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Pointe, dancing on the knife’s edge

A gifted West Australian dancer heals herself through dance, after a horrific random knife attack.


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  • DIRECTOR Dawn Jackson

  • PRODUCER Dawn Jackson



West Australian dance artist, Floeur Alder turns to her family to help her heal from the trauma of a random act of violence by a stranger on the streets of Perth. The brutal knife attack becomes a turning point in her life. Life and Art collide. Her parents are Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder, former stars of The Royal Ballet and The Australian Ballet. Floeur immerses herself in a creative dance journey taking her to old childhood haunts and an extended family of ballet celebrities, including Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, David McAllister, Dame Monica Mason, Dame Gillian Lynn and Robert Bestonso former star of The Paris Opera who help her on her journey to fulfil her dream before the attack - to dance in Europe. Dreams are not always what they seem however and Floeur is pushed to her limits pursuing this quest. Only on her return to Australia, does she find her healing, acceptance and gratitude for a very different life to the one she’d envisioned.

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62.50% funded
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  • $37,502.00

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Daryl Brandwood $1,000.00
Dee Pollitt $150.00
Kay Webster $30.00
Anonymous $100.00
David Hobbs $100.00
Helen Dwyer $50.00
Ryan Hodgson $200.00
Shelley Ahmad $20.00
Karen Connolly $100.00
Barry Strickland $250.00
Kristine Thomas $50.00
Michael Juliff $50.00
Andy King $50.00
sue kerr $50.00
Paul Babich $500.00
Susan Clarke $25.00
Vanessa Stasiw $137.00
Bec Bradley $25.00
Roxanne Fewster $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
Ryan Oliver $150.00
Jodie Joyce $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Helene Gowers $50.00
Michelle and Terry Stanley $1,000.00
John Day $100.00
Robyn and Russell Cooper $100.00
Christine Silbert $50.00
Caroline Luke $100.00
Lynette Cuthbert $15.00
Anonymous $100.00
Megan Jefferies $100.00
Hilary Lane $5,000.00
Griff Morris $1,500.00
Anonymous $500.00
Julian Burt $5,000.00
Alexandra Burt $5,000.00
Michael Chaney $5,000.00
Margrete Helgeby Chaney $5,000.00
Carmel Karen McLure Brown $2,000.00
Terri-ann White $200.00
Margrete Helgeby Chaney $1,000.00
Janine Burdeu $500.00
Lisa Bowden (Hutchinson) $500.00
Anonymous $100.00
Shane Colquhoun $500.00
Previous donations $700.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Violence against women is an ever increasing issue in our communities. Recovery from the trauma of an unprovoked and brutal attack becomes a very personal journey for victims and can take years to fully heal - if ever. This film draws on the complexity of trauma recovery - the physical, emotional and psychological healing and the importance that arts, culture, family and the broader community play in that process. This film seeks to empower victims of such crime and create greater empathy in our communities for people struggling with trauma. Trauma can be triggered at any time as it can live on in the bodies memory long after the initial event.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Pointe seeks to inspire greater empathy, admiration and kindness for people living with and healing from a traumatic life experience.


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

We hope this film will, highlight the emotional mental and spiritual complexities of trauma recovery and
the extraordinary courage it takes to overcome and even embrace such an event in a life.
We aim to deepen awareness and understanding of the purpose of arts and culture in building human resilience, compassion and community. For our young audience the film will add to the current general discussion about the importance of creative subjects in education having equal weight to stem subjects. Engaging in the arts and finding creative approaches to life gives powerful problem solving tools and life skills.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

With the support of Ausdance networks and Ronin Films, who are experienced in taking films out into the field and promoting community and “event” screenings with associated speakers and panel discussions, we will be aiming to facilitate dialogue at every opportunity. The director Dawn Jackson and artist Floeur Alder will make themselves available at every opportunity to attend screenings and Q & A sessions.


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

We are currently in conversation with an NGO

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

We hope audience will be inspired to host their own screenings and show support through social media. We hope our audiences will be inspired to change their own behaviour and find compassion toward people struggling with mental health issues or trauma. Furthermore gain insight into the challenges of recovery and initiate more creativity/arts experiences into their lives and community and family, wherever it is relevant for them.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will hold post screening Q & A conversations with our audiences wherever possible to share experiences.
Also public speaking engagements and interviews will be sought through the media. Surveys will be provided at screenings and social media page set up to capture the impact of the film post screenings.