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Hawkesbury Film Project - History
Commencing in May 2000, The Hawkesbury Film Project
was a new concept initially founded by Armando Arango
(Film Director), Jeff Parkin (Senior Constable - Windsor
Police) and Stephen Lillie (Drug & Alcohol Councillor
- Hawkesbury District Health Service). Jeff Parkin and
Stephen Lillie became the Executive Producers of the
film, and took on the roles of being Project Managers.
John Klofac (General Manager - Digital Mayhem) has been
approached in August 2000, to manage the Audio, Video
and Image Production and Post Production of the whole
The Project was designed to promote awareness in 'Drug
and Alcohol Use', ‘Road Safety’, ‘Theft’,
‘Domestic Violence’, ‘School Bullying’
and other topical issues, in the form of short films.
These films are aimed primarily at teenagers from the
local areas of the Hawkesbury region and are shown at
all the local schools as part of the education awareness
Hawkesbury Film Project 1 - "Drugs What
"Drugs What If?" was initiated in May 2000
and was in Pre Production for more than a year, which
involved the gathering of ideas of interested young
people for what the theme of the film should be. A script
was finally developed, and actors were chosen for the
The film's story follows two best friends through school
where they both receive the opportunity to start a scholarship
to become doctors. As a celebration of their achievements,
their other school friends organise a party for them,
which is only attended by one of the best friends.
The party includes binge drinking and drug use which
accidentally affects one of the best friends, who as
a result gets arrested. Due to the arrest, the student
misses out on the scholarship, and finds herself as
a cleaner at the hospital where her best friends now
works as a trainee doctor.
The film was shot in September 2001, after which it
was in Post Production for a few months before its premiere
release in November 2001 at the Richmond Regent Theatre.
Copies of the film were distributed into schools within
the Hawkesbury in early 2002. The film has also been
shown at international drug and alcohol conferences,
where copies of the film were requested by various countries.
The Hawkesbury Film Project is an initiative of two
key principal organisations which are: Hawkesbury District
Health Service and Hawkesbury Police Command.
"Drugs What If?" has involved a number of
key sponsors which included Digital Mayhem, Integral
Energy, Wentworth Area Health Service, Audio Sound Centre,
Lemac Films (Australia), and Film & Tape Sales.
Organisations such as the NSW Police Service, Hawkesbury
District Health Service, NSW Education Department, Hawkesbury
City Council, Bede Polding College, Hawkesbury Community
Safety Committee, Hawkesbury District Hospital, Hawkesbury
Panthers Sporting Club, Department of Juvenile Justice,
John Morony Correctional Centre, Panavision Lighting,
Kennards Hire and Richmond RAAF were involved to help
and contribute resources to certain aspects of this
Part of the criteria for this project is that the community
is involved. Local drama school students have been asked
to participate in acting for this project.
For the success of the Hawkesbury Film Project 1 "Drugs
What If?", all production was handled by professionals
free of charge. Crew members participating as part of
the production team were given the appropriate credit/s
in the film.
As a result of a positive community response from this
film project, ongoing support from sponsors and interested
parties has enabled the future funding of
the Hawkesbury Film Project.
Hawkesbury Film Project 2 - "Club Eyerus"
Mayhem has once again become a proud sponsor of the
Hawkesbury Film Project.
In June 2003, Digital Mayhem has undertaken the production
of the Hawkesbury Film Project 2, titled "Club
Eyerus". Like the first Hawkesbury Film Project,
titled "Drugs What If?", it will be exploring
the consequences of drug and alcohol use amongst young
people within the Hawkesbury.
"Club Eyerus" is quite different compared
to "Drugs What If?" as it was initiated by
a form of a competition, where young people from the
Hawkesbury were given a chance to create their own drug
and alcohol awareness videos, which were then entered
and judged against set criteria.
This process enabled the principal organisers of the
Hawkesbury Film Project to take a step back from the
story planning, which in turn resulted in ideas and
perceptions purely generated by the young people of
Out of all the entries received, one was picked as
being the most creative, which was "Club Eyerus".
"Club Eyerus" has now been professionally
recreated by Digital Mayhem for distribution. Like "Drugs
What If?", "Club Eyerus" will be distributed
into all schools within the Hawkesbury and any other
schools within Australia or overseas upon request. "Club
Eyerus" will also be presented at various local
and international drug and alcohol conferences.
"Club Eyerus" has Premiered at the Richmond
Regent Twin Cimena in Richmond on the 24th of November
2003. Distribution of the film has been set for early
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