The film shares Charlene's journey from homelessness to achieving her life-changing dream of being a homeowner.
Electriclimefilms partnered with Head Start Homes to tell the story of Charlene’s journey from homelessness to achieving her life-changing dream of being a homeowner.
Head Start Homes was founded by Stephen Woodlands and is supported by a cross-sector collaboration of Australian partnerships including founding partner Westpac and pilot project partner St.George Bank.
As a social services organisation, it works to help single mums, First Nations people, and community housing families make home ownership a reality.
Charlene is the first to receive the support of this holistic and empowering initiative, allowing her the opportunity to move out of social housing and into her own home for the first time in her life.
The film opens with Charlene telling her story against the background of the naturally beautiful landscape of Port Macquarie.
The stunning visuals are juxtaposed with the intimate spaces of her soon to be new and permanent home: a charming property in Wauchope with an expansive backyard.
Viewers see her moving through this space as she speaks of her struggles; the presence of her story and the impactful significance of this landmark event in her life - a life that is about to be changed forever thanks to the help of Head Start Homes - becomes a vehicle for the viewer, they are passengers on this unprecedented journey, accompanying Charlene to her greatest destination: her home.
The gentle cinematography, sharp optics, and dreamy depth of field DOP Tom Black and 2nd Unit DOP Ewan Donnachie created using Panavision lenses contributes powerful visual elements to Charlene’s narrative and a sense of belonging.
Client: Head Start Homes
Founder and Managing Director: Stephen Woodlands Founding Partner: Westpac
Pilot Project Partners: St.George Bank
Director: André Rodrigues
DOP: Tom Black
2nd Unit DOP: Ewan Donnachie
AD: Rebecca Wilson
Executive Producer: Michael Ahmadzadeh
Drone Pilot: Kristian Brassington
Drone Ground Support: Duncan Gow
BTS: Michael Cobley
Edit/Colour Grading: André Rodrigues
Equipment kindly provided by Panavision
Kit: Panavision C Series + Alexa Mini + Red Epic Dragon + Inspire 2
Filmed in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia