Short films bring students to the edge

Film & Video and WA Screen Academy

A group of ECU School of Arts and Humanities film students have travelled more than 14,000kms to the other side of the world to complete their short film assignment.

Their film, which follows the story of an Australian woman who travels to Scotland to meet her long lost sister, will be screened alongside diverse stories that include a vegan punk rock band whose musical dreams are halted when they hit a kangaroo, a future where technology has taken control of dating and a period piece featuring an outcast female science teacher.

The films will premiere at The Academy Films 2017 Gala Screening: Come to the Edge, hosted by WAAPA graduate Angus McLaren (Doctor Doctor, Packed to the Rafters) on Thursday, 28 September at Luna Cinema Leederville and also screen on Channel Nine in October.

An edgy theme

WA Screen Academy Director Dr Cathy Henkel said the theme for this year’s films, Come to the Edge, is a philosophy the school also embraces.

“Students are invited to push their ideas and work to the limits, test boundaries and strive to be their best,” she said.

“Embarking on a career in the screen industries is not for the faint-hearted, and requires a boldness and willingness to take well calculated risks. We aim to prepare our students for the business and to create an environment for them to test their limits and push their creative boundaries.

“All the films this year have challenged and tested us in new ways, and taken us to the edge,” Dr Henkel said.

An international first

Students from the WA Screen Academy took their storytelling to Scotland, filming their first international co-production in a collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Long Lost was shot in both Perth and Glasgow involving crews and actors from both schools.

“The students gained valuable industry experience, working across borders in an international setting, not to mention the life-experience benefits associated with travelling and filming in another country,” Dr Henkel said.

2017 Films

The films premiering are created by the 2017 WA Screen Academy class of writers, producers, directors, cinematographers and editors. They feature Western Australian Academy of Performing (WAAPA) 3rd year acting students on screen as well as music composers, costume designers and sound students.

The films include:

Long Lost – Things don’t go to plan for Ali when she realises she is adopted and travels to Scotland to find her ‘long lost’ sister Heather.

Carnal Privilege – Primed for their big break at a music festival, fate intervenes when a vegan punk rock band hit a kangaroo.

Magic - When a young female teacher, captivated by the magic of science, disregards the conventions of her times by sharing her passion with her female students, she is outcast by her community.

Dark Horses - Two strangers, with conflicting agendas, journey through a rough night to a new dawn.

You, Me and Karen - Set in a near-future world where technology has taken over the rituals of dating, a young woman discovers a glimmer of real-life human connection.

Halim - A young Muslim man is forced to confront his inner desires when he is introduced to his fiancé’s brother in the lead up to his own wedding.