Taryn Brumfitt’s ‘Embrace Kids’ green lit for production
Embrace Kids, Taryn Brumfitt’s follow-up to her 2016 break-out documentary Embrace has been officially green lit for production, with The South Australian Film Corporation and Screen Australia today announcing production investment for the film.
Embrace Kids is Taryn’s second feature documentary, and is primarily targeted at 8-12 year olds. The film will use Taryn’s distinctive filmmaking style to create an energising texture of animation, music, live action, interviews and more.
This time, Taryn is turning her lens on the issue of kids’ body image to understand why 70% of Australian school kids consider body image to be their number one concern, and what can be done about it.
“Kids weren’t born into the world hating their bodies, it’s a learned behaviour,” says Taryn. “It’s alarming and heartbreaking that kids are being held back by how they feel about their bodies. Imagine giving kids the tools to move, nourish, respect and enjoy their bodies instead.”
Executive producers are comedian Celeste Barber, actor Teresa Palmer and Natasha Stott Despoja AO, Australia’s former Ambassador for Women and Girls. Producers are Anna Vincent (Embrace, Chasing Wonders) and Bonnie McBride (Demonic, Making a Mark).
Guided by body image health professionals, Dr Zali Yager (Associate Professor, Victoria University) and Dr Ivanka Prichard (Senior Lecturer, Flinders University), it is expected that the social impact of the film will move into uncharted territory.
“In recent years I’ve been sent thousands of messages pleading with me to make a film like Embrace, but for kids,” says Taryn. “I’m really excited to say: All Systems are Go! And I can’t wait to bring the film to cinemas next year”.
Screen Australia’s Head of Documentary Alex West says,
“Embrace truly made a global impact in the conversation around body positivity and we’re thrilled to support Taryn expand on this with follow- up feature Embrace Kids. We look forward to the team reaching new audiences, and younger viewers, here and around the world with their important message.”
Embrace Kids is a Body Image Movement and SLA Films production, with principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. The film will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Transmission Films.
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2021 Umbrella Festival Program Highlights
Music SA has announced that after a hiatus in 2020, Umbrella Festival is back in 2021 for its fifth instalment, delivering a live music program of more than 170 events across South Australia this winter from Friday 16 July until Sunday 8 August, complete with family friendly programming!
The 2021 Umbrella Festival program is packed to the brim with a plethora of open-access and curated performances, treating South Australian audiences to performances from some of the hottest local and national acts in contemporary music.
Kid friendly Umbrella Festival program highlights
- Adelaide Arcade Unplugged Lunchtime Concert Series
- Umbrella Opening Night Party
- Skate Daze (youth focussed event part of the City of Marion program)
- Amped Up at Base 10 in Reynella (youth focused event)
- Noise // nature Remixed and Remastered
- Bait Fridge Parade
- Hallett Cove School Music Showcase
The annual winter celebration of live music features 294 performances across 38 different contemporary music genres in 85 venues across Adelaide’s CBD, metropolitan suburbs and, for the first time thanks to the South Australian Government, South Australia’s regional areas including the Eyre Peninsula, the Barossa, the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula. With at least a 20 per cent increase on the number of performers partaking in the festival compared to 2019, Umbrella Festival is indeed back with a vengeance in 2021.
Through the support of the City of Adelaide, Umbrella’s return showcases a vibrant program of city-based, curated events, which is kicked off by the Umbrella Official Opening Night in Rymill Park (Mullawirraburka) on Saturday 17 July. The free event boasts a headline performance by Larrakia and Tulampunga Pakana artists MARLON X RULLA after a knockout performance supporting Midnight Oil at WOMADelaide earlier this year.
Headlined by indie pop-rock sweethearts MUM FRIENDS and joined by Seabass, Ricky Albeck and the Ukulele Death Squad, Adelaide Arcade Unplugged will activate Rundle Mall’s Adelaide Arcade across four sessions that are entirely free for audiences to attend.
Not-for-profit DIY contemporary music festival Half Strange is back for its fifth instalment, highlighting female and non-binary performers across three venues. The Bait Fridge Parade is the brainchild of The Bait Fridge and Slowmango, combining chaotic raw music with colour and costumes like you’ve never seen before.
All ages free event and school holiday program
Colliding with the inaugural Illuminate Festival, Music SA has joined forces with Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute to produce KINARA – a one-night-only activation along Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) celebrating the full moon on Saturday 24 July. The all-ages and free event will combine live music with immersive sound, light and imaginative experiences created by Pintupi artists.
