Anthony is like any other eight-year-old boy. He loves the film “Finding Nemo”, watching ABC Kids TV and creating artwork.
He’s also an eight-year-old boy who needs to go to hospital as soon as he spikes a temperature. He is the only eight-year-old boy we know with a do-not-resuscitate order.
But, most of all, Anthony is known for being funny, kind, and having incredibly expressive eyes. It’s these gorgeous brown eyes that are not only the window to his soul but, with NDIS-funded eye-gaze technology, Anthony’s eyes are now his voice.
The $25,000 eye gaze technology allows Anthony to say what he wants, rather than answering yes/no questions. Cara has created a five-minute documentary with Anthony’s staff, called “Eye Spy Anthony”. It’s a glimpse into Anthony’s life so far.
“Eye Spy Anthony” is a finalist in the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. Organised by Nova Employment, Focus on Ability (FOA) is designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability. This year they’re celebrating 11 years of doing just that and there’s an international audience of more than one million people!
You can vote for your favourite films in each category – “Eye Spy Anthony” is in the Open Documentary category – and voting opens on Thursday, June 20. Go to www.focusonability.com.au and search in the “Open Entrant Documentaries” section from June 20 to Wednesday, July 3. There’s a daily $50 iTunes voucher up for grabs for voters.
Media enquiries: Amy Noonan 0429 935 466 or Natalie Ciccocioppo 0451 987 344