After a record-breaking 26 week theatrical season in Australia, I AM ELEVEN will be released internationally in 2014.
Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. I AM ELEVEN weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world.
These children share their thoughts on a range of subjects such as love, war, global warming, music, terrorism, culture, family, happiness, religion and the future. Each of their situations allows a single glimpse into a young mind, and combine to provide a powerful insight into the future of our world. As straight up and personal as the ’7 Up’ series, and with the comedy and honesty of ‘Spellbound’, this documentary enables us to explore an age where these ‘not quite kids, not quite teenagers’ briefly linger, between the frank openness and sometimes naivety of childhood, and the sharp and surprisingly brave wisdom and knowing of adulthood. As much as it is a story about them, it is a story with them, of what it is like to be eleven today.
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Genevieve was recently named as one of Australia’s ‘Top Film and TV of directors of 2012′ in the Encore and Mumbrella Annual. Melbourne Magazine also named her one of “Melbourne’s most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative people for 2011.”
Genevieve grew up in Melbourne and her love of capturing moving images began early, from age 8. Since then Genevieve has produced over 40 short films, documentaries and music videos.
Genevieve’s films have screened internationally at festivals and have picked up over 25 awards to date. I AM ELEVEN is her first feature documentary. Genevieve founded production company ‘Proud Mother Pictures’ and the Melbourne documentary community ‘doco3000.’
Inspired by the children she met making I AM ELEVEN, Genevieve established the Darlingheart Foundation which works to empower and inspire women and children from disadvantaged communities.
Born and raised in Sweden, Henrik Nordstrom re-located to Australia and established Proud Mother Pictures with Genevieve Bailey to produce award-winning international stories that connect with global audiences. With a background in business, photography, music and advertising Henrik has traveled the world and then some. Henrik is passionate about sustainability and community and he is a keen supporter of causes that share his core ethics/values.
Nick Huggins is a Melbourne musician and producer who loves to mess around with sounds, analogue or digital, accidental or intentional. He particularly enjoys writing to the moving image.
His credits include the Australian Music Prize nominated debut by Kid Sam, and much of the roster of Melbourne’s most exciting indie label, Two Bright Lakes.
He was described by Mess and Noise’s Darren Levin as ‘one of the best pop arrangers working in Australia today.’
In November 2012 Nick Huggins was invited to perform the soundtrack live with a full band as part of Melbourne Music Weeks screening of I AM ELEVEN. A sold out audience in Melbourne’s state of the art ACMI cinema were treated to this very special screening and musical experience. One of the children from the film, Jamira now 14, performed as a guest vocalist on the closing credits song to rapturous applause.