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PTSD Love Stories – feature documentary

Who Cares for the Carers?


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  • DIRECTOR Arun Ketsirat

  • PRODUCER Kym Melzer



PTSD Love Stories is an observational hybrid feature documentary that explores identity, love and relationships of the carers who give up their dreams to care for those they love. Their patients are their nearest and dearest who suffer from PTSD as a result of trauma incurred in their work in the triple zero services of Fire, Ambulance and Police, and the Australian Defence Force. Who cares for the Carers? Follow us through an exploration of 3 individuals who are now reawakening their dreams. Join them as they find ways forward to love, to care and still be free to find their identity and fulfil their own needs.

Support this project

64.64% funded
  • $25,000.00

  • $16,160.00

  • 9

Minimum amount is $ Maximum amount is $





Anonymous $50.00
Benjamin Stanic $5.00
Benjamin Stanic $5.00
Carers NSW $5,000.00
Carers NT $5,000.00
David Brennan $1,000.00
Martine Delaney $50.00
Carers Queensland $5,000.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Our goal is to increase awareness of some of the everyday issues and challenges faced by 2.6 million Australian caregivers and their families; as well as highlight the services, community awareness activities and quality programs available.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Seeding Time Pictures and their impact partners will work together to disseminate “PTSD Love Stories - documentary”
We will call on members of the general public to get involved through social media and start a conversation about self-care – using the theme “Who Cares for the Carers?” People will encourage friends, neighbours and family members who may need to focus on self-care to take time out to for respite.


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

We aim to start conversations and create a buzz on Facebook#WhoCaresForTheCarers and organise Q&A community screenings of "PTSD Love Stories" documentary. Carers Qld have interviewed the Producer, Kym Melzer and the film participants, Kate Tonacia, Cathy Sadler and Kim Hodge who are all caregivers and appeared in a feature article June 2019 edition of Carers Qld Magazine. Further,
• “PTSD Love Stories” documentary will be submitted to international film festivals 2021/2022.
• The trailer link of “PTSD Love Stories” documentary will be used for promotional purposes.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Short Term outcomes: Seeding Time Pictures together with impact partners will run a cross promotional social media campaign on Facebook and LinkedIn. We will also be promoting on social media our community screenings with Q&A events.
Mid Term outcomes: STP and impact partners will continue to promote and encourage carers to join one of their quality programs such as art classes and take time out for respite.
Long Term Outcomes: Opportunities to host Demand screenings via social media and maintain the online community forum past the 12 month film festival circuit.


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

Seeding Time Pictures have partnered with Carers Queensland, Carers NT, Carers NSW, Carers Tasmania. We are interested in partnering with organisations and individuals who support Carers, Mental Health and Arts.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

We hope those who are suffering, those who care for loved ones and the wider community will recognise the benefits of caregivers taking time out. We want carers to join creative arts community programs and socialise or at the very least to consider the benefits of self-care. Listen to music, paint, read a book, get a massage, go surfing, go for a walk, ride a bike, try a new craft, go see a band, get a facial or buy some new clothes....just take time out from being a caregiver and do something that brings joy!

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

There will be opportunities for audiences to attend Q&A community screenings of Feature Film length version "PTSD Love Stories" documentary. Ticket sales measure community audience attendance. Impact partners can measure impact from the increase of interest in their organisations and activity generated on their social media platforms.