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Yer Old Faither

A letter to my father. An elegy for a man, a town and a dream.


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  • DIRECTOR Heather Croall

  • PRODUCER Heather Croall



John Croall was a Glaswegian immigrant to Australia, who delivered 3 generations of babies and planted thousands of trees in Whyalla. His daughter Heather films with him as a way of coping with his approaching death and reflecting on the close, and often very funny, relationship between father and daughter. This opens up an exploration that transcends individual grief and loss, to encompass the broader issues raised by a man’s life. As John Croall is dying, so the town of Whyalla is slowly dying too. But on the horizon, there is hope.

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100.00% funded
  • $20,000.00

  • $20,000.00

  • 30th October 2020

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David Hume $150.00
Cate Hudson $100.00
Rebecca Davis $100.00
Anna Miralis $50.00
Chris Harris $50.00
Paul Fennell $50.00
Jayne Boase $50.00
Astrid Birgden $100.00
Marisha Matthews $50.00
Analisa Fabbro $50.00
Mary Wauchope $100.00
Lauren Hillman $50.00
Stephen Bell $100.00
Mark Atkin $100.00
Fiona Lange $50.00
Suzi Kinnane $200.00
Caz Saunders $100.00
Claire Harris $50.00
Fran Sanderson $90.00
Elaine Chia $50.00
Ian Darling $3,000.00
Anonymous $50.00
Alison Poltock $50.00
Andrew Savage $50.00
Nick Phillips $100.00
Sandi DuBowski $100.00
Simone Mcdonnell $50.00
Olga Nowicka $50.00
Leslie Lee $25.00
Charlie Phillips $40.00
Megan Paterson-Brown $50.00
Tom CONLEY $100.00
Susan Harrington $200.00
Matthew Smith $100.00
Susanne Legena $50.00
Jeremy Storer $1,000.00
Sophie Alstergren $50.00
Jane Marr $25.00
Krishan Arora $50.00
Rosie Crowe $50.00
Peter Hanlon $2,000.00
Nadine Lambert $20.00
Julie Ryan $100.00
Kate Croser $100.00
Susie Conte $50.00
Fi Croall $50.00
chris papps $20.00
Barbara Carrellas $100.00
Shirani Sabaratnam $100.00
Louise Blackwell $50.00
David Courier $50.00
Fundraising to AUG2020 (90 donors) $8,500.00
Sophie and Bryan $50.00
Sharyn Rogers $100.00
May Walker-Jeffreys $100.00
Sandy Bruns $100.00
Juggy and John V $50.00
Susan Magarey $50.00
Nicholas Linke $200.00
Holly Lyons $50.00
Laura Desmond $30.00
cecilia brough $100.00
Julia Pitcher $1,000.00
Heidi Angove $100.00
Anonymous $100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Looking after women's health in rural Australia. Planting Trees. Walking lightly on the earth and contributing to community. We are creating the Film Credit Roll in September, all donors who donate before mid September will be thanked in the film credits. Thanks!


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Inspiring people to plant trees and raising awareness of women's health in remote and rural regions. Thank you to all who donated to the filming stage years ago - $8,500 of this campaign was raised then from 90 donors - THANK YOU! Now I am raising funds to help pay for the final edit and post production. THANK YOU everyone.


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

My father was an environmentalist and wanted to make a difference. I hope his story is inspiring for people who want to make positive change in the world. By sharing the personal story of my father I hope people can feel a wider celebration of all the wonderful fathers out there.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

I hope the film will be screened in film festivals and I will also hold screenings in communities and release the documentary on various platforms around the world.


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

I am working with Film festivals and local councils and keen to link up with environmental organisations and organisations committed to improving women's health and the status of rural towns in Australia.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

Plant trees
Use less water
Consider the need for better services to Rural Australia

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Getting Feedback from viewers about water use and waste and recycling and pollution and issues around women’s health. Connections with environmental and health organisations.