Creative Inspiring Stories

Lindsey Horne
Tim Hamilton
Still shot from The Power of Change
We hear from the young finalists in the Creativity & Culture category, supported by The Big Idea, as part of the Inspiring Stories Film Competition. Also check out their films!


We hear from the young filmmakers and finalists in the Creativity & Culture category, proudly supported by The Big Idea, as part of the Inspiring Stories Film Competition. Check out their finalist films below!

The awards ceremony will be held at the Festival for the Future, November 17, at Te Papa.

We hear from the young filmmakers and finalists in the Creativity & Culture category, proudly supported by The Big Idea, as part of the Inspiring Stories Film Competition. Check out their finalist films below!

The awards ceremony will be held at the Festival for the Future, November 17, at Te Papa.

Lindsey Horne, aged 21 from Dunedin, tells us about My friend Harriet and Tim Hamilton, aged 18 from Palmerston North / Pahiatua, tells us about his film Jeremy.

The Power of Change - by Ben Cowper, Lauren Graham and others from Matapuna Training Centre, is also a finalist. The group says it is a “short film that describes a range of scenarios that are common within our community, it’s to encourage youth to make the right choices in life. A variety of short stories are mentioned in between a short slam poem that describes choices in life.”

Tell us a bit about your background?

Lindsey: I'm a self confessed geek but with a serious love for art. I was always torn between the arts and sciences so half way through my neuroscience degree I jumped on a plane to California where I did painting and film making. Now that I've graduated I'm studying a Masters of Science Communication where I'm lucky enough to merge those two fields.

Tim: Home-school from age 13. Worked for Tararua TV volunteer for 3 years. yup.

What was the inspiration behind your film?

Lindsey: Two things:
1. Smart transport is sexy.
Seriously, people look awesome on bikes and skate boards and if they don't, after a couple of weeks on the bike- they will!

2. Harriet Leadbetter- she's an absolute goodie.
She's part of Generation Zero (a youth organisation that's keen to reduce NZ's carbon emissions) and she put so much work into the smart transport campaign. She made me change the way I think about how I get from A to B and now getting to places is sometimes the funnest part.

Tim: Not long after the seminar with Guy & Lu I scored a job with the City Library. But to do this I had to move out of home and live a life without a "fixed abode", so I could kinda relate to Jeremy. Except I was volunteer bum and he's just a bit nuts. Anyway, it pisses me off that people don't know these people. So I made a video about my homeless friend Jeremy.

What do you hope others take away from it?

Lindsey: Small changes add up - they add up in your wallet, they add up with your health and they add up in the environment. New Zealand could be a leader in smart transport infrastructure, but first we need to show that we want to be.  Also, cycling around with a gang of friends is one of those straight up fun things to do.

Tim: People like rock on up to him and are like, "Hey Jeremy. I saw that video you're in" granted they're often drunk. But at least people know his name.

What have you learnt from this experience?

Lindsey: I appreciate journeys.  After talking with Harriet about transport I've really enjoyed my journeys around town - reading my book on the bus, night rides on my bike and observing things is so much easier when you're walking than when you're in your car.  And that felt tip pens are just as much fun now as they were when I was seven.

Tim: At some point during our travels Jeremy asked me to carry his trolley for him. That was quite humbling. I learnt what it was like to have the police, or the drunks glaring at you and wondering what the hell you are as you wander down the street towing all of someones life possessions. I learnt that this guy trusted me. I learnt about lonesomeness and boredom. I learnt lots of things.

What's great about Inspiring Stories?

Lindsey: I've never been one for rules, so Inspiring Stories was really great in that you have no boundaries as to what defines 'inspiring' and how to present it. So much diversity comes through in the stories they tap into - from hip hop dancing, to food rescues to cool hobos. Guy and Lu's energy is also really contagious and I know this sounds super cheesy, but they do make you feel like anything is possible.

Tim: There is a cash prize.

Who or what has inspired you recently?

Lindsey: There are five friends of mine down in Dunedin who somehow got me to say yes to cycling up to Auckland from Dunedin. Every time I feel myself get nervous, they're right there being excited and keen like little terriers with their tails wagging so I have no choice but to feel excited too - they're a constant inspiration.

Tim: The book Dancing with Cats. I don't even have a cat, but its so awesome!

What are your future plans for filmmaking or storytelling?

Lindsey: I'm documenting our trip up the country so that's my next project, but I haven't gotten through my phase of short films just watch this space.

Tim: I do not know. I miss my brother, so I am wanting to start working with him. But if God's all like "Yo Tim, go be Amish." - I'll go be Amish. I'm pretty relaxed about things.

  • The Big Idea Creativity & Culture Award
    To encourage further filmmaking the winner of this category receives free use of the Sound Room's extensive original music library for their next production.  As part of this prize the winning team will be offered musical and technical advice from Marshall Smith and Tom Fox [leading film & TV composers].

* * * Finalist Films * * *

My Friend Harriet from Lindsey Horne on Vimeo.

Jeremy from Tim Hamilton on Vimeo.

This year's Inspiring Stories Film Competition, themed "Young Kiwis Making A Difference" is supported by the New Zealand Film Commission.

The competition is designed to showcase and celebrate young New Zealanders making a difference in their community. 'Make a film, make a difference!' is their tagline. It follows on from the Inspiring Stories national road trip, where their team has run events in more than 25 centres nationwide including workshops in secondary schools and community film screening evenings.

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

15 Nov 2012

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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