Lifestyle

VIDEO: Can you watch it without crying?

MOVING VIDEO: Riverside Christian College student Luci Allanson with her teacher Matt White.
MOVING VIDEO: Riverside Christian College student Luci Allanson with her teacher Matt White. Carlie Walker

A SHORT film that has made grown men cry and racked up more than a million views on YouTube was made by a Maryborough teenager.

The video was created by Year 12 Riverside Christian College student Luci Allanson for a school project and tells the heart-warming story of pet ownership - from the first moment of bringing home a puppy to the final sad goodbye.

Luci was inspired to create the film - which stars two of her own dogs - because her mum works at the council pound and has shared many tragic stories of dogs being unwanted and abandoned by their owners.

When Luci first uploaded the video, titled If Only I Could Speak, in August, it received about 1000 views and Luci got plenty of positive feedback from family, friends and the community.

But when a friend uploaded a link of the video to online forum Reddit, it started going viral and overnight it reached more than 100,000 views.

The video was then shared by an online reviewer and before Luci knew it, her video had a million views.

"I didn't really expect that," she said.

The figure is still climbing.

Unsurprisingly, Luci got an A for her effort and her teacher Matt White said he was very proud of what she had accomplished.

"Everyone's stoked," he said.

Mr White said when he watched the video, he got a bit teary-eyed himself.

"Anyone who is a pet owner will connect," he said.

Luci is thrilled so many people have watched her video, but she did have some advice for those yet to see it.

"I'd advise you not to watch it in an open area," she said, advising people to go to their room in case they needed to cry.

The future is looking bright for Luci, who intends to apply for university and study film and television.

IF ONLY I COULD SPEAK

The short film has reached a total of 1,184,700 views as of last night

Luci said her mum has watched the video five times - and cried every time

People have left 85 comments on the video

Luci said a surprisingly high ratio of men to women have watched the video

Topics:  editors picks maryborough youtube



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Maryborough hay runners heading west to struggling farmers

Heading out on the Burrumbuttock Hay Run are truckies (L) John Hatchman, Mike Webber, Todd Warren, Glen Grohn, Nathan and Adam Doyle, Mark Warren and Brett Rasmussen.

Hundreds of bales of hay will be sent out to Central Queensland.

M'boro showcased, farmer faces biggest hurdles on TV

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Maryborough's Sean Hollands showed his partner Susan around town for the homestay episode.

The Heritage City got a special mention.

RECORD BREAKER: Fraser Coast set for driest Feb in decades

This BOM map shows the climate outlooks for February.

The last record for the driest February was set in 1983

Local Partners

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

M'boro showcased, farmer faces biggest hurdles on TV

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Maryborough's Sean Hollands showed his partner Susan around town for the homestay episode.

The Heritage City got a special mention.

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!