HEADSPACE was the inspiration behind a James Fallon High School student’s award-winning film.
Charlene Thiel, 18, has won La Trobe University’s 2013 Focus Film Prize.
The year 12 student was determined to create a film “amplifying the voices of teenagers suffering depression”.
Miss Thiel yesterday said she hadn’t needed to look far for inspiration for her work.
“A lot of my peers have gone through a stage in their life of sadness and have been unwilling to speak out,” she said.
“I wanted to advocate to have a safe space outside of the school that they could go to.”
The three-minute video, filmed without dialogue and using picture montages and slides, was made during school lunch breaks on her compact digital camera.
“I look forward to sharing my film with others,” she said.
“People who have seen it said it brought tears to their eyes.”
The theme of the competition was community and film-makers were asked to explore issues, people’s stories and anything in your community that needed a voice.
It was open to those aged 15 to 21.
Miss Thiel was up against two other finalists, from Bright and Wangaratta.
She will use her prize of a $1000 travel voucher to visit Bali for a well-earned rest after completing her year 12 exams.