Balga Senior High students get CRASY about respect in short film


The CRASY team (from left) Omega Nathon,  teacher Greg Stratton, Modeste Iradikunda, teacher Trenton Harris, former student Angelina Ugle and Venessa Wells  (Injury Control Council of WA).
The CRASY team (from left) Omega Nathon, teacher Greg Stratton, Modeste Iradikunda, teacher Trenton Harris, former student Angelina Ugle and Venessa Wells (Injury Control Council of WA).

BALGA Senior High School students and staff launched a short film targeting alcohol and violence last week.

Creating Respect and Safety Among Youth (CRASY) is a production steered by media teacher Greg Stratton, The Injury Control Council of WA and WA Police, who worked with current and past students in workshops, filming and editing sessions.

The Injury Control Council of WA project officer Jenny Afric said a main group of 10 people participated in making CRASY, which started in 2013 and was finished last year.

“We chose a scenario and then we held eight or nine workshops with actual students as a class in the school,” she said.

“Once we had more funding we thought we should make a short film because it was really just going to be a short clip on YouTube.

“After that we decided to storybook together with Greg and we got students to get involved in acting, production lining, artwork and we had a lot of filming done here.”

Year 12 student Modeste Iradikunda, who composed the music for the film, said it was his first time doing so.

“We had a few troubles because at first I made a reggae song and Mr Stratton told me to make it mellower and this song turned out pretty well,” he said.

Former student and lead actress Angelina Ugle (19) said she played the girlfriend role. “It was interesting to make and really, I was just a supporter but then they made me into the film’s actress,” she said.

“I was studying drama in Year 11 and 12 and that was my favourite subject overall, I did not know if I had acting in me but I did love it.

“The shooting was not too long… we would do a catch-up a few days a week and jump into a car and go somewhere to get the shots.”

Ms Ugle said she wanted to attend acting classes at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in the future.

CRASY will be released on Balga Senior High School’s YouTube channel.