Transition Film

Transition Film is an innovative program that creates a pathway from High School, into College and into the film industry. The program started in 2016 and in it’s first year involved Rokeby High School and Rosny College. Through this partnership the original web series BLACK HILLS HIGH was created.

Sessions are run on a weekly basis over twenty weeks (two school terms). During the first term Professional writers collaborate with High School students to write an original series of short films or a web series. The series reflects the lived experiences of the students, though it is fictional, allowing students to create a new work that comes from them and allows them to address issues that directly concern them.

During week 11-20 professional filmmakers work with college students in the pre-production, production and editing stages. The High School students, along with professional actors, rehearse and perform their scripts. This process allows College and High School students to work together, develop relationships and in so doing demystify College and prepare them for the transition. College students on the other hand develop relationships with professional filmmakers and work within the expectations that professionals require and in so doing experience what it is like on a professional set.



Black Hills High

Holly loves Brad but know that she shouldn’t and Brad, he watches himself turn into his father and is terrified of the man he is becoming. Can he resist his father’s influence and be the man he wants to be and the boyfriend Holly needs?


Adam Ransley and Lucien Simon wrote Black Hills High in collaboration with students from Rokeby High School. Together they created a fictional world where issues facing many students and families across Australia could be explored. Black Hills High looks at the consequences of Domestic Violence, Bullying and Unexpected Pregnancy on the lives of young Australians.

Project Partners: Rokeby High School, Rosny College, Rokeby High School Association

Funded by Clarence Council through their Partnership Grants and the Department of Health and Human Services through the Community Support Levy.

Supported by ABC Tasmania, Mission Australia, The Tasmanian Police, St. Vincents De Paul


Episode 1: 'The Gang'

Episode 5: 'Holly'

Episode 2: 'Jamie'

Episode 3: 'Brad'

Episode 4: 'Danni'