Rundle Mall’s three-day school holiday program Magical Mall Melodies features Humphrey B. Bear and many local favourites who will all write and perform songs in Rundle Mall and about Rundle Mall.
In addition to the 132 registered events within Adelaide’s city and metropolitan areas, Umbrella has launched its inaugural regional program. A whopping 43 events will be held in South Australia’s regions in 2021, with highlights including: El Cubano – a night of live Cuban music and dancing hosted by Lazaro Numa (over 20 years’ experience and has previously performed at WOMADelaide) in Whyalla, Big Umbrella By the Sea – an event staged over three nights with performances by acts and local supports in Port Lincoln, and an entirely free First Nations live music stage as a part of Port Lincoln’s Wharfest event hosted by Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association.
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16 year old environmental activist Amber Brock-Fabel wins Young Achiever of the Year Award
16 year old Adelaide girl and climate change activist, Amber Brock-Fabel has been awarded the Young Achiever of the Year for the South Australian Environment Awards 2021. The new award honours the memory of young environment campaigner Leif Justham who tragically died in April while riding his bike around Australia to help raise awareness of environmental issues.
The inaugural Leif Justham Young Achiever Award was jointly awarded to Amber and First Nations environment and sustainability advocate Tiahni Adamson.
Amber Brock-Fabel has shared her story with us in her own words.
The deep responsibility to save the future of our planet
I am a sixteen-year-old activist from Adelaide currently studying Year 11 at University Senior College. After the 20th of September 2019 International School Strike 4 Climate protest with 20,000 people attending in Adelaide, I felt overwhelmingly empowered by young people and joined the Adelaide School Strike 4 Climate team. I feel a deep responsibility as a young person to stand up for action against the Climate Crisis and ultimately to save the future of our Planet.
I was heavily involved in planning for a Strike in Adelaide for May 2020 which we unfortunately had to cancel due to COVID-19 restrictions. This was very disappointing at the time, as we had put in a lot of energy into planning the event and we had already met with and had the support the Adelaide City Council and SA Police. However, we were in full support of the health measures put in place and did not want to risk members of the public, as it is our priority to keep everyone safe during our Strikes.
We were able to plan a National Strike on the 25th of September 2020 where I was a lead organiser and Police Liaison Officer for the event. Due to the ongoing covid restrictions we needed to target an issue and create a maximum impact with minimum participant strikers. We focussed our action against the Federal Government’s support of the Gas Industry. Australia’s emissions from gas are continually rising which creates excess methane in the atmosphere and is a key contributor to Climate Change. I liaised directly with SA Health to ensure that our event was Covid-Safe which included creating QR codes to help with contract tracing as well as organising Covid Marshals to maintain social distancing and the distribution of hand sanitizer. Overall, the event was a great success.
As part of SS4C we wanted work towards engaging in the community beyond Strikes and become more proactive in our commitment to Environmental Issues. As such, I initiated a Beach Clean-up Day on October 31st, 2020. We worked with the Semaphore Largs Dunes Group and were extremely grateful for their support as with the turnout for the event. It is important that actions like Beach Clean-Ups occur so the community can work together to make a direct impact on the environment and I am planning to organise more events like these.
Additionally, I, along with two other climate activists met with the South Australian Minister for the Environment and Water David Spiers to discuss our proposal to implement the BinShift waste management program into all State Schools. This system not only uses an environmentally sustainable method but also educates every child in that school. The meeting was productive, and we are looking forward to discussing the program further with the Minster. After the launching of this initiative, I definitely felt that I had developed as an Environment Activist, as I was a representative for all young people who are fighting for climate justice around the world. I was using my voice and beliefs to help make a positive change.
I and 2 other representatives from SS4C conducted our 1st full-day workshop with high school students in December 2020. We presented to 250 Year 9 students at Cardjin College about appropriate waste management and becoming conscious individuals of their own carbon footprint.
One of the activities we engaged in was using different foods and asking the students to rank them from least carbon footprint to the most. We also asked them to write their own slogan statement or chant. This was a very positive interaction with the students and meant that they engagement was deeper and awareness about issues associated with the environment more meaningful.
This opportunity to educate the wider public, was both rewarding and challenging and provided an opportunity for personal growth. By presenting to the students, I am making lasting change, and can have a direct impact on the future generations by educating them about the Climate Crisis as well as helping them develop sustainable practices. I am looking to continue presenting to students in schools across South Australia.
