Steven & the Tightrope Walk is the fourth in the ‘One in Ten’ short film series created by The Smith Family to raise awareness of the 662,100 Australian children living in disadvantage today.

The film features the moving story of one of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life sponsored students, Steven Tu. Steven’s world is turned upside down as a youngster due to financial hardship. Struggling to pay the bills and with nowhere to go, Steven, along with his pregnant mother, his father and two siblings move into a one-bedroom unit with their aunt’s family. “There were 9 people in total living there, the whole unit was as big as a classroom” he recounts, “I was sleeping in the hallway” he adds.
Bare essentials we often take for granted like books or stationary were hard to come by, slowly Steven started to be left behind, he felt alone and powerless.

A sponsorship from The Smith Family’s Learning forLife program helped give Steven the resources and the confidence to continue with his studies and finish Year 12, an achievement he once didn’t think possible.

The Smith Family helps thousands of children like Steven every year. To children like Steven the first step in solving their problems is simple: Education. Disadvantage is a complex topic and there are many approaches offered by organisations which support children from struggling families.

The parents and children experiencing disadvantage often don’t have the skills to take the first step to receive help.  This is why education is so important and the level of care teachers naturally offer their students.  Being heard and making positive steps through educational programs has an enormously positive effect on the child’s outlook.

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Steven & The Tightrope Walk

Steven & The Tightrope Walk

Steven & the Tightrope Walk is the fourth in the ‘One in Ten’ short film series created by The Smith Family to raise awareness of the 662,100 Australian children living in disadvantage today.

David & The Big Heavy

David & The Big Heavy

David & the Big Heavy follows the true story of a young boy struggling to cope with issues at home and school as his family adjusts to life in a new country. But then something happens that he could never have imagined. Please watch David's story and SHARE to get the word out about the 1 in 10 children living in disadvantage in Australia today.

Alice & The Giant Emptiness

Alice & The Giant Emptiness

Alice & the Giant Emptiness is a contemporary tale about a young girl living with the burden of disadvantage, who overcomes a negative self-image and the taunts of classmates to live a life full of possibility. Alice & the Giant Emptiness is the first in the Tales of the 'One In Ten' series created to raise awareness of the effects of disadvantage on children.

The Solid State is an award-winning creative agency from Sydney, Australia specialising in film and TV campaigns. Their work crosses a broad range of disciplines encompassing marketing strategy and positioning as well as the production of branded content, trailers, posters, websites and social media campaigns.

Since establishing in 2007 they have won over 20 Golden Trailer, Promax and AEAF awards for their work.

Creator Danny Lachevre said, "Jess & The Mighty Journey is just one of the countless real and inspiring stories The Smith Family have witnessed in their work and we were excited to take everything we learned from the first two films and channel it into Jess’ story.  Animating these stories gives us the opportunity to emotionally engage existing and new audiences with a series of stories that could have real impact in raising awareness. We hope that proves to be the case! Our team got behind this project in a big way - from our team of designers and animators to sound studio Zig Zag Lane who mixed the film. We’d like to thank them all for their hard work and generosity.“

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