Film students create an IMPACT

WA Screen Academy

Uncovering dramatic stories that create an impact is the driving force behind the films produced by this year’s crop of budding filmmakers at the WA Screen Academy.

Six short drama films will premiere at IMPACT, a gala screening at Luna Cinemas hosted by WAAPA graduate Luke Arnold (Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, Black Sails, Winners and Losers), showcasing the work of the 2015 graduating students.

The short drama films premiering at IMPACT are:

  • Tryptophan - Chocolate is one hell of a drug.
  • True Colours - An increasingly desolate schoolboy creates a coded language using paint colour sample cards to express his secret feelings for the object of his affection.
  • Life In a Library - Power, jealousy and chickens push the staff of a local library over the edge.
  • Splendours of a Mind - A childhood tragedy leaves a young woman trapped in the shadow of her twin sister's identity.
  • Godot’s Clinic - A writer struggles, trapped in a labyrinth of absurdity.
  •  To The End - What happened that night? Why doesn't Jason remember?

WA Screen Academy Director Dr Cathy Henkel said this year’s theme is about crafting dramatic stories with conflict that will hopefully resonate and have an impact on the audience.

“We have three comedies this year, two dramas and a surrealist piece exploring some of the more absurd aspects of human nature,” Dr Henkel said.

Dr Henkel said all of the films have been written, produced, filmed, directed and edited by WA Screen Academy students, in collaboration with Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) acting, music and sound and lighting students.

“Another exciting development is that for the first time Channel Nine will film the event this year and a broadcast of the films and the gala night will screen on Channel Nine in October,” Dr Henkel said.

Ten student awards sponsored by Channel Nine will also be presented on the night, including Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, Writer and Producer.

The WA Screen Academy IMPACT gala screening takes place at Luna Cinemas on Thursday, 24 September 2015. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at $25 per person and $20 for concession card holders and can be purchased through WAAPA Box Office, telephone 9370 6895.