5678 Film Club

5678 Film Club was a three-year project that supported young people making the transition between primary and secondary school in Collingwood, Melbourne.

It ran as a weekly after-school film club where Polyglot Theatre and professional filmmakers undertook creative workshops with participants from Grades 5 – 8. 

A 5678 Film Club photo. Two students stand in a school library. One holds a camera and is looking directly at the photographer. The other is side on, looking into the camera the other is holding.

The young people were co-creators of the film-making process, giving them a platform to create exciting, innovative and challenging films and tell their own stories in their own way.

The key to this project lay in its long-term focus which played out across three years as the kids moved through Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. The project included regular screenings at community events, independent film festivals and the annual school showcase evening. 

In 2019, the final year of the project, a 5678 Film Club Education Resource was created. It is designed for students who want to tell stories, to collaborate, to be creative, and to do so through filmmaking. Its development was generously supported by the Newsboys Foundation.

5678 Film Club was supported by St Joseph’s Primary School Collingwood, City of Yarra, The Ross Trust and The William Buckland Foundation.

Watch 5678 videos
  • We make films and get to decide what films to make – it’s very fair. If you have an issue at home you can forget about it when you go to Polyglot on Wednesdays.

    5678 Film Club participant

  • I get to be braver in making films and movies.

    5678 Film Club participant

  • In Film Club, it’s different because we have more freedom to be ourselves and use our imagination…we can bring out our ideas more. So even if it isn’t something that is generally logical, it can still be done in film club. Being ourselves can change the direction and the possibilities of what can happen.

    5678 Film Club participant

  • I feel connected to everyone ‘cause I’m not the only one who’s learning… Like other people that are learning, they’re beginners too, and I like it, ‘cause we going each step up at the same time, instead of one of them being high and the other being low, so you can feel better and rely on each other for support. I like being more with the rest of everyone in a group, instead of working by myself.

    5678 Film Club participant

Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.