This is a multi-international award winning video. Evelyn, at 77 years of age, is a human dynamo and her abusive background is her driving force in helping people who are homeless. As she does not work for any organisation she has no boundaries to the support she can provide and it is this freedom and flexibility that allows her to move people forward. This is a story of her and her work. This documentary supports the 2016 Homeless Connect Day. WARNING: This documentary contains material that is sometimes confronting and disturbing. Sometimes words or images can cause sadness and distress, or bring back memories for people affected by the history of institutional ‘care’ in Australia.
This was a two week assignment in partnership with The Walking School Bus and Photographers Without Borders. My role was to follow a team of researchers and educators documenting the wonderful work they were doing in rural Uganda. You can find out more by visiting their website and my Facebook page.
Uganda August 2017
2014 Homeless Connect
This project captures the Central Coast Homeless Connect Day through images and interviews. This took place on 7th August 2014 and involved attracting services that support people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. Service providers included refuges, support services, hairdressers and beauticians, food hampers and Government and non-Government support organisations. The finished product will provide Hunter TAFE and other service providers with a promotional resource.
2014 Central Coast Connect Day
2015 Homeless Connect
In this project, I undertook short stories on four community service organisations that support people who are or are at risk of homelessness.
Central Coast Community Women's Health Centre
Toukley Neighbourhood Centre
2015 Youth Homelessness Day
This project involved capturing the lead up to and the actual activities of the Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Over 26,000 young people aged between 12 and 24 are homeless in Australia however there are many more homeless youths whose statistics are not counted. As many young people "couch surf" (staying with a range of friends and relatives whilst living out of a backpack) they do not access services so become hidden statistics. Students undertaking a Diploma in Youth Work were involved in a couch convoy to raise community awareness of this situation.
2015 Youth Homelessness Day
My Life in 2 Minutes
My Life in 2 Minutes was a two year, multi-award winning story telling project documenting events that have changed people's lives forever.
This multi, international-award winning story is about Lauralye who has bi-polar which she was diagnosed with at the age of 12 years. Lauralye controls the way she looks which deflects people's view away from her mental health.
In this multi-award winning story, Vesna talks about her experiences during the Bosnian war in Sarajevo and how she returned to Australia during this conflict.
In this award winning story, Craig talks about his experiences as a male victim of domestic violence perpetrated by his spouse
In this international, multi award winning story, Jane talks about her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
In this story, Jenny talks about her spiritual discovery of yoga.
Anthony and Julie
In this award winning story, Julie speaks about her husband Anthony's experience of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Click on the chain link to the right to hear Julie's story. Indigenous warning - Please be aware that this story contains imagery, voices and representation of people that may be deceased.
In this award winning story, Penny talks about life before, during and after spending time in prison.
Andrew and Bill
In this story, Andrew and Bill talk about "taking on" one of Australia's largest insurance companies.
Janelle and Tony
In this story, Janelle and Tony talk about life after Tony had a stroke at the age of 35.
This multi, international award winning story is about Carl, a skilled metal worker who lost his job because of a back injury. Carl talks about how he survived during his period of homelessness.
This award winning story is about Liz, a middle aged woman who came to the realisation she was gay. Liz talks about the difficulty in "coming out" particularly in telling her parents.
In this story, Sister Betty talks about what it was like for her when she decided to become a nun.
In this story, Lisa talks about changes in her life after being involved in a fatal car accident.
In this story, published on ABC Open, Karinne talks about finding her dream job.
Some more of my pics
Get it off auto
My 2 children
My 2 Children
A short film depicting a fathers nightmare of losing his two children for the second time.
Writer/Director - Michael Rayment
Cast - Chris Maxfield, Jane Cullen and Michelle Lawrence.
Darcy Hamilton is a young man learning the art of communicating with animals. His final exam relies on him communicating with a snake. Darcy hesitates when quizzed by the assessor to interpret the snake’s communication. Threatened with failing the course Darcy states that the snake told him that the assessor is having an affair with the snake’s owner blackmailing the assessor to pass him. Soon Darcy starts his own animal interpreting business realizing that people are more interested in what their animals see rather than what they have to say. Capitalizing on this, the Darcy makes a lot of money and a few enemies along the way. One day he is held hostage tied to a chair with a wild animal also tied ready to attack by the embittered assessor who discovered the snake was a mute so could not possibly have told him about the affair. The mentor believes that if Darcy is a fake the wild animal will attack him but if he is genuine he will be able to convince the beast otherwise - it depends on if Darcy can really talk to the animals.
Directed & Produced by Michael Rayment & Jane Cullen
An interview with Aaron Friedland and Enosh Keki - Uganda
In 2017, I travelled to Eastern Uganda with The Walking School Bus to document their work at several schools. As well as numerous images - several which have been published, I filmed several interviews with the Founder and Executive Director Aaron Friedland and Enosh Keki - Director of Uganda Operations. This is their story.
An interview with Aaron Friedland and Enosh Keki from The Walking School Bus