In March 2021, we planned and conducted our first Global Strike in Adelaide whilst COVID restrictions were still in place. Because of the safe health requirements there was a lot of work involved in having an effective Covid-management Plan approved by SA Health. Again, we liaised closely with SA Police and the Adelaide Council to create a safe march. We were fortunate to have many adult volunteers, my Grandparents included, to meet the Covid Marshal requirements of our approved Plan.
I was the Primary Speaker after Welcome to Country and spoke about my passion for Climate Justice, the importance of leadership heeding Science advice, and the importance of our collective voices being heard. Presenting in front of so many people was certainly daunting, and I felt challenged to write in a language that was both inspiring to a crowd and also truthful to my own beliefs. I benefited greatly to have this opportunity to plan a larger strike as well as speaking and it has empowered me as a young person to continue to speak up about the misinformation surrounding the Climate Crisis and the immediate need for change. I was rewarded for my efforts with up to 1500 people attending the Strike and following Event.
Establishment of Environmental Forum for Young People
As part of my activism and engagement, I have been working with the Commissioner for Young People and Children, Helen Conolly, and SA Engagement Officer, Nicola Moore, since December 2020. I have been privileged to work with this Organisation to discuss issues affecting young people, including the environment and more recently mental health. I was part of a committee that met to workshop ideas and guidelines to help inform the State Government on their new Suicide Prevention Plan. I believe strongly that the current issues with the Environment weighs heavily on my generation in particular and has a detrimental impact on our collective Mental Health. I have also met in a small group with Nicola to brainstorm and discuss the possibility of forming an Environmental Forum for Young People. This is an existing partnership for me, and I am excited about planning the initial framework of this moving forward.
Letter box drop
As part of my aim to connect with my community, a friend and I reached out to our Local Council Members after they had completed a letter box drop regarding green waste information. This resulted in us meeting with the Mayor, Anne Monceaux, to discuss Climate related issues in my local area. She has been very keen to learn about my activism and last week we completed filming of an interview with her. I have established a relationship that I aim to continue to foster into the future and I look to forward to working with Anne to build a Youth Forum in my area.
Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Women’s’ Working Centre and Youth Affairs Council’s conference about Youth Representation in Decision Making for Australia. This was an extremely rewarding and inspiring experience which involved brainstorm ideas to improve representation for young people in Australia. I learnt a lot, made some excellent connections as a result of being involved and look forward to furthering discussions on this topic.
As part of my leadership role in SS4C I have with other members been interviewed on ABC Radio National with Peter Goers and participated in a filmed interview with Channel 44 Adelaide. I was contacted directly by the Sydney Boom Squish Theatre Company who were doing research for an ongoing production about the relationship between Young People and the Climate Crisis. I am very grateful to have had these media opportunities both as a learning experience as well as a chance to share my voice with the wider public.
As a youth advocate, I have been filmed by the Youth Affairs Council about the importance of having youth representation in Government for decision-making.
Working towards meaningful change for the better
I have been able to be a voice for Young People in South Australia and engaged in conversations and initiatives about the Climate Crisis, Sustainable Environmental Practices, Education, engaging Young People at governmental levels and the issues concerning mental health. I am committed to work at a Local and State level with my community to expand upon existing initiatives and implement new programs that help to move towards a sustainable future and revers the impact of the current environmental challenges.
In June 2021, I was fortunate to be awarded the Young Achiever of the Year for the South Australian Environment Awards 2021. I am very privileged to be awarded this in the name of Leif Justham who unfortunately died in a collision with a truck while bike riding across the Nullarbor to raise awareness about the Climate Crisis.
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TreeClimb announces $1.4 million expansion: TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest 2022
Since 2018, TreeClimb in the Adelaide Parklands has welcomed over 175,000 adventurers through the treetops, and come 2022 canopy climbers will have a new aerial adventure to tackle – TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest.
TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest
That’s right folks, TreeClimb has announced the development of a new site at Kuitpo Forest with 12 tree climb courses. The new site will include more challenging courses with longer ziplines and higher platforms, together with new innovations that will be the first of their kind in Australia. This will include Australia’s first aerial net course, which will enable users with a disability to participate while accompanied by families or carers.
TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest: Coming 2022
Visitors will soon get the chance to fly through the treetops at Kuitpo Forest thanks, in part, to the Nature-Based Tourism Co-Investment Fund, with TreeClimb being the successful recipient of the grant. Importantly, successful grant recipients must also contribute towards conservation projects such as restoring habitat or revegetation.
TreeClimb plans to create a $1.4 million environmentally friendly high-ropes and zipline adventure course – and we cannot wait to be taken to new heights at Kuitpo!
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