David Mason’s Cast from the Storm will have its television debut next week.
Australian audiences will have the chance to see the new documentary, which follows the remarkable journey of a group of teenagers starting new lives in Australia, on ABC1 on Tuesday, 6th October at 9.30pm.
ABOUT THE FILM: After fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East, many teenagers find themselves facing a brand new stage — beyond the horror they’ve endured along the way, high-school in Sydney, Australia, is a vastly different challenge. Yet with the help of an innovative theatre program, a unique opportunity awaits.
When a group of survivors hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Serbia meet after-school to share their incredible personal experiences, they each realise they are not alone. As they confront their darkest memories, a powerful transformation begins.
Revealing “Storm Stories” — the stories that made them refugees — and mastering them for the stage, is a cathartic yet problematic process, and the group face a range of disasters on opening night. Steering the ship are three passionate teachers under enormous pressure to provide every child with a bright future.
Cast from the Storm provides a raw and intimate insight into this turbulent and deeply moving journey. As the curtains are raised, silence descends. For some students, this will be the performance of their lives.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: David is undertaking Cast from the Storm after five years working for the Seven Network as a Director and Producer in On-Air promotions and in Seven’s cross-media marketing production company Red Engine.
Outside his work at Seven, David has written, produced and edited several short films and music videos. In 2012, one of these shorts ‘A Little Bit Behind’ (Writer/Diector), gained official selection to screen at the Cannes Film Festival.
David left the Seven Network in 2013 to undertake Cast from the Storm full-time. He was struck by the opportunity to share a hugely powerful story about forced migration that focuses on the triumph of the human spirit rather than the politics surrounding the issue.