The NRS has teamed up with the Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival for the third year running as a festival partner and as sponsor of the Relay Service Short Film Awards.
We will be showcasing our recent video for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Yarning with your Mob at the festival’s regional and community screenings.
The video is about the life and journey of Michael Welsh, a member of the Wailwan people who has experienced hearing loss for many years. Being unable to hear well for so long, Uncle Michael realised he needed help after joining the local Men’s Shed in Mt Druitt.
In the video Uncle Michael is shown chatting to his mates at the Men’s Shed. He makes a call via captioned relay to his grandson and organises to meet up with him later in the week.
Managing Director of NRS Outreach Deborah Fullwood said the NRS was thrilled to be showcasing this film at the Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival.
‘It’s a great event for us to promote the NRS and reach those who may be experiencing hearing loss but might not know they can still make phone calls. I think a lot of people will be moved by Uncle Michael’s story and can relate to it either themselves or through a member of their family.
‘We want to reinforce for everyone that there are options – that even if you are hard of hearing you can still use the phone to stay in touch with loved ones and make appointments or business calls.’
This is the 11th year for the Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival. Running from 1 to 17 April, the event sees seniors, their friends and relatives attend film premieres, screenings of old classics and social events in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Relay Service Short Film Awards
These awards are sponsored by the NRS and comprise a program of the best new Australian short films with seniors in lead roles. They are shown at community and regional screenings of the Young at Heart festival across NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. At each screening, audiences will be able to watch the finalists in the program and vote for the Audience Award for Best Film.
See more about the Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival.