Kids’ happiness at heart of film for Australian Childhood Foundation

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ALEX LUTTRELL MERCURY OCTOBER 05, 2015 12:00AM

Young actors Vienna Markham, 15, Jessica Lloyd, 10, James Markham, 14, Will Zeeman, 11, and Harriet Roger, 13, have recently filmed a new ad campaign for the Australian Childhood Foundation. Picture: LUKE BOWDEN
Young actors Vienna Markham, 15, Jessica Lloyd, 10, James Markham, 14, Will Zeeman, 11, and Harriet Roger, 13, have recently filmed a new ad campaign for the Australian Childhood Foundation. Picture: LUKE BOWDEN

 

A SHORT film that highlights the value of a childhood through the eyes of 10 young actors is seeking to raise awareness for abused youth in Tasmania.

Cooper Screen Academy has teamed up with video producers Ashton and Peek and the Australian Childhood Foundation in a promotional film to raise funds for the creation of a state-of-the-art centre aimed at children traumatised by violence and neglect.

The foundation wants to establish the state’s first community-financed centre in Hobart to reach a growing number of children, it says, are suffering mental and physical abuse at home.

The centre is expected to cost $750,000 and the film, narrated by well-known Tasmanian actor John X, calls for help raising $450,000 to buy and refurbish a Hobart property to house the centre.

The foundation’s fundraising partner, Hill Street Grocer, is leading the charge towards making the vision a reality.

Family spokesman Nick Nikitaras, also featured in the film, said his family wanted to support the community.

“We want to make sure Tasmania is a great place to grow up as a child,” he said recently.

Cooper Screen Academy director Sara Cooper said the film sent a strong message about the value of a healthy childhood and the joy of being young and simple activities.

The film was shot at various Tasmanian locations including the Huon River, Lauderdale, the Bowen Bridge and Sandown Park and Nutgrove area.

“The [child actors] were fishing and bike riding and it was going back to a less electronic era so to speak,” Ms Cooper said.

Cast member Vienna Markham, 15, said she wanted to pursue acting somewhere down the track.

“It was a good experience and a great privilege to be able to do my part to help out children who go through trauma,” she said.


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