As part of BreastScreen NSW’s awareness drive for the annual October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Frost*collective was commissioned to develop a series of video stories highlighting the importance of breast screening and biennial mammograms for women aged 50 to 74 years.
With one in eight women in NSW developing breast cancer in their lifetime and with 75 per cent of those women diagnosed being over the age of 50, early detection of breast cancer is key to improving outcomes.
The video stories set out to emphasise the importance of mammograms as part of women’s regular health checks.
Collaborating closely with BreastScreen NSW, Frost*collective worked with producer Rachel Knepfer, director/photographer Hugh Stewart and director of photography/editor, Mark Pugh to create four video case studies featuring breast cancer survivors.
The four different videos capture each woman’s unique screening journey and convey emotional and heroic stories that are highly relatable, resonating with a diverse socio-cultural population.
The women share their deeply personal experiences with cancer, each speaking directly to the camera to intensify the dialogue with the audience. Four moving portraits of each breast cancer survivor were also created.
The strength of each breast cancer survivor, and the rawness of emotion that each displayed, was palpable,” Stewart said.
“Each of our video subjects bravely and openly laid bare their vulnerabilities. It was incredible hearing individual stories and fears articulated so clearly, and the intensity of their appreciation of their families and their lives renewed.
“This was one of the most emotionally touching projects I’ve done, and I truly hope this work helps to educate, empower and promote regular breast screening amongst all women.”
Alex Dalmau, associate design director at Frost*design, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with BreastScreen NSW on such a worthy and important initiative.
“It’s rare to meet someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer, so to be able to contribute to the conversation creatively, and hopefully to make a difference, is humbling.”
Samantha Raheb, social marketing and recruitment coordinator at BreastScreen NSW, said: “It is essential that women hear the stories of other women when it comes to the importance of regular breast screening.
“The women in these videos are united by a common experience – told in way that will encourage others to take action when it comes to their breast health.
“These videos are an extremely valuable asset to BreastScreen. The Frost team were professional from start to finish, so it is no surprise that we are so happy with the final outputs of the partnership.”
Nest (part of Frost*collective) was tasked with refreshing and updating the BreastScreen NSW website to enhance user experience.
The scope of work involved the creation of a suite of engaging content including videos, infographics and icons. These support topics across the website making the screening information more digestible for all audiences.
Creative director: Ant Donovan
Associate design director: Alex Dalmau
Client services director: Emma Stone
Account director: Max Delplanque
Account manager: Iris Vanhecke
Senior digital designer: Zion Wu
Digital producer: Nathalie Cano
Producer: Rachel Knepfer
Photographer/director: Hugh Stewart, Title Artist Management
Videographer: Mark Pugh