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Back Track Boys Documentary Screening

Watch the award-winning doco Backtrack Boys & join us to discuss how we can establish a similar program locally.

About this Event

About this Event


Catherine Scott’s award-winning documentary Backtrack Boys is winning hearts and minds all over Australia. Featuring Bernie Shakeshaft's BackTrack youth program, that he runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, the film follows Bernie and the boys as they hit the road with their legendary dog jumping team.

Backtrack Boys deals with issues of family breakdown, youth homelessness and juvenile detention and presents a real model for other rural towns grappling with the same social crisis throughout Australia.

“I hope this film will foster a greater understanding of the issues these kids face and inspires communities to develop real alternatives that will help keep them out of jail” Director Catherine Scott.


Watch the film and then ask questions in a Q&A with:

• Ahri Tallon, Convenor of River Tracks (the group exploring how a Back Track program could be established locally).

• Lisa Hancock, Impact Producer of Backtrack Boys

*All proceeds from this screening will be donated to Back Track Youth Works



This screening will highlight how Backtrack Organisation’s unconventional youth program is turning kids’ lives around and will fundraise money for Back Track Youth Works from ticket sales.

This screening is being organised by a local group of youth workers, support workers and community members inspired to explore whether a Back Track style program could suit the Tweed Byron area. We would love the community to be inspired by this film as much as we are. Please see our attached proposal outlining our project.

At a date TBA after the screening we will host a community workshop to map existing services and explore youth community needs that would need to be considered in a local Back Track pilot. If you would like to attend or just stay updated with this project please sign up for updates from us here:



Find out more about the Backtrack Boys Impact Campaign so that we can continue to support marginalised communities and frontline organisations who want to use it as a tool for community engagement.


We enable young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work ready and secure meaningful employment. Most importantly we get young people ‘back on track’ by developing strong, happy & healthy foundations that result in positive life pathways and full participation in their communities.


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MA15+ This event is not suitable for children as it contains strong course language and adult themes.

Register your interest here to be invited to the Tweed/Byron Back Track Exploration Workshop coming up:

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