HIV Foundation Queensland – There’s Something I Want To Tell You
An online and cinema documentary series telling the story of Queenslanders living with HIV
Challenge perceptions about HIV in the community.
There’s a hangover from the 80’s and the AIDS advertising message. We had to dislodge the horrific image of the grim reaper and show people that there have been significant developments in the treatment of HIV, allowing people living with HIV to live long healthy lives.
Three evocative, powerful and inspiring films, each dealing with important themes: reducing stigma, encouraging and supporting more HIV testing, and prevention.
The only way to reach and get attention from this audience is with uncensored honest, eloquent and powerful narratives about the lasting impact HIV has on those affected.
After a rigorous screening and duty of care process we spent a month interviewing some incredible Australians; we listened to their stories, documented their journeys and created an inspiring legacy. The people chosen were living with HIV either because they have it, or because someone they love does. They bared their hearts and souls, leaving you gasping for air.
We produced three evocative, powerful and inspiring films each dealing with an important theme:
- HIV Stigma – Despite the many misconceptions surrounding HIV, people continue to live and love life to the full.
- HIV Testing – The only person responsible for your status is you. Take charge and take a test regularly.
- HIV Prevention – Use protection all the time, every time.
The films provide a unique glimpse into an audience previously silenced and reveals heart wrenchingly raw wounds, yet somehow, against the odds, our characters are brimming with irrepressible life. Collectively, our characters supported a larger story and through painfully revealing the stigma they deal with every day they’ve helped dispel misconceptions surrounding HIV as they live with optimism and enthusiasm for the future.
The End HIV message is getting through.
Cinema and online films reached 80% of gay men in Queensland, Australia.
The content was so ground breaking in its approach to storytelling it played at the 20th International AIDS Conference Candlelight Vigil in Melbourne.
The number of people tested for HIV in Brisbane jumped 36% in 2014, with a further 1992 people taking advantage of rapid HIV tests on offer in clinics across the city.