Carclew’s Express Way Arts proudly presents The Space Between, a short film written, directed and performed by young people from the southern suburbs of Adelaide and produced by Claire Glenn.

Margo, Addie and Jane are sisters. Margo wants to go to Art School. Addie wants her new relationship to work. Jane wants to go back to the way things were before. But their parents’ marriage is failing. Their Aunt just died. Their father is stifling who they want to be. In the space between, where do they go to find what they’re looking for?

Over 10 months, Carclew's Expressway Arts ensemble engaged in weekly film making sessions with award winning filmmaker, Craig Behenna and videographer and digital artist, Stu Nankivell. They investigated and planned their own short film exploring the theme The Space Between; the space between being a child and an adult; the space between high school and university/employment; the space between the online and real worlds; the space between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour; the space between positive and negative mental health and wellbeing; and other issues that were identified by the group.

With storyboarding and pre-production complete, the ensemble participated in a week-long shoot during the 2019 April school holidays at locations within the Onkaparinga area. The final outcome enabled parents, teachers, youth service providers, and the local, national and international community to become more connected with and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges facing young people in the Onkaparinga community.

ExpressWay Arts is a joint initiative between Carclew and City of Onkaparinga employing a Creative Producer to nurture young artistic leaders in the southern suburbs.Through three core strategies to nurture and invest in young people’s voices in Onkaparinga, over the last 6 years ExpressWay Arts has developed and delivered 5 umbrella projects which have collectively created and presented:

  • 2 short films

  • 3 performance experiences in public space

  • 2 performance works in non-traditional venues

  • 1 temporary public artwork

  • 3 visual art exhibitions

  • 1 song-writing project & 6 new songs

  • 100s of workshops in creative writing, poetry, installation, acting, performance, voice,installation, design, sound, movement, circus and everything in between

110 young people (aged 11-27) co-created these projects with a collective commitment of over 1600 individual attendances. They made all of this happen at the same time as navigating a range of complex personal and community contexts. They collaborated with, and were supported by, 27 professional artists