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Ghosthunter is a feature documentary that shows that sometimes the most terrifying ghosts are our own.


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  • DIRECTOR Ben Lawrence

  • PRODUCER Rebecca Bennett



Ghosthunter is a feature length documentary that tells the story of Jason King, a western Sydney security guard and part-time ghost hunter, who has spent two decades searching for his absent father. As a survivor of childhood trauma, he seeks to reconcile his fractured memories and piece together his past. When his search converges with a police investigation, a family secret is exposed — forcing him to confront a brutal past in order to reclaim his future.

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The Caledonia Foundation $20,000.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

By conservative estimates, childhood trauma including abuse affects 5 million (1 in 4) Australian adults.

Adults often experience social, psychological, educational, employment and relationship impairments. Survivors are more likely to enter the criminal justice system, healthcare and welfare systems, attempt or complete suicide and/or face debilitating challenges including self-harm, substance misuse etc.

Despite the prevalence of the problem, service provision for those directly and indirectly affected remains largely. Primary care and frontline services are not equipped to identify, appropriately respond to, and/or comprehensively address the complex needs of trauma survivors.

Empowering recovery from childhood trauma recognises the needs of complex trauma survivors across systems of care, and across their life cycle. It also recognises the importance of services not only for individuals but for families impacted by trauma, violence and abuse.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

To build the community’s capacity to provide trauma informed support for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma


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

1. Provide trauma informed training for professionals who support adult survivors including individuals, organisations and government departments, across all facets of the sector including medical, legal, housing, relationships and family support, social work, police, corrections and substance addiction services

2. Encourage government, companies and philanthropists to help build capacity in the sector through funding of services for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma to ensure equal access regardless of geography, socio-economic status, gender, and background

3. Create awareness for the general public of the physical, emotional and economic impacts of childhood trauma. Create empathy, de-stigmatise the issue and foster support for people with childhood trauma


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Influencing Policy and Funding
We are working with our partners to develop a targeted screening program with key policy makers and corporate allies who can support policy change and increased funding.

Professional Development and Education
We are working closely with our key partner, Blue Knot Foundation, and consultant Julie Blyth to create educational screening guides, training modules and fact sheets. These will be provided to educators and professionals and will include the film, short clips from the film and evaluation tools designed to support these screenings.

Public Awareness-Raising Campaign
We will be working with a creative agency in collaboration with some of our key partners to develop an awareness raising campaign that will include a 60 second campaign ad and companion social media campaign.


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

The following organisations are core partners who have committed to work with the film and the Impact Campaign.

• Blue Knot Foundation
• SAMSN (Survivors and Mates Support Network)
• NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad
• Act for Kids
• NSW Department of Family and Community Services
• NSW Department of Justice
• NSW Mental Health Commission
• ECAV (NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence)
• Knowmore/Community Legal Centres

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

As the main focus of the Impact Campaign is professionals who work with survivors, we hope that they have a deeper understanding of complex childhood trauma, and will be compelled to take a trauma informed approach in the work that they do. By doing so they will be providing better support and ensuring services are attuned to the needs of survivors and they are able to better support them in their recovery.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will be creating a measurement and evaluation framework to monitor and document the progress and outcomes of the impact campaign. We are also providing six-monthly impact updates and cost reports to Good Pitch and data from these will be fed into the evaluation and create a campaign report at the end showing outcomes and key learnings.