“These are stories told by kids, from a kids perspective” – Peter Frankis


Type:Short stories

Dur:90 mins


Dir:Beyond Empathy



Made collaboratively with children from public housing areas in the Illawarra. Protection uses a unique blend of film and animation to tell stories about childhood. It is inspired by the lives and experiences of the film’s adventurous and often hilarious young cast.

There’s a re-telling of Goldilocks – featuring a display home and a big, bad real estate agent. There’s witches, parties and billy cart derbies, and a lovely wedding to an imaginary prince. And there are also stories of bullying and racism, death and grief and facing up to your fears and mistakes.

These are stories told by kids from their perspective making Protection a celebration of childhood and a tribute to the resilience of children.

The company behind this project is Beyond Empathy – a not-for-profit organisation with the catch cry: “We love art and we hate disadvantage!”


Want the Cast and Crew to attend your Screening?

Depending on availability and timing, some of the cast and crew of ‘Protection’ may be able to attend your screening for special Q&A sessions. Please contact the filmmakers at for further information.





A bunch of talented kids from public housing areas in the Illawarra NSW


The cast with the help of the Beyond Empathy Team

fan quotes:

“What's striking about the film is its lively energy, humour and imagination" - Peter Frankis

"A fantastic film that everyone should see" - Karen Kirk-Torresan

"Great initiative - very empowering for kids" - Suzanne Waddell


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