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In the summer of 2012-13 my daughter Katherine and her friends got together to make a short film during their holidays while they waited for their University offers.

Nearly two years later here it is.



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Paper Thin is based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, who tried to fold 1,000 paper cranes to beat her leukaemia. This is an amazing short film directed by Elizabeth Duong with beautiful original music by Daniel Hernandez and Elle Graham. Don’t just take my word for it. Don’t just watch it. Don’t just like it.

Share Paper Thin to help make leukaemia HISTORY.



A generous, dedicated group of people have been working hard to create the story of  Sadako Sasaki in film to support our leukaemia research project.

Sadako survived the Hiroshima bombing in 1945. Radiation can kill quickly by causing radiation sickness, or slowly by causing cancer. Like many other children who survived the bomb, Sadako developed leukaemia ten years later when she was 12.

paper thin - liz's coming shot

The Director Elizabeth Duong and the Paper Thin Productions team is poweful both visually and emotionally. Daniel Hernandez and Elle Graham’s music can stand on its own.

So why Paper Thin? The story ties in with our research into leukaemia, and we’re aiming to raise awareness and support for the research.

This is crowdsourcing with a difference. Researchers worldwide are looking to alternative sources of funding as grant funding gets more and more competitive. Missing out on grant funding is not a short term problem. One very real problem is that skilled Scientists have to leave research.  That means the projects they’re working on stop and discoveries they were after will never happen. The expertise  they’ve build up won’t be used.

The most risky projects are the ones that make the biggest difference, the game-changing discoveries. But granting bodies don’t like risky projects. They like giving money to the big labs – this means more of the same.

Crowdsourcing is gaining in popularity – the people decide for themselves what research projects their donations will help.  In the case if Paper Thin there’s no middle-man crowdsourcing platform (they take a commission).

Another big difference is the product – this is a leukaemia story in film and music.

So because the Paper Thin Productions team’s given their time freely you can be sure 100% of your donation will go to the research.


The credits do better justice than I could to acknowledge the people who helped. Special thanks also to Jenny Going from the Essendon Symphony Orchestra for allowing us to use their time to rehearse and record the music, and also to Shauna Hurley, Bridget Bible, Richard Prentice, Barabara Cytowicz, Leslea Johnson, Amber Atkinson and Kayanne Allan from St Vincent’s Hospital who helped with the logistics of how to do this from the Hospital’s perspective.

Getting back to Paper Thin. I’ve been privileged to have a bit of insight into the filming process recently.

Elizabeth Duong and her team of volunteers are producing a short film to raise awareness of leukaemia and, fingers crossed, some research funds. I’m amazed at how professional this amateur film-maker is.


Elizabeth at work with the lead actor.

We were fortunate to get the use of a hospital bed for filming, thanks to Kayanne and Amber at St Vincent’s Hospital. So just by being there at the start and end of filming days, and helping set up for the final day, I feel like I know a bit more about it all. We’ve also had a loan of original 1950s props from the St Vincent’s Archives (courtesy of the archivist, Barbara).

Costumes by Estelle

Costumes by Estelle

And lots of people were roped in to help make paper cranes – the target was 1,000 but I think there were multiples of that in the end.

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Here are some shots from set-up. Elizabeth and Katherine were stringing paper cranes up around the bed late into the night. Everyone’s been making the most of Uni holidays to get stuck into the film.

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You can see more photos on Liz’s Facebook page.

Next time, fun with modelling clay (some science).