Dungog Shire Youth Service to provide free community screening of Backtrack boys on June 23

Community event: A free screening of 'Backtrack Boys' will be held at the Dungog RSL, Sunday, June 23 at 3pm. This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program on the outskirts of Armidale.
Community event: A free screening of 'Backtrack Boys' will be held at the Dungog RSL, Sunday, June 23 at 3pm. This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program on the outskirts of Armidale.

The Dungog Shire Youth Service supports families and young people across the Dungog Shire and offers a range of programs to support our young people and families to thrive. This month the Mental Health Commission of NSW has recently recognised the HORSETALES program, which is delivered to students across the shire as their top case study for the year, celebrating is success and impact on the health and wellness of the young people and families across our shire. You can view a short documentary on their website and see other great stories from other communities on their site. As a shire we have a broad range of community strengths and a fair share of challenges that only small rural communities face. Our ability to form relationships and support one another is something I am always so proud of seeing as a worker across the field.

This month we would love to invite the community to join with us for a free community screening of Backtrack Boys, an inspiring and award winning new Australian documentary that has scooped audience awards for the best documentary at the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Film Festivals. A powerful story of love and saving lives , backtrack boys is the story of a group of troubled boys who are on a perilous course towards jail until they finally meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team.

This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia. On the road the boys find their voice, make great friendships and the dogs become national champions. But as they sleep under the stars at night the trauma is never too far away. With their survival and future at stake they must constantly step up, push themselves, support each other and some days this can be hard. This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, and the dogs that help them tame their wild ways.

This free community event will be held at the Dungog RSL, Sunday, June 23 at 3pm.

An opportunity to meet some of the support workers we have across our shire and to find out further information about programs on offer from each service provider will be available. A gold coin donation for the Backtrack boys and for the Dungog Shire Youth Service would be greatly appreciated.