and give them a voice.