1. 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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  2. "Legoland" is an experimental short film; an exploration of what it's like to live on a Housing Commission estate.
    Using infrared black-and-white imagery and a whispered narration, "Legoland" invites the viewer to find the beauty in a place they would probably prefer not to go.
    As an art installation work, "Legoland 2502" was selected to be shown at the New South Wales Art Gallery as part of the ArtExpress exhibition 2013.
    Written, Directed and Edited by Shaniece Igano. "Legoland" is one of Beyond Empathy's Rites of Passage films.

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  3. “…the thing I hate about it…is that I love it so much.”

    Bent is one of the 'Rites Of Passage' short films produced by young people with the assistance of non-for-profit arts organisation Beyond Empathy. Bent, is a brutally honest account of one young mans struggle with drug addiction.

    When life is hard, we look for an escape from our reality, a quick fix, a moment of happiness. But when that escape becomes the cause of more woes, where do you turn?

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  4. A quirky, funny and sobering window into the everyday, inside a Mental Heath Institution.

    Interlude is a Rites Of Passage Short Film collaboratively created by Michael McKay and Beyond Empathy film maker Philip Crawford.
    Interlude draws on Michaels personal experience, and the shared experiences of some of his peers, to delve into a painfully monotonous life inside a Mental Health Institution. From dawn till dusk, there is not much else to do but wake, wait, eat, smoke, wait and sleep, then do it all over again.

    Time moves so slowly when the clock is broken….

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  5. A Hip-Hop Music filmclip staring Lucas Buchanan. Music and Video produced by Yanni Scott-Davis and Arts Organisation Beyond Empathy.
    'What Can I Say' is a 'Rites Of Passage Short Film'.

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