A short film tackling the issue of disrespectful and abusive relationships by Margaret River Senior High School students is the runner-up in the state-wide Youth Choices short film competition, run by WA Police Force and Constable Care Foundation.

The 2021 competition challenged students in Years 7 to 12 to creatively explore the sensitive issue of relationship and family safety through the creation of a three-minute short film. Students were invited to focus on risks such as controlling behaviours, unhealthy relationships, family conflict, harassment and stalking, and emotional abuse.

Joshua Yates and Seth Weadly from Margaret River Senior High School took out second place with their film “A Helping Hand”. The central character is abused by her dad at home and mistreated by her peers at school. The winning entry addressedthe issue of stalking.

Every year the Youth Choices film competition (formerly known as Your Call) attracts hundreds of entries from secondary students across Western Australia. In teams of up to three, students explore safety risks and find solutions through the safe environment of film.

Constable Care Foundation CEO, David Gribble, praised the quality of entries and said the films produced by secondary students will play a role in helping young people stay safe.

“All films touched on family and relationship issues which sadly continue to be ongoing problems in our society causing harm to many young people,” Mr Gribble said. “This year’s competition was designed to empower students to identify unhealthy relationships, make safe choices and build healthy relationships.”

The winning film will become the inspiration for a new interactive online game, where viewers become part of the action in a choose-your-own-ending format. The winners will collaborate with professional filmmakers to bring their vision to life in the latest Youth Choices online game.

Constable Care Foundation’s suite of award-winning Youth Choices films can be found at: https://www.cccsf.org.au/programs/your-call/

For images, interviews or for further information, please contact:

Diane Ainsworth, Marketing & Communications Manager
Constable Care Foundation
041 2000 606 or [email protected]