Transcript of Film By Invitation high school festival

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The River

Student 1

What are you doing'?

Student 2

I'm just sick of everything. My life is empty.

Student 1

Nah It doesn't have to be empty. You know it's like this river. The river is full. Yes we can make every day count.

Student 2

My life can be full.

Stuck in a loop

Student 1

Whoa, that was great, bro.

Student 2

Get out of the way, old man!

Student 1

Why don't you get off the road.

Student 2

Yeah.

Student 1

Vinnie! That's the third time we passed that.

Student 2

That's weird. Wanna like try going another way?

Student 1

Yeah

Student 2

See what happens?

Student 1

Sounds great.

Student 2

It's really the place I saw before.

Student 1

Yeah.

Student 2

No, no. No, no, no, no, no.

Student 1

It's the same one.

Student 2

No, no, no, no, no.

Student 1

C'mon, we're in a loop.

Student 2

No!

Student 1

Oh my god, what?

Student 2

How did it get there?

Student 2

Oh my god.

Julie’s Kitchen

Voice over

Lightning Ridge Studios presents today. Julie's Kitchen. Topic, finger limes.

Julie

Hi. Welcome to Julie's Kitchen. I'm Julie, and this is my assistant Adam.

Adam

Hey mate. My name's Adam, and I'm the lovely assistant. What are we doing today, Julie?

Julie

Today, we will be showing you what a finger lime is. Do you know what a finger lime is, Adam?

Adam

No, I don't, Julie, what is it?

Julie

A finger lime is a native citrus fruit that only grows on the east coast in Australia. Adam, would you be a kind volunteer and cut this finger lime for me?

Adam

Sure. Julie.

Julie

Now, there are lots of different ways to eat a finger lime, but my favourite way to eat a finger lime is to spread it on a cracker. Adam, can you grab me the crackers, please?

Adam

Righty-oh, chief. Crackers!

Julie

Yes, you are.

Adam

To top it off, why don't we add some cheese and salad?

Julie

Sure, Adam, that's a great idea. Fantastic. Come on, studio audience, come on down and have a taste.

Voice over

Next week on Julie's Kitchen. We're gonna show you how to charcoal a budgie. Oh, I mean, use charcoal in hibachi

Julie

Finger limes. Why wouldn't you grow them?

Adam

And why wouldn't you eat them?

Audience Member 1

Mm, this is good.

Audience Member 2

Good job, Julie!

Julie

Adam, would you be a kind volunteer and cut this finger lime for me?

Adam

Nah, I don't want to do it.

Julie

Just do as you're told for once.

Adam

Oh, okay fine, fine!

Should’ve been there

Student 1

Do you understand this work?

Student 2

We did this yesterday. You should've been there.

Student 1

What happened to Tony?

Student 2

Don't you remember? Tony and Charlie broke up.

Student 1

What?

Student 2

Friday? Oh, you should have been there. Hey, you going volleyball?

Student 1

When were tryouts?

Student 2

Yesterday.

Oh. You should've been there.

Secret spots along the river

Narrator

Along the Cooks River, there are plenty of secret spots. Each place has its own unique atmosphere. Join my brother and I, as we go on an adventure on our bikes.

Brother

Let's go, bruh!

Narrator

This dirt track was unknown three months ago, but recently people have discovered it as a quiet spot to hang out and ride their bikes. Over time, kids brought their shovels and used their creativity to build ramps and jumps. Now lots of people ride their bikes here every day.

Brother

Big one, aye!

Narrator

At the top of the Cooks River, it turns into a canal. It is a quiet spot for my dog to chill and run. It also has plenty of tennis balls since it's right next to a tennis court.

Brother

Get up here, boy!

Narrator

This place is now called "Nanny Goat Hill". It is a great lookout where the Bidjigal People lived and made art. There are still precious hand and foot rock art hidden in caves on the Cooks River escarpment.

Brother

Yeah, so check out your area, cuz!

Narrator

And you might find some secret spots too.

