Bureaucratic Youth

"Bureaucratic Youth" follows the story of two students who navigate the challenges of making big change in their school community. Tommy and Andy have a bold ambition to install indoor plants in every classroom at their school, but red tape, bumbling teachers, cost blowouts and COVID-19 lockdowns thwart their efforts at every turn.

  • Caden Blythman
  • Caden Blythman
  • Caden Blythman
  • Timothy Hess
    Key Cast
    "Tommy Hann"
  • Dougie Cowie-Kent
    Key Cast
    "Andy Witten"
  • Hannah Woodland
    Key Cast
    "Carlos Bronwyn"
  • Jelaine Blythman
    Key Cast
    "Janelle Eckersley"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Television
  • Genres:
    Sitcom, Comedy, Satire
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50 AUD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Emmaus College, Melbourne
Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Caden Blythman

Caden Blythman is a high school senior from Melbourne, Australia.

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Director Statement

I set out with the intention of creating a product that satirises real life. As a member of student council at my school, I wanted to create an ode to the difficulties when big ideas and school procedures collide. No one is deliberately trying to make things harder for student voice to be included in schools, but the reality is that there's just so much going on. Therefore, "Bureaucratic Youth" is intended to share this reality and make light of the fact that this is how things are.

I was inspired by shows such as "Utopia" (Working Dog, 2014-) and "Parks and Recreation" (Daniels, 2009-2015) for the prevailing concepts of bureaucracy, and the determination and teamwork that arises from it. The storytelling method is derived from elements of "Arrested Development" (Hurwitz, 2003-2006) in order to present the story in a more humorous way, and guide viewers who are unfamiliar with schools and student councils.