2506 is a short film made by young indigenous Australians living in the community of Berkeley(NSW, Australia). The film is a unique blend of hip-hop and music cinema, and tells the story of young love, crime and regret.
2506 was shot in and around the suburb of Berkeley over a five month period in late 2009. Young people used their own experiences of crime, love and hardship to create the hip-hop music tracks featured in the film. The young people also operated cameras, boom microphones and used diverse devices from mobile phones to cherry picker cranes to tell the story of 17 year old Boo, who is in love with Jake. It seems her life is on hold. She is waiting for him to return from yet another stint in a juvenile detention centre. When he does, she wonders whether she can trust him to stay out of trouble this time. Jake appears to have good intentions, but at a party he gets drawn by his mates into a situation that puts him back in lock up. Boo is left wondering whether she can wait for him again.
The film is a musical drama, a hip hOPera, developed from a series of songs written by the young indigenous people of Berkeley over the past three years. The production features strong acting and musical performances from a cast all making their first appearance on screen.
2506 screened at the 2010 Show Me Shorts Film Festival, Auckland NZ, -the 2010 FastNet Short Film Festival, Ireland and won 'Best Audience Response' at the 2010 Margaret River International Short Film Festival, Australia.
Beyond Empathy. the Production Company, is a nationally recognised not for profit organisation that uses the arts to influence change in the lives of individuals and communities experiencing recurring hardship.
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