'Betty Does Footscray'

A Burnet Institute/RMIT University collaboration, ‘Betty Does Footscray’ will be screened as part of the National Harm Reduction Conference in Baltimore, USA.

The US-based Harm Reduction Coalition is hosting:

The 4th National Harm Reduction Film Festival

Capturing the spirit and creativity of our movement, the film festival runs throughout the conference, providing an alternative format for the sharing of rich and exciting information and projects.

The film fest includes:

  • documentaries
  • advocacy films
  • training videos, and
  • fictional work relevant to harm reduction.

A Burnet Institute/RMIT University collaboration

This documentary is a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Burnet Institute and the filmmaking team which had access to (mobile) drug-use researchers to tell the story of their flagship outreach program looking at the lives (and blood) of people who inject drugs.

Filmmakers approach:

The filmmakers shadowed the researchers on field work to capture the uniqueness of their approach to linking medical research with public health. Throughout the three stages of production they developed the storytelling and content with the Institute’s researchers and communications staff.

‘Betty Does Footscray’ was selected by a panel of filmmakers and medical researchers for this leading international conference where the film program is an important component presenting, in innovative ways, new insights into the challenges facing drug and alcohol harm reduction professionals worldwide.

RMIT Universtity’s Paul Ritchard conceived of the collaboration, developed the production process and also produced, co-directed and co-edited.

Date & Time

00:00, 23 October 2014 – 00:00, 26 October 2014



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Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Professor Paul Dietze

Co-Program Director, Disease Elimination