Fighting Youth Issues With Youth Films

By Jacinta Payne

The top prize in the WA Police and Constable Care Child Safety Foundation film competition Your SAY, Your Call has been awarded to five students from Cyril Jackson.

Alexander Andrew Mhawira, Ben Randall, Mingho Tong, Jordan Hunt and Kelliane Jewel, were awarded first place in a ceremony at Methodist Ladies college this week for their film ‘Dead Line’. ‘Dead Line’ explores issues and consequences of drug abuse and exam pressure.

‘Dead Line’ will be adapted into an online virtual reality film for Your Call, and the winners will get the opportunity to observe and assist the professional film crew in the adaption.

WA Police Acting Superintendent, Don Emanuel-Smith believes young people don’t always listen to advice that comes from adults, and hopes that the Your SAY, Your Call festival will empower youth to educate themselves and each other.

“Peer education has shown to be an effective tool when addressing these topical subjects,” he said.
One of the winning students, year 12 Mr Mhawira hopes their film will help other young people see the dangers of drugs and alcohol on their bodies.

“Young people still do not have a mature frontal lobe, hence if it’s altered by taking drugs, the consequences could be long term damage.”

Ally Vocisano took second place, and third went to Eloise Atkinson, Martha Cohen, and Lauren Lindsay.

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