A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. This observational documentary, follows boys in a youth program BackTrack that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, Australia.
Backtrack Boys is an inspiring and life-affirming documentary about alternative programs to juvenile detention. The film documents the journey of the kids in BackTrack, and how this alternative program helps them to navigate their relationships, deal with personal trauma, take responsibility, gain practical job skills so they can eventually create a sustainable future for themselves.
Catherine Scott has worked internationally as a documentary filmmaker for over 20 years. Her films have been broadcast on SBS TV, ABC TV, CBC Canada, PBS Television, Channel 4 and France 2. She was Senior Producer at Dateline SBS TV and Video Journalist on India’s Love Detectives, Lycra in Africa and Chasing the Dragon, Producer, Being Me (Four Corners), Director/Co-producer of Scarlet Road, Director/Co-writer of Selling Sickness and Director/Co-producer of the Walkley award-winning Business Behind Bars and Profits of Punishment. Catherine spent time living in New York City for 13 years where she began her career as a member of the Paper Tiger TV collective co-producing over 30 productions including Breathless and Drawing the Line at Pittston. While in New York she also co-produced and directed documentaries for Deep Dish TV including Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?, The Last Graduation, Lock Down USA and The Gulf Crisis TV project.