Politics I Watch: The Arts (Film) – Angela Belot

Politics has always influenced my work. I think it’s very hard for me when I’m writing not to be influenced by the world presently.

What has motivated me in the past and presently is how political decisions in Australia are labelling LGBT people as second class citizens. In Australia, the rights of LGBT people could be significantly better, especially with the ban on same-sex marriage being a strong issue that has significant influence on Australia socially. 
In particular my documentary, ‘Out There Education’ (2010) was about the first Melbourne high-school to create a support group for same-sex attracted youth. The choices and direction I chose in the documentary were directly linked to the politics of the time (and funnily enough haven’t significantly changed since then). Footage from a same-sex marriage rally was used, and the speaker, Australian celebrity Ruby Rose, stated that the government decision to ban same-sex marriage was directly linked to the increased bullying towards LGBT+ youth. LGBT+ youth are 4 times more likely to commit suicide and are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts from bullying.
Overall I take in politics from rallies, other student based films that explore political issues and from statistics, such as the ones from my documentary. I look for the direct outcome of how politics has influenced my social environment because it’s important. I know of so many people my age who don’t understand what’s going on in today’s politics, either they don’t understand it or they just ignore it. I feel that a lot of younger people don’t think they have a voice when in actual fact the power of knowledge and understanding of what is happening in today’s society is fundamental to change and that their opinion matters. I make short films and documentaries that are relatable and educational and entertaining enough so that they don’t get bored. If I’m going to switch off after 2 minutes, then my target audience will too. Everything is watched on iphone, ipads, laptops..we want our information quick and we want it entertaining. To communicate these important messages and educate on political issues, there needs to be that entertaining factor. 
Something that makes not only myself but also many of my friends switch-off from the news, is the fact that it is so depressing. Humour is an excellent way to engage an audience and keep them coming back for more. Looking at the work I’ve made thus far, all have that humorous element, laughing and learning at the same time..if only high-school was like that..then i would have learn a hell of a lot more..
Angela always knew that the creative industry was where she belonged. Her first year of film school saw her first documentary, Out There Education (2010) screened at the Astor Theatre and nominated for best documentary for the annual Martini Awards. 
Angela has producing credits on several short films and music videos. Over the last couple of years, she found a passion for screenwriting and in 2012 wrote the first draft of So, Your Kid’s A Homo during her gap year. 
Recently Angela was a production assistant at Pronto Productions. She worked in pre- production and was part of the production crew for the Ellen DeGeneres Show during its Australian tour.

Currently in her graduate year, Angela went to London Film Academy between semesters to make a documentary and learn from industry professionals in the UK, and was commissioned to produce a follow up documentary for LFA Productions starting in 2014.
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