The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth

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The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth
AustralianPoster.jpg
Australian release poster
Directed by Saad Adam
Produced by Saad Adam
Cinematography Saad Adam
Edited by Saad Adam
Production
company
Question Mark Films
Release date
  • 10 August 2010 (2010-08-10)
Running time
60 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth is a 2010 documentary film produced, and directed by Saad Adam,[1] covering multiple subjects with intentions of "living a good life in Mount Druitt",[2] [3] inspired by Mount Druitt, NSW, Australia, being the place where the director was raised.[4][5]

Production[edit]

Saad created his own production company, 'Question Mark Films', and began working on the documentary in the autumn of 2009.[6][7] The film was produced and directed with no budget, with the cinematographer/director using a Canon HG 21 camera, a broken camera stand, and an inexpensive microphone.[8] The director interviewed 28 persons, 22 of whom appear in the documentary.[9]

The filmmaker noted that family trips to the now-closed Wonderland Sydney helped him keep away from crime when growing up, and so recently created a petition calling on the State Government to build a theme park in western Sydney,[10] as both a boost to local economy and a destination for Mount Druitt youth away from crime areas.[4]

The film is being screened at such film festivals as the American Artist Film Festival, INDIE World Film Festival & Jura Books Festival.[11]

Storyline[edit]

In the documentary Saad returns to Mount Druitt and offers a view that is rarely seen by "outsiders", through his exploring the lives of various youths in a suburb that has otherwise built up a notorious reputation for crime and drugs. The documentary explores the real-life backgrounds and stories that run contrary to the stereotypical branding of the suburb.[12]

Interviewees[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "review: The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth". The Primate Perspective. theprimateperspective.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Barcham, Helen (7 April 2010). "Film features Mt Druitt youth". Mt Druitt St Mary's Standard. mt-druitt-standard.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Susan Liu, Susan Liu (21 January 2011). "Mt Druitt model and Plumpton filmmaker join forces". STANDARD. st marys standard. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Stevens, Kylie (19 May 2010). "Many miss days of wonder of western suburbs theme park". Penrith Star. penrithstar.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth". Documentary Australia. documentaryaustralia.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Stevens, Kylie (1 September 2009). "Give them a chance, filmmaker says". Blacktown Sun. blacktownsun.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Murada, Lauren (4 November 2009). "Plumpton filmmaker shows warts and all". Mt Druitt St Mary's Standard. mt-druitt-standard.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  8. ^ McMurtry, Andrew (9 February 2010). "Breaking Down Barriers". Film Ink. filmink.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Stevens, Kylie (16 March 2010). "Film a slice of local life". St. Mary's Star. stmarysstar.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Stevens, Kylie (19 January 2010). "Filmmaker urges theme park". St. Mary's Star. stmarysstar.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Susan Liu, Susan Liu (7 January 2011). "First public screening for Adam Saad's film on Mt Druitt youth". STANDARD. st marys standard. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  12. ^ Stevens, Kylie (1 September 2009). "Doco's a slice of real life". St. Mary's Star. stmarysstar.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 

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