Inspirational senior

NORTH PERTH 16-year-old Zak McGuffie won a gong at the Revelation Film Festival for his short movie This is Elizabeth earlier this month.

The film tells the story of an 85-year-old woman who attributes much of her good health, strength, flexibility and positive attitude to practising yoga for more than 50 years.

“Most would think I was just a fragile old lady, but I’m far from that,” says Elizabeth as she twists into a series of yoga moves that would challenge plenty of Gen-Ys.

McGuffie was a winner in the under-17 section in the Life in Pictures category, which encourages people to reflect on society’s views of growing older.

• A scene from This is Elizabeth.

The award is a collaboration between the department of communities, Revelation and Screenwest.

“Life in Pictures has proven to be an innovative, highly successful project that showcases the artistic and film-making skills of people of all ages, while conveying strong and positive messages about ageing, and all the associated challenges and joys,” says seniors minister Mick Murray.

“The project stimulates discussions about ageing, celebrates the achievements of older people and explores different perspectives on the ageing process.

McGuffie’s film will join the other winners, as well as from last year’s competition, in being featured at the International Federation on Ageing Conference in Toronto.”

Check out This is Elizabeth at

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