18th October 2022
Bus Stop Films wraps their biggest production slate yet, featuring a host of stellar talent, including the Australian of the Year!
What do Australian of Year Dylan Alcott, Celebrity Chef Miguel Maestre, Heartbreak High’s Chloe Hayden, Indigenous actor and artist Meyne Wyatt and The Family Law’s Kimie Tsukakoshi all have in common? They have each starred in Bus Stop Films 2022 film projects.
The Sydney based, award-winning social enterprise film school and production company, is wrapping a bus load of productions, shooting 14 short films across 5 states, featuring over 250 cast and crew, supporting 160 young adults with disabilities and including the work of Bus Stop’s team of over 55 dedicated staff working across their 9 program sites. The combined efforts of over 475 people bringing inclusiveness and creativity to life, a huge effort for the dynamic not for profit organisation, based in southern Sydney’s Shopfront Arts. The slate will bring their catalogue to over 65 films, which have now won over 95 awards and screened to audiences of over 47M world-wide. The final film was shot in the Blue Mountains on Monday 17th October, directed by Bus Stop’s co-founder, filmmaker Genevieve Clay-Smith and featuring the on-screen acting debut of Australian of Year Dylan Alcott, starring in a rom-com Head Over Wheels, acting alongside Caitlin Green. Dylan worked with famed acting coach Miranda Harcourt to prepare for the technically challenging, one take film. All 14 films were produced by Bus Stop’s in-house producer, Dianna La Grassa with the assistance of Cyna Strachan.
Not only will the productions deliver almost $250,000 to the national economy, they will enact social change by showcasing the creative capacity of people with disability and Australia’s brilliant screen industry. Bus Stop Films delivers their Accessible Film Studies Program in Australia’s leading film schools, opening up a film school experience to young adults living with mild/moderate intellectual disability or autism. Through the Program the participants not only gain filmmaking skills, they gain improved literacy, social connections and many work ready skills. With programs located in Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong, Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra, they have also recently launched in Perth and this week will launch in Launceston, Tasmania. The expansions will see classes in 2023 being delivered in 11 locations, with an anticipated 200 participants jumping on board the bus.
Bus Stop Films prides itself on producing high quality, entertaining and engaging films, while advocating for social change through filmmaking and the film industry. This year they’ve supported over 65 paid workplace opportunities for people with disability in the screen industry and have recently set up a business unit within the company called “Bus Stop Employment” to amplify their work and impact in this space.
Bus Stop Films CEO, Tracey Corbin-Matchett says “I am so proud of our students and the amazing effort of all involved across the country to bring the films to life. We’ve laughed, cried and swooned over the collection the class of 2022 has produced, all inclusively made and showing the creativity, talent and compassion of our brilliant screen industry. Our Program and productions are testament to what can be achieved when kindness and inclusion come together.”
Where can we see these amazing films? Eager audiences can view the short films at Bus Stop’s end of year showcase events in December and then be entered into festivals around the world and even broadcast on TV. For more info about Bus Stop Films, their programs and events head to https://busstopfilms.com.au/
Media Contact – Tracey Corbin-Matchett 0408 475 736 firstname.lastname@example.org