Mackillop Family Services are a foster care company that is passionate about supporting families and children to thrive. They are Australia’s largest foster care company and have programs throughout Australia.
The layout below is a timeline of projects I have created for MFS from 2016 - 2019. I’ve worked directly with Mackillop to create compelling stories about the many programs that they offer throughout Australia.
Below each video is an outline of each project from initial brief through to production completion. Tonally each of these stories carry a common thread of compassion and empathy and as a filmmaker I pride myself on the respect and sensibility I bring to each film.
In June 2018, I travelled with some of the Mackillop Family Services team to remote North East NSW. Mackillop was in the process of writing their Reconciliation Action Plan (to be launched in mid-2019) and as part of that, they visited numerous small towns to talk to the local people about how Mackillop can best serve them and their community.
We travelled 2000kms over seven days to spend time in five towns, each distinctly different to the next. We visited Bourke, Lighting Ridge, Brewarrina and Walgett. My brief was to film the meeting between Mackillop and the people within each town, in addition to the candid natural moments that occurred in each visit. The Mackillop staff and I also worked with local indigenous people in each of the towns to tell a story about their connection to culture and country.
It was an amazing experience and such a privilege to meet and listen to the stories of so many wonderful people.
The story below captures Daryl Ferguson and his connection to country. The second video was also captured on the trip and created for NAIDOC week. It features many of the Mackillop staff who work in the regions.
Roelands village was originally a farm used also as a Mission to house children removed from families from across Western Australia. At times the Mission had more than 100 Aboriginal children living there from all over Western Australia.
Roelands village is now run by Woolkabunning Kiaka Inc and their main purpose is to provide opportunities for guests and visitors to Roelands to interact with and learn about the Roelands Mission story and Aboriginal cultural heritage – while providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to take responsibility for their future.
Mackillop family services assisted in creating a care service for a young boy who had previously been placed at 17 different homes before settling at Roelands village. The young boy is now cared for the people and elders of Roelands village and through the foster program and attachment to the wider community he is learning about his history and connection to culture.
MacKillop's specialist schools provide a positive learning environment to support students disengaged, or at risk of disengaging from school.
The brief for this film was to tell the story of the Geelong Specialist school and how it helps young people to re engage with learning.