PUBLISHED19 Mar 2019

Constance On The Edge


Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia.


One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home?

Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia.

Brave, lion-hearted, charismatic Constance, mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive.

Mary, Constance’s niece, finds it impossible to find a job. Vicky, her daughter, studies every morning from 4am, hoping to get into university. Charles, 23, is struggling with alienation and depression.

Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives. The film also highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of welcoming, healing and belonging.

Director Belinda Mason
Producer Marguerite Grey
Year 2016
Duration 77-minutes
Rating M


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Education Overview

Constance On The Edge Education Toolkit includes:

• Digital Screening Kit on how to make your screening a success

• Discussion Guide for post film Q&A

• An event ‘run-sheet’

• Digital artwork for invitations and posters

• Template media release you can adapt to promote your screening on social media

• On screen slide for audience ‘Take Action’ information

• An ‘Action Toolkit’ for audiences

• A *DVD with a 77 minute version of ‘Constance on the Edge’

• A link to specially designed digital curriculum materials for Health and Physical Education; English, History and Geography targeted at years 9-12

Educational Resources

Year Level Years 9-12
Subjects PDHPE, English, History and Geography
Topics PDHPE, Geography, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Cultural Perspectives, Wellbeing, Discovery, Journey, Belonging, History

Constance on the Edge’s Action Toolkit


Social Impact Overview

Constance on the Edge was one of seven documentary films selected for the 2014 philanthropic Good Pitch2 Australia initiative. Good Pitch brings together filmmakers with foundations, not-for-profits, campaigners, philanthropists, policy-makers, brands, educators, broadcasters and media to forge powerful alliances around ground breaking films that will have a significant impact in relation to issues of social importance – and benefit the partners, the development of the films and society as a whole.

With stakeholder partnerships developed and resources raised through Good Pitch2, the Constance team produced an impact campaign to accompany the film’s release.

What are the film’s key messages?

• Constance on the Edge is a film about refugee resettlement, and what it takes to belong in a new community. The film highlights how simple everyday acts of welcome and assistance from community members, organisations and institutions can make all the difference to how refugees settle in Australia.

How was the film intended to contribute to positive social change?

• Ensure the film is seen by a broad national audience;

• Foster more welcoming communities for people with refugee backgrounds;

• Help to create educational resources for schools, police, health services, torture and trauma services, local government and community services; and

• Promote the provision of better support services and job opportunities for people with refugee backgrounds.

What were the major campaign assets?

• Established, well-maintained and informative website: The Constance on the Edge website contains the film’s trailer, synopsis and screening hosting information. It also contains an Action Toolkit and educational resources.

• Materials were also created to assist hosts in organising and running successful screenings. These materials included a Screening Kit, Discussion Guide and Action Toolkit, together with digital resources such as event run sheets, on-screen slides and trailers for social media.

• The Constance team also developed an Education Resource for years 9-12, relevant to Health and Physical Education, English, History and Geography, ESL, with accompanying 10 short video clips, and created a 5-minute clip and adapted resources for younger audiences (years 6-8).

• The team also maintained an active Facebook presence, and established a regular online newsletter to their subscriber list.

• The team produced employment-specific clips for their partner, the Settlement Council of Australia, to utilise in their ‘Employment Innovation Forums’ involving people from government, business and the settlement sector. The forums were aimed at promoting a cross-sectoral approaches to improving employment outcomes for new arrivals.

• The team additionally created clips for Humanitarian Hub training for volunteers working with asylum seekers, and produced an antenatal specific clip for use in hospital antenatal wards which they are in the process of trialling.

• They also supplied specific training clips to NSW Police; STARTTS; and Refugee Council of Australia.

Constance has been a finalist in the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards, in the category of excellence in journalism.

Who were the major partners?

• Documentary Australia Foundation

• Settlement Service Australia

• Settlement Council of Australia

• Refugee Council of Australia

How did the campaign roll out?

Following the film’s  launch at Sydney Film Festival, the team facilitated nine preview screenings with impact partners (primarily settlement services) in capital cities.

The team also facilitated over 200 community and festival screenings, including featuring in the Refugee Film Festival and the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival; Peninsula Film Festival; Melbourne Documentary Festival; and Frames on Mind Film Festival (Vancouver)

The team also ran a major national Refugee Week screening program, in conjunction with their partners at the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), which saw 58 screenings licensed under the Refugee Week screening program amongst 80 screenings nation-wide across June. The Refugee Week screening program included a screening at Parliament House in Canberra on World Refugee Day.

What was measured and how?

• Increase in community awareness regarding the issue of refugee resettlement in Australia. This was measured through a survey, via the screenings.

•  Increase in support and action in welcoming refugees in communities.

•  Change in community attitudes towards challenges facing refugees in Australia. This was also measured through a survey.