Professional Profile - June 2012
An exhibition of artwork from a new Australian animation short starring Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Barry Otto opened at the former Paramount Pictures Building on Thursday 7th June.
The 14 minute short film was written by Erica Harrison, directed by Simon Rippingale
and produced by Pauline Piper.
Animated characters were created by post and design house Heckler. The backgrounds were photographed and filmed by cinematographer Callan Green. A variety of live action, stills, and miniatures make up the background plates.
A dark, funny fable about a girl born with a tail who stands up to bullies to embrace her difference, the film aims to raise awareness of Headspace, an organisation that supports young people develop resilience against bullying. Curated by Joseph Allen Shea, the exhibition features stills and miniature sets which will be auctioned on the night, with 10% of proceeds donated to Headspace.
Ruby Rose, ambassador for Headspace, Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation, describes the short as "a beautiful film with A Cautionary Tail for us all."
"When it comes to bullying I have definitely had my fair share. It was dramatic and heartbreaking. It is something no young adult should have to go through. I think there are some key things that everybody should do if they are experiencing bullying and that is not to stay silent. Don’t bottle it up, seek help.”
– Ruby Rose, ambassador for Headspace
Bullying is not simply part of growing up – it's a destructive issue that can have serious effects on a young person’s physical and mental health. According to Headspace, 1 in 8 young people have experienced bullying, half of all year 8 students report being victimised, and around 10% of Australian students from years 4 to 8 report being cyber-bullied.
"It’s not just about bullying, it’s about fitting in and being accepted, experiencing depression and feeling anxious," says Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute, lead agency for Headspace Central Sydney. “The messages in A Cautionary Tail will resonate with a lot of people."
A Cautionary Tail is being funded with assistance from Screen NSW and crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter attracting significant support from an international community.