Respected Doco Maker Seeks Money To Complete Latest Project

Barbara Karpinski

Barbara Karpinski

Highly-regarded documentary filmmaker Barbara Karpinski needs more funding to finish her latest work, High Risk, a 75 minute feature film composed of candid interviews with a diverse cross-section of the GLBTI community – gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and sex and gender diverse, speaking about their experience of depression.

The film examines some of the reasons for this statistic, by way of first-person interviews, which are candid, intimate, gritty, and often very funny.

Barbara Karpinski’s style is irreverent, take no prisoners, suffer no fools and wear your Doc Martins to go places where angels fear to tread.

The inspiration for the documentary was this article in Star Observer about the struggle – since largely won – to get national depression initiative beyondblue to address GLBTI depression and anxiety.

The documentary features never seen before footage of Mardi Gras parades of the past, unravels the dark past of Mardi Gras, with its bloody beginnings in 1978, as a demonstration for Gay rights.  It goes on to look at modern day reasons for depression – one reason being that you can’t get married and so your relationships are not validated.

Now Barbara needs to raise cash to complete the movie.

“We money to finish this film, inspired by your article in the SSO, on the Beyond Blue debate. GALFA has declined our funding as it says the issues are too “broadly focussed” to fit into their criteria for gay bisexual lesbian health. But Polly’s, ACON, Linc, and SCC have supported us. Please help by giving money – nothing too small.” xxxx Babz

Barbara says,”Please give whatever you can spare: donate here.

Helping us raise $25,000 will allow us to complete this film & raise awareness about these issues. You will be an agent of change – supporting the ongoing GLBTI Community movement globally, inspiring others to take the step to come out of the closet, and possibly even change rigid societal norms.

We plan to send this film to some of the BEST FILM FESTIVALS across the globe, and also give copies to NGO’s to further their various campaigns. You may see my Previous Films have also gone to some of best known Film Festivals and also won awards.

We’ve already shot 80% of the film with my savings, with the help of ACON, City of Sydney Council, Pollys, Shark Island Foundation, and Linc, but making a film (especially one that doesn’t compromise on performance, aesthetics and production value) is expensive and I have exhausted my own resources. I know how to make film on the smell of an oily rag and we have had top class people like DOP Steve Macdonald, work for really low rates. So its visually beautiful.

Which is why I now turn to you for help? We need to raise $25,000 to be able cover our remaining Production Costs, to shoot our final interview with Ex-big Brother, Johnnie Cass, as well as our Post Production Costs for Editing, Sound, Music, Marketing etc etc, that will help us finish the film and take it to festivals and educational outlets. The money you give us will go towards the following:

  • Shooting: 10 %
  • Directing: 10%
  • Producing: 10%
  • Editing: 30%
  • Sound, Music, Mixing and Post-Production: 20 %
  • Publicity & Festivals: 20% 

More about the project can be found on the fundraising page here.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)