Two film students are trying to raise the $600 they need to carry out their final project â€“ a short film about a young man with a gay older brother, who has to make a choice between conforming, or having his brotherâ€™s back.
Gerard Spowart and Onehou Strickland from AUT Film and Television School say they want to graduate with a meaningful and beautiful piece of work behind them.
They are hoping to do that with Two Steps Behind, which they say is a coming of age story about a man named Chris reflecting on his past.
â€śA time where he learnt as a high school junior the true extent of gay shaming. Chris must now make a choice between conforming and antagonising people who are different, or standing up for whatâ€™s right and having the back of the ones he loves.â€ť
The pair says the short film is â€śan ode to all the LGBTQueens out there. We will only touch on the basis of things that they face dailyâ€ť.
Some of the short will be filmed at Aorere College, and students from the schoolâ€™s film academy will get to be involved behind the scenes.
Funding will go towards general production costs, including hiring school uniforms, feeding cast and crew of about twenty people, and a koha to the film academy and drama department of Aorere College.