Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
The authors grew up together in St Kilda, so they are close to this story, witnessing the long-term effects of child-abuse and neglect across generations. This project is a voice for those silenced by shame, ignorance and pain. We made this film to bring attention to these crimes as many people are silenced. As with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, we hope there will be further investigation into this period of Australia’s criminal history. There was a large media and police response at the time which is reported in the book ‘Rockspider’ but nothing significant has surfaced since the 1980’s. The Book’s author also encountered walls of silence at the time of publishing in 1999.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
We hope audiences gain understanding and emotional empathy for children and people who live on the streets, and how they experience and cope with exploitation. To gain an intimate understanding of how a child is exploited and how this unfolds, and the nature of people who commit the crime.
We also hope that people will perceive the dignity of these children, and the complexities of the struggle to gain control of their lives
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
Themes of bonding and trust are explored. The boys only have each other. There are no trusted adults in their world so, like kids in “Lord of the Flies” they are forced to make their own rules.