YScreen presented by Bond University is a program of entertaining and intelligent films and workshops that seeks to encourage young audiences to become active viewers, stimulate critical discussion of film and provide an insight into other cultures and ways of life.
In 2017, two films were selected to screen alongside film critique workshops conducted by professional film critics from the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA): award-winning Australian documentary Zach’s Ceremony and the French-language, Academy Award nominated, stop-motion animation, My Life As A Courgette.
Study guides for each film, created in conjunction with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM QLD), are available to download below and provide film content analysis for teachers and students.
Zach’s Ceremony is the extraordinary story of Zach Doomadgee, a young indigenous boy who is struggling to find his place in the world, torn between an inner-city life in Sydney and the traditions of his heritage. Filmed over five years, this revealing and insightful documentary follows Zach as he is challenged by the temptations of adolescence, the threats of urban racism and the journey to his home town where he embarks on a traditional rite of initiation.
The film offers a uniquely moving perspective on the modern experiences faced by indigenous youth while also telling an excitingly universal coming of age tale of a young person overcoming adversity and finding themselves through family and community.
Zach’s Ceremony won the audience award for best documentary at both the Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals in 2016 and presents an engaging, humane and profoundly Australian take on the trials of adolescence.
Download the study guide for Zach’s Ceremony here.
MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE:
My Life As A Courgette is a delightful, award-winning Swiss stop-motion animation that explores a child’s journey through a foster home with insight, wit and charming humour. This extraordinarily life-affirming film follows a nine-year-old boy as he finds a new family among the other orphans.
Over seven years in the making, My Life As A Courgette is a gorgeously handmade piece of animation that has been winning awards all over the world from collecting both the Grand prize and the audience award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Film Festival to being selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award.
Dealing with mature themes in an accessible, humourous and respectful way, the film is also simply a joy to experience.
Download the study guide for My Life As A Courgette here.
School screenings are $9.50 per school student, teachers free and include access to the comprehensive study guide for each film and attendance at the film criticism session.
The annual Future Filmmakers event for year 11 and 12 students considering a career in film will also return in 2018 at Bond University.