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Freo on the Couch

In the funkiest town in Australia, a little but well known place on the West Coast called Fremantle, sixteen interviewees express the process of change by which artists are pushed to outskirts & the big developers set in. The local folks' home and sense of identity undergoes a process of gentrification. Fremantle, more commonly known as Freo, is known as a place where people arrive at and they never leave; a bubble of sorts, an enigma that no-one can quite capture. Using five generic questions and with both Aboriginal history & heritage in mind, Freo on the Couch searches for the essence of Fremantle and delves deep into the question of what on Earth Freo actually is!

  • Lehani Ani
  • Lehani Ani
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    39 minutes 49 seconds
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    September 14, 2019
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    300 AUD
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  • Docos on the Couch
    September 14, 2019
    Perth Premiere
  • Freo Doco Fest
    January 18, 2020
Director Biography - Lehani Ani

Lehani is a Primary Teacher and part time Youtuber. She is a self trained documentary maker. This is her first documentary, completing all filming and editing as a solo project.

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Director Statement

The feedback for Freo on the Couch makes me think there is something worthwhile here to share. While it is made on amateur, budget equipment, I believe in its value as a story of a small town within the context of a larger world where the process of gentrification is happening extensively. It is the first creative project by which I have given my entire heart, life and soul & I am proud of my accomplishment.