The Full Colour Project aims to tackle the disproportionately high rates of suicidality amongst the LGBTIQA+ community, particularly young people.
We want to see mandatory programs and policies embedded in schools and workplaces to ensure that LGBTIQA+ people are consistently safe, respected and included.
We know that being queer doesn’t cause mental health challenges – but being excluded and discriminated against sure does.Filmaker Suzi Taylor says "creating the Full Colour Project is a culmination of many of my own experiences in work and life. Before working in journalism, I was a teacher and loved working with young people - so safe, inclusive education is close to my heart. I’ve also lost loved ones to suicide. As those who’ve seen Love in Full Colour will know, one of our participants in that film tragically took his own life also. For the last few years, I’ve worked as an activist and filmmaker in the union movement, and have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the most effective and innovative change-makers in the country."
Schools and workplaces have a duty of care to LGBTIQA+ folk, and lives are at stake when that care is not taken.
Other ways to support the projectIf you’re not in a position to donate, there are other valuable ways you can show your support…
- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and share our posts. The more interaction we get, the greater our reach. That helps us increase our community of supporters.
- Email your friends and family with a link to sign up to this newsletter. It means they will receive a free link to watch the first film, Love in Full Colour and can keep in touch with our news. And again, it will help us build up our grassroots community around the project.
- Approach the people in your life who might be in a position to donate and tell them what this project means to you. That could also be your employer - we're open to teaming up with well-aligned partners.
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes!In big news, Suzi and The Full Colour team have just spent eight wonderful days filming our first round of interviews with our Full Colour participants - catching up on 10 years of stories and experiences. There have been big belly laughs, huge surprises and a few tears. Also some delicious catering from Liz and Andy (my folks) which kept our spirits and energy levels up no end. We travelled from Tullamarine to Warrandyte, Hawthorn to Footscray, turning living rooms upside down and bemusing at least four different cats as we filmed ‘master’ interviews. These have been funded through Script Development grants from Screen Australia and VicScreen.
The next step is to cut a trailer from what we’ve shot, and draft a script treatment that persuades the screen agencies to cover the costs of the rest of production. That’ll allow us to travel to Townsville to film Steph and Wodonga for Erin, and to cover things like a certain wedding this September, and other key events in people’s lives over the next 12 months.
In the next newsletter, I'll introduce some of our talented crew, including DOP Waqar Ali, our Executive Producers Sue Maslin and Diana Fisk, and our production co-ordinator Sam Kwan - among others. As always, we'll post updates on the socials.
- Watch Love in Full Colour (SBS version 44mins)
The Full Colour Project (FCP)