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“Catherine’s Scott’s frequently moving fly on-the-wall documentary vividly depicts kids changing and maturing with the help of Shakeshaft, the dogs and many volunteers..this is inspirational stuff!”
– David Stratton

Watch Bernie from BackTrack Youth Works on Sunrise discussing his program and the Australian film everyone is talking about – Backtrack Boys! To see the clip on sunrise head to 2:41:00 on the video clip here
– Sunrise TV

“This is one of the most moving and important documentaries to be made in Australia for the last 20 years. Or maybe ever. This is profound, extraordinary film-making.  This is what a camera is made to do. These are the stories we need to hear.”
– Tracey Korsten, GlamAdelaide

“There’s a genuine insight captured here that tells of a level of comfort and openness with film maker, Catherine Scott, that allows us to see into this fragile world of rehabilitation as the kids open their hearts to Bernie and the volunteers; their struggle with anger and hurt and disappointments, and the consequences of lashing out”.
– Go Movie Reviews

“In Catherine Scott’s affecting and often heartbreaking documentary Backtrack Boys are a remarkable testament to the ability to reset the path of marginalised kids”.
– The Fierce 

“It’s almost impossible not to be moved by Backtrack Boys and feel emotionally connected to the teens you meet on screen”
– FilmBlerg 

“In the past 5 or more years of reviewing movies for All About Entertainment, I have probably seen over 100 movies. Backtrack Boys is by far the best movie I have seen in a long time. The honesty, passion, determination, commitment, authenticity, and its ultimate love, makes this movie an absolute must for every person in Australia and the world to see.”
– Joe Turtur, All About Entertainment 

“To say a film is important can turn people off, but this one is. It’s humane, it’s beautifully made, the kids are more articulate that one would ever imagine, and it reaches deep into places of compassion in the heart, bringing hope.”
– Hurstos Five Minute Films

“Filmed over two and a half years by director, cinematographer and producer Catherine Scott, not only is ‘Backtrack Boys’ a thoughtful mediation on Australian youth and (at times) a complete tear-jerker, but it’s also a striking-looking film. It’s impossible not to become emotionally invested in the story of the Backtrack team and Bernie Shakeshaft, his unconventional but deeply caring style, and the fractured young Australians he’s helping to heal.”
– Make The Switch

“It’s an absolute delight on so many levels. While watching the boys learn about themselves the audience is left to ponder:
• Never underestimate the power of a non-judgmental dog;
• But  more importantly the unspoken message about the power of a good male role model;
• If only there could be more people like Shakeshaft.”
– The Ponder Room

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This opens theatrically in Australia on Thursday. It’s really special. Go and see it. Write stories about it. Tell your friends.
This fella Bernie, he’s a good fella, a bit of a genius really.
What a great story.
Russel Crowe

“This is one of the most moving and important documentaries to be made in Australia for the last 20 years. Or maybe ever. This is profound, extraordinary film-making. This is what a camera is made to do. These are the stories we need to hear.”
Tracey Korsten – Glam Adelaide

“The wisdom and poetry of these young blokes trying to break through well worn defences and attacks is both heart breaking and heart warming, a wild and rewarding ride that puts it all in perspective.”
Tom Harkin – Man Up

“In the past 5 or more years of reviewing movies for All About Entertainment, I have probably seen over 100 movies. Backtrack Boys is by far the best movie I have seen in a long time. The honesty, passion, determination, commitment, authenticity, and its ultimate love, makes this movie an absolute must for every person in Australia and the world to see.”
Joe – All About Entertainment

“Catherine’s Scott’s frequently moving fly-on-the-wall documentary vividly depicts kids changing and maturing with the help of Shakeshaft, the dogs and many volunteers..this is inspirational stuff!”
David Stratton – Film Reviewer

“This is an awesome, heartening and important film. Every school, every town, has troubled kids who will end up dead or in jail, if nobody gives them the love they need. We usually fail these kids, but we don’t need to. Backtrack Boys is grounded, human, real, and hard, but so heartening. Dogs are at the heart of it too! Its screening RIGHT NOW in many cinemas, I will post details in the comments. If you are a TEACHER I think it will help you from the very first minute, YOUTHWORKERS, COUNSELLORS, and of course parents will learn so much of use about helping kids with their emotions, and their healing and hopes.”
Steve Biddulph – Raising Boys

“I sincerely urge everybody to see this movie and maybe take some tissues with you as it absolutely a brilliant piece of honest movie making. Never have I given a movie a 5-star rating before. Definitely 5 tear jerking stars.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Joe Turtur – All About Entertainment