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Alfie’s Film (working title)

Two women on opposite ends of a diagnosis.

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Impact areas

ARTS

HEALTH & WELLBEING

WOMEN & GIRLS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Diana Fisk

  • PRODUCER Diana Fisk

Synopsis

DURATION: 27 MINUTES

At the age of 17, Jess Gallagher was on her way up. In training for the national netball team, with a clear vision on winning gold for Australia. After countless migraine headaches, she found herself sitting in a medical office, hearing the words 'degenerative' and 'legally blind.'

When filmmaker Diana Fisk first reached out to Paralympian Jess Gallagher, she was a desperate woman. She'd recently been faced with a diagnosis of her own, one for her four-month-old baby boy who also had a vision condition. The words she received were 'abused' 'bullied' and
'embarrassed'. Diana felt helpless and needed to find someone who understood.

Jess agreed to help Diana in a way that would show her son Alfie what was possible, rather than the endless stories of impossible.

The film weaves between the story of what Jess Gallagher has achieved today alongside a new mother navigating the life of her young son. It is through these two lives coming together that we see a real opportunity for change.

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17.73% funded
  • $64,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $11,350.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • 30th April 2020

    PROJECT ENDS
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Debbie Dadon $8,000.00
Catherine Harrington $25.00
Brigitte Jarvis $25.00
Jim Andreadis $1,000.00
Lynne O’Brien $100.00
Ryden Runco $50.00
Eliza Charley $50.00
$2,100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

In Australia 7% of children have a disability. In the modern world we are surrounded by labels and perceptions that lead to feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, not only for individuals but families, friends and communities that surround them.

How one approaches a diagnosis makes a significant difference to the life they live. Those who view it as a challenge or something to overcome will see new opportunities present and an alternative way of living.

This film will not only break down how we perceive a disability such as being legally blind, but it will also challenge the role of diagnosis and demonstrate two people who have made a very clear decision not to allow diagnosis dictate life.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Alfie's Film will provide communities with a much-needed conversation starter on diagnosis and disability, and prompt individuals to consider what is possible in sometimes a seemingly impossible situation.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The primary outcome for this documentary is to support and educate parents/carers who are learning of a disability or issue relating to their child.

The secondary outcome is for the greater community to view disability, particularly vision conditions in a new light, and break down negative perceptions that currently exist.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Yes, Vision Australia will be a partner in the release of this film and will utilise the content to assist their current and future clients.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

To seek support if they need it and to think differently about disability and the expectations that come along with it.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

When I have parents/carers contacting me personally and sharing how much it assisted them.

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