Filmmaker Sarah Lewis worked on a series of video diaries with the students at The Pavilion School. The school is an alternative educational setting for young people who are disengaged from education and training. The classes are run in a safe environment that is conducive to psychosocial rehabilitation and the staff are experienced at working with at-risk youth.
Over a period of one week each student captured footage for a personal and intimate video diary. No topic was rejected as long as it portrayed something of their identity.Technical aspects of the filmmaking process were discussed and the students also learnt about the basic legal and ethical responsibilities unmaking reality videos.
In the final stage, Sarah Lewis worked with the students on a narrative to reflect each student's life at that moment in time. The 'Video Diary' project was shown at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP)
This project was made possible through a Victorian State Government 'Artists in Schools' grant.