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Writer & Director - Hylton Shaw & Samantha Dinning 

Producers - Philippa Campey, Hylton Shaw & Samantha Dinning 

Executive Producer - Claire Jager

Developed with the assistance of Film Victoria








One long hot summer, forty girls and gender non-conforming youth aged between 11 and 17 converge on The Wick Studios in Brunswick for the inaugural week-long GIRLS ROCK! MELBOURNE Camp. Greeting them are a myriad of enthusiastic volunteers - local female rock legends, punk-ed up teachers, students and youth workers – all keen to empower the young female, trans and gender diverse participants through Rock ’n’ Roll. The formula is simple – over the course of a week long non-residential camp, each participant learns an instrument of their choice, is assigned a band, collaborates, writes a song and performs it in front of family and friends at a Rock’n’Roll showcase that balks at convention and challenges normalised ideas about what it means to be young and female. In addition, they are taught self- defence, learn how to plug in their own instruments, let loose in screaming workshops and are mentored by some of the industries punk-ass best.

Melbourne’s first GIRLS ROCK! camp has all the right ingredients for a week of creativity, empowerment and general sticking-it-to the-man-ness. Surrounding the participants and providing invaluable mentorship are musicians COURTNEY BARNETT and CAMP COPE, local punk legends CABLE TIES, Australian-Sikh Slam Poet SUKJHIT KHALSA, Indigenous rapper and street poet LADY LASH, traditional Japanese guitarist NORIKO and a host of dedicated volunteers. Over the course of the week, and the months following camp, we follow a number of participants as they struggle to find their sense of belonging and identity through music. As the week, songs and bands progress the importance of the aim behind this rare community becomes increasingly apparent. For female, trans and gender diverse youth, this clearly is NO TIME FOR QUIET.

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