Currently in post production is “Making Emmaus”. This documentary tells the remarkable story of Emmaus Community – a great example of successful independent community living for adults with mental health and homelessness challenges. Emmaus Community is something quite unique – possibly the only one of its kind in Australia. Psychiatrists and community nurses have spoken about how Emmaus is able to reduce hospitalisation and dependency on the mental health system. Residents who live at Emmaus speak about how it’s changed their lives completely, and family members of those who live there have painted pictures of just how much Emmaus has had a positive effect on their sons, brothers, daughters and friends.
Emmaus was founded by Al Archer – a tattooed, quirky, ever-smiling, croc-wearing brother who saw a need in the mental health system and set out to create a way to fill that need. Al was born and raised in Kenya. He went from singing and performing on stage in Sydney, London and Los Angeles to a record contract with the same record label as INXS. After making an uncommon visit to church in Los Angeles one Saturday night, he was struck by something he’d never experienced before and his life did a complete turn. He returned to Australia to work in a 500 bed homeless men’s shelter in Kings Cross and from there, created Emmaus Community in Perth.
Emmaus Community is not only a shining example of positive community living for adults dealing with mental health challenges and homelessness – it’s much more than that. It’s a timely reminder of how the fundamental principles of love, trust and respect can change lives. We’re raising finishing funds and donations to the film are 100% tax deductible. Find out more here. Watch the pitch teaser:
Another documentary which is currently in production is “Banjo”. In 1949, Banjo Morton and a small handful of Aboriginal stockmen walked off from the vast Lake Nash cattle station, demanding pay in wages instead of rations. While the walk-off was only short lived, their success was etched into history. It’s a part of history that has remained relatively unknown beyond the stories told by Banjo and the others but it was recorded forever in the 1949 Lake Nash Police Journal by Police Constable Jack Mahony. This documentary follows the journey of, Richard Downs – Banjo’s nephew and other members of Banjo’s family as they visit the archives in Alice Springs to see the original documentation by Constable Mahony that documented the 1949 Walk Off and then make a road trip out to the Lake Nash Cattle Station where it all happened back in 1949.
This is more than just the story of Banjo’s walk-off in 1949 – an the documentation of a significant part of history. It’s a story about uncovering the past and trying to discover what place the past has in the present. It’s also a story about families and connections and about returning pride to a family so that the story of Banjo and the other stockmen will never be forgotten. More information here.
Tax deductible donations can be made here.