The Regional Youth Development Officers Network (RYDON) are excited to announce a series of screening dates across the Hunter Region for “Backtrack Boys”, an observational documentary filmed over two years.
The film follows a group of troubled boys who are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team.
Backtrack Boys is a small town, local yarn that addresses some of the most daunting social issues of our time. With the economic and social decline in rural Australia more young people are falling through the cracks. Disillusioned and neglected many of them drop out of school and get caught up with drugs and crime.
When everyone else gives up on these teenage kids in Armidale, they head to BackTrack. In the last 12 years over 1000 kids have walked through the Backtrack doors and in the same time juvenile crime rate has significantly decreased. The program succeeds where others have failed.
With their survival and futures at stake, they must constatntly step up, push themselves, support each other and some days can be hard. This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try and find their place in the world and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.
Thurs 11th April: Tocal College 6pm
Tues 16th April: Singleton Youth Venue 6pm
Thurs 6th June: Wallsend Library 4:30pm
Watch the Trailer below: