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Ticketyboo: A Walk With Dementia


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“Since I was a child, he often confided his two greatest fears – to lose his mind and end up in a nursing home. Both those things happened.”   Writer | Director Renée Brack

Ticketyboo begins by exploring one family’s deeply personal struggle of losing a loved one, a piece at a time. Thom Brack was a realist artist whose world became surreal as a result of living with dementia. Their spiraling journey was also filled with unpredictable, warm and even amusing moments that made the heartbreak almost bearable and very human.  

In a documentary and virtual reality experience, the story expands to explore how other cultures deal with dementia then moves into the creative ways we can generate greater understanding and inclusivity for people touched by dementia. 


How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

Ticketyboo is an important documentary about social issues and human rights governing quality of life of loved ones dealing with dementia. It aligns with aged care, the arts and innovation sectors because it explores how interactive engagement therapies are supporting a theme of transgenerational inclusivity. 

The documentary and promotional assets will be available to interested organizations and localized community care centres to use as a resource for people on their databases, or those making enquiries about content on the topic of living with dementia.

Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

The aim of Ticketyboo is to raise awareness of the community action people can take to help those with dementia – ways to keep connected, counter isolation as well as learning to accept shifting notions of reality. The documentary will work towards de-mystifying dementia and empowering people to provide support that makes the world a more compassionate place.

A goal is to encourage more government attention on positive policy-making and funds allocation to education and support initiatives for carers. The film is timely as dementia is now the second leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death in Australian women.

Questions to explore:

What do dementia patients wish their families would do more or less of?

What challenges and opportunities does a dementia diagnosis bring to relationships?

How do we turn the fear of dementia into practical adjustments to a new way of living?


What is your education and outreach strategy?

Access to cinema facilities on SAE campuses Australia-wide is possible for free screenings as well as the UTS campus theatre so we are well-placed to support the project in this manner. These facilities also allow us to provide screenings of test materials and preview clips to potential investors and partners.

In terms of education and reaching younger people, we plan to explore a partnership with Good Deeds Day. In 2017, the initiative had 2,500,00 volunteers worldwide in 93 countries - http://www.good-deeds-day.org/about/ In 2018, it takes place on April 15.In 2019, it takes place on April 7.Their motto: together we can create positive change in the world.We believe it’s worth pitching to high schools and universities and reaching young people who may have grandparents affected by dementia.

Producer Kristen Hodges is in contact with an Australian distributor specializing in the education sector looking for female-led projects and will take Ticketyboo to this organization. She has also proposed:- a roadshow through regional Australia which would be valuable in reaching people who don’t have proximity or access to Sydney and may generate grass roots publicity especially with the VR promotional asset- screenings in partnership with social work teams at hospitals as they are dealing directly with families who may be struggling with the illness.

The 360/VR promotional asset will be accessible via a URL to the site and to youtube providing a contemporary way to engage with a preview of the content accessible via a VR headset such as low-cost Google Cardboard or the higher end device such as Oculus Rift. A successful and aspirational example of this is the BAFTA-nominated Notes on Blindness - https://www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/1015802351839289/ [360 camera tests are scheduled for mid-2018 with a view to shoot early 2019].

Another possible partnership would be with the Australian Red Cross, specifically its community service called Companionship & Social Support - https://www.redcross.org.au/companionship We’ll also consider taking the film to international film markets (AFM, EFM, IDFA) pending final run time and our producer has noted AIDC direct pitches close Mon Feb 5, 2018 as well as submit the film to relevant festivals such as SilverDpcs and utilize Film Freeway to maximize exposure to festival curators and film selection panels.
Renée Brack
Kristen Hodges
Total budget
52 Minutes