Budding filmmakers embrace diversity

TWO Montrose Bay High School students have put their filmmaking abilities on display to capture an insight into the deaf community.

Year seven video making students Hayley Rice and Scarlett Neil created the film ‘This is Me’ as part of the 2018 Ability Short Film Festival.

It depicts the journey of fellow student DJ who uses Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to teach his high school friends how to sign.

“We wanted to make the video to show people how to sign because DJ had said that he wanted people to know how to say hello and have a chat to him,” Scarlett said.

“We thought it would be nice if we could help him do that, as some students don’t know that he’s deaf and it’s a way for him to make new friends.”

DJ said it took him a while to get used to the idea.

“I thought the video was a little bit strange at first but then I thought it was great,” he said.

“There are a lot of people who don’t know about signing, so it will spread the word about how different our world and language is.”

Montrose Bay High School teacher Caitlin Love said the film showed the fun that students had when they embraced diversity.

“Hayley and Scarlett wished to show the ways that their friendship is enriched by DJ and depict a young person who may have a disability, but is not seen as having limitations,” she said.

“Not only have they produced a beautiful film, they have also been able to share an inspiring message that celebrates the unique abilities of one of their friends.”

The winner of the competition will be announced on 5 September.

To view the film, visit www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/This_is_Me_1441.html.

Caption: Montrose Bay High School year seven student DJ, left, with budding filmmaker Scarlett Neil.