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Francesca, You, Me.

Francesca, You, Me is the story of a mother's quest for answers & determination to create a better life for her daughter


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  • DIRECTOR Catherine Green

  • PRODUCER Catherine Green



From the moment our daughter Francesca was born she has bought us joy and happiness.
She is a confident, funny, beautiful kid, so when at three and a half we were told she
has learning disabilities that will negatively impact her entire life we were devastated.
Francesca, You, Me is my journey. It is one of struggle, isolation, determination, discovery
and ultimately humanity as I explore this largely hidden disability; discover the incredible
possibilities of the brain and neuroplasticity; take on mainstream treatment and education;
shine a light on the big picture impacts of learning disabilities from criminals to billionaires;
and fight to change my daughter’s future.

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4.47% funded
  • $190,000.00

  • $8,500.00

  • December 2019

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Film Victoria (Offline) $8,500.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

At least 1 in 10 people have a learning disability. Most do not qualify for additional funding and any help they do receive treats the symptoms without addressing the root causes. LDs are widely misunderstood. Often sufferers are mistaken for being lazy, defiant, badly behaved or simply stupid. It is widely acknowledged that learning dysfunctions in younger years quickly escalate to behavioural, emotional and social problems later in school and adult life, higher rates school dropout and mental health issues. It’s no coincidence that half of Australia’s young male offenders have clinically significant, previously unidentified LDs. Despite these facts, LDs continue to be treated with band aid methods that have limited effect.
This film explores the little understood landscape of LDs, their enormous impact, alternative treatments based on neuroplasticity and the opposition to new treatments within the education, political and social sectors.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Increase awareness, understanding & empathy for LDs.
Validation for those in similar situations, in what can be a confusing & isolating experience & show them a different possibility for the future.
As a case study it will help all professionals in the youth services sector; teachers, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, developmental pediatricians etc.
Show policy makers new, innovative ways to tackle these problems that are not only life changing but save money & resources.


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

This film will initiate dialogue for audiences, who statistically will all know someone with LDs but most likely not understand or know how to support. It will help parents and LD sufferers to validate their intuition, understand what LDs are, how it impacts their cognitive capacities plus options for treatment & support. Increase knowledge, insight, understanding & empathy for parents, family members, educators, employers, policy makers, the justice sector. Show that there are alternatives to mainstream educational treatments that are working and need support & funding, not a closed mind set. Empower people to take on challenges and fight for a better outcome when what they are being offered is not good enough.


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

We have a strong relationship with The Arrowsmith Program. They support the film, have participated in interviews and have committed to promoting the film to the worldwide Arrowsmith community via their website, social platforms and newsletters. Throughout the 6-year process of establishing The Arrowsmith Program in Victoria,
Catherine has spoken with philanthropists, politicians, educators, community groups and parents the world over. We now have a broad database to approach for independent screenings and funding.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

1. Get assessed if you suspect you or your child has LDs and encourage others to see the film if you think it may be relevant to them.
2. Encourage those around you i.e. family members, school teachers, colleagues to see the film to give them an insight into the challenges you / your child faces and why you may struggle in specific areas or see the world differently.
3. Parents and school groups can screen the film in their communities, including inviting their local member.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

- Ticket sales for the film.
- Numbers of independent screens organised by parents / schools / interest groups and the attendance numbers at each screening.
- Survey results from independent screenings including response to "What have your learnt from this film?", "What action will you take as a result of seeing this film?"
- Discussion and response to targeting questions via social media.