Make the days count

Student narrator

I've been locked up now for four years. How do I make the days count? I think for me, it's just, taking every opportunity that I can and basically not saying "No." Even pushing myself out of my comfort zone, whether it be with sports, education and basically anything, really. Yeah, just never saying no. Just push myself out of my comfort zone to take every opportunity I can.

I think getting education is a good thing because it provides opportunity for people. It gives people the opportunity to get out and gain employment, you know, in the future, even when they're looking for a job, the opportunity to have a better life. I'm most grateful for my family, just having a second chance at life, my friends and I'm most grateful for being able to be grateful. 'Cause a lot of people, they don't see a lot of positives in situations that are tough and they like to only look at the negatives. I think, when you're not grateful, it just brings you down as a person and brings the people around you down.

Being able to realise, you know, the positives that you do have in your life, it gives you, I think, a bit more energy to get to where you want, and allows you to be a better person. What I look forward to in the future is to get out of custody, to be able to give back to my parents and to my family, those who were there for me. To get a job, you know, to start a family of my own, and be able to live my life, and living what I've missed out on.

The message I have for people who are struggling through school is, when I was in school, I didn't like it, you know, and everyone was telling me, you're going to regret it, you're going to regret it, you're going to regret it. And I just thought it was nonsense. But now I'm telling you, you're going to regret it. You know? School is so important, and it's not the fact like - it doesn't have to be you know, you have to love everything about school. No, just value education. It's fun, you know, even like just being there, the culture of it, you know. It's a happy place. It gets you away from being in your house for six hours a day. It gets you out of there, it gets you're meeting new people. If you haven't gone to school, you wouldn't really be meeting people. But also, it provides you a life and a future. So take it seriously and it'll get you places.

Silent Intruder

Student

Thirsty?

TV in background

You know how you're always telling me to keep my head outside? That's from a song, right? You used to play it for me when I was little. Yeah. Rebel girl--

Make every day count

Student 1

This bird's having a worse day than us.

Student 2

If we haven't been here, this bird would've drowned.

Student 1

Well, maybe the bird was trying to give us a message. We're here for the bird and we're here for each other. Let's make every day count.

The right choice

TV background noise

Ridiculous, they took my card away because I spent-

Tom 2

Oi. What are you doing?

Tom

"The Office".

Tom 2

At 10 o'clock on a Wednesday? Come on mate, don't be a fool. You're late for school.

Tom

Huh, yes I am.

Tom 2

So what's the excuse gonna be today, Tom? Got an assignment due? They stop believing that the cat ate the homework?

Tom

Well, what's the point? I mean, I slept in anyway and I'm gonna be late. I don't really see any reason to go.

Tom 3

Right you are, Tom.

Tom

Who even are you?

Tom 3

Well, I'm you, you're you, and I'm pretty sure he's you.

Tom 2

I don't really get it either, but oh well, we're all here now, and point is, you're not at school again. Mate, this isn't "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Love that movie. You can't just not show up any time you feel like it.

Tom 3

Cut the kid some slack, he's only at school, like, 12% of the time, that's enough to get him somewhere.

Tom

Huh, so you two are like some left brain, right brain stuff, eh?

Tom 3

I don't see how that's what you take from that, but yeah, sure.

Tom

Well look, it's like 10:30, and I've already missed out on a hefty chunk of the day, why go now?

Tom 2

Because you've got to make every day count, Tom. You've got your mates at school, oh, and even that one girl you like. What's her name?

Tom 3

Ah yes, I know the one. I quite like her.

Tom

Look, I see your point, but can't I just go tomorrow?

Tom 2

No! Didn't you hear what I just said? You have to make every day count, not every second day count.

Tom

But...

Tom 2

No buts, come on, let's go, come on.

Tom

Okay, okay, I'm going. I still don't get why you're on his side with this.

Tom 3

You know, I don't care much for school either, but it's more than just tests and homework. Yes, sometimes it can feel challenging, and yes, sometimes it can feel like one step forward and two steps back, but you need to push through, make every day count. And not just in school, but every aspect of life. Otherwise, what was it for?

Tom

Huh, I just assumed he slipped you a 20 or something.

[End of transcript]

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