Australian Federal Police launches tragic film for Missing Children’s Day via Common Ventures


The Australian Federal Police have supported International Missing Children’s Day with a heartbreaking piece of film to raise awareness of the more than 1,000,000 children reported missing each year.


Written, directed and produced by Common Ventures, the video was released through the network of international Missing Children organisations via social channels.

Says Trish Halligan, acting coordinator – outreach, prevention and engagement, Australian Federal Police: “We are exceptionally proud of the creative work Common Ventures has provided the AFP in the concept and development of the short video for International Missing Children’s Day (IMCD) 2019. As the focus piece, the short video makes the viewer think about all the unrealised achievements and milestones that a missing child will never experience. This provides a small insight into some emotions and thoughts felt by families and friends of missing children.

“When a child goes missing, there is not only the initial pain and loss associated with the horrific event, there is also the ongoing impact by those left behind”

Says James Crawley, Common Ventures: “The creative was inspired by the (likely mythical) bet between Ernest Hemmingway and his fellow writers, resulting in the saddest sentence ever written: ‘For sale, baby shoes, never worn.

“We love to find simple, powerful stories, and do our best to tell them beautifully. This was an absolute pleasure to work on.”

In 2018, Common Ventures wrote, directed and produced a piece of film for Missing Person’s Week, which has been noted in international and local award shows.

Client – Australian Federal Police / National Missing Persons Coordination Centre

Creative Agency and Production Company – Common Ventures
Director & Creative Lead – James Crawley
Executive Creative Director – Brian Merrifield
Creative – Daniel Nutman
Art Director – Roberta Cicerone
Producer – Lisa Pizarro
Cinematographer – George Tyler
Sound Recordist – Michal Zoltowski
Camera Assistant – Paul Hoad

Actor: Anouk Baillet

Casting: Chicken and Chips
Casting Directors – Alison Fowler & Stephanie Pringle

Music & Sound House: Rumble Studios
Composer: Lance Gurisik
Music & Sound Producer: Michael Gie

Equipment provided by VA Hire