Short film with a major message

by Allira Preece

LOCAL year six student Joshua Knowles couldn’t believe his eyes when he received an email stating that he had won a major prize in the North Coast Environment Council’s short film competition, ‘Visual Eloquence 2008’.

As the youngest individual to enter, Josh was one of two people who won the special merit prize in the under 12 category which included; a cheque,certificates and DVD compilations.

He said his film ‘Save the Camden Haven’ described why the area shouldn’t be polluted by a diesel power plant.

“I went around to my favourite places in the Camden Haven that I didn’t want to change and get ruined from the power plant,” he said.

“In the second half I included tips on how to save power in the area.”

Josh’s mother and committee member of Residents Against Power Pollution (RAPP) group, Darlene Knowles, said she was very proud of what her son had accomplished.

“Josh was pretty passionate about the issue. He wrote an email to A Current Affair about the power plant but unfortunately didn’t receive a reply,” she said.

“He came along to all the RAPP committee meetings at LUSC which showed kids that if you get a lot of people together and gather enough information, you can stop things.

“His film was very real because it wasn’t edited or acted out. It was very natural, and that’s why I think he won,” she concluded.

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