Street kids

Australia, 1982

Film

A documentary about homeless youths, some as young as 10, surviving by any means on the streets of Melbourne. Various young people are interviewed about their situation and their search for jobs and accommodation. Highlights the frustrations they face and the resultant temptation to fall into crime and prostitution in order to survive. Police and social workers who deal with these young people from day to day comment on the situation and how they attempt to alleviate the despair of those they encounter. Use of voice-overs (street kids talking about their lives) is very effective as well as disturbing. A courageous and compelling documentary.

Credits

co-director

Rob Scott

Leigh Tilson

producer

Kent Chadwick

production company

Film Victoria

York St Film Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:09:28:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34075

Audience classification

Mediatheque - not for children (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Unemployment - Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Survival skills

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Crime

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Police - Victoria

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Australia - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Children - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Family - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Homeless children

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Homeless youth - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Homelessness

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Juvenile delinquency

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Melbourne (Vic.) - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Prostitution

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Public welfare

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social case work with youth

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social change

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social conflict

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social isolation

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social policy

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social problems

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social work with children

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social workers

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Unemployment - Australia

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Alienation (Social psychology)

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Homeless children

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Homeless youth - Australia

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Social isolation

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Social work with children

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Youth - Conduct of life

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Alienation (Social psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Homeless children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Survival skills

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Youth - Conduct of life

History → Unemployment - Australia

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Survival skills

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

Digital Betacam [PAL]; Master

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

DVD [PAL]; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

Digital Betacam [PAL]; Sub-master

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