In November last year a Belgian backpacker, Olivier Caramin, known to his friends as Max, died while picking pumpkins on a farm at Ayr in Queensland. He was 27 and had been working on the farm for just four days.
Max was one of thousands of backpackers who come to Australia on working holiday visas. To get a second year they must do 88 days of farm work. Some leave it to the end of their first year, which makes them particularly vulnerable to exploitation.
But how does what happened to Max occur in a country like Australia?
Every year thousands of young people travel to Australia, to start a year of working and travelling on a working holiday visa. To receive a 2nd year long visa, backpackers are legally required to complete 88 days of farm work in rural Australia.
This work is unregulated, and so many farmers take advantage of this. There are far too many stories of backpackers getting financially, sexually and violently exploited. We want to show the industry for what it is, through a documentary film.
Director & Producer: Katherine Stoner
Katherine was inspired to make a documentary about the exploitation of backpackers after her personal experiences working on farms during her travels of Australia in 2015.
Katherine graduated from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Media Production in September 2018.
Katherine has previous experience directing, producing and editing short films and documentaries and hopes to continue filmmaking.
Assistant Director: Antony Klipper
Antony was inspired to make a documentary about the treatment of backpackers on farms in Australia since the death of his close friend, Oliver Max Caramin, who died on a farm a few days after arriving in Australia.
Antony has filmed several travel films for Belgium company Vranckx & de Nomaden and hopes to film more documentaries and travel films in the future.
Antony is hoping to complete his Masters Degree in filmmaking next year.
Cinematographer & Production Designer: Gina Tesloff
Gina was inspired to work on this documentary after learning of the exploitation of backpackers.
Gina has a wide variety of experience working in design and as a cinematographer.
Gina hopes to continue her career as a designer, and will be graduating from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Media Production in September 2018
Supervising Sound Editor and Production Sound Mixer: Anson Day
Anson is a Multimedia Sound Recordist and Artist. With experience working internationally, creating soundscapes for a variety of short films and documentaries in the US and UK. Anson also has experienced in onset recording and post production.
Graduating in September 2018 from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Audio Production, Anson hopes to continue working with onset and post production sound.
Composer: Shaun Banham
Shaun has gained a lot of experience composing music for films throughout his time studying Audio Production at the University of Lincoln.
Shaun hopes to continue creating music after graduation in 2018
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