WAAPA talent featured at international film festival
Monday, 14 December 2009
Ian Wilkes, Ian Michael and Stephanie Reys on set
A short film featuring a number of WAAPA’s Aboriginal Theatre students, has been screened as part of the international Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in Canada.
Project Petey DNA was very well received and nominated for “Best Short Drama from Near and Far” amongst fifty other short films from around the world.
The 15 minute short was written and directed by renowned indigenous playwright and theatre director David Milroy and features the acting talents of WAAPA’s Aboriginal theatre program.
In recent times many of the program’s graduates have been employed in numerous WA screen productions including Ocean Star and Lockie Leonard, award winning adult television like The Circuit and The Mary G Show, WA’s annual indigenous film festival Deadly Yarns and feature films such as Stone Brothers, Strong Men and Bran Nu Dae.
With such a strong demand for skilled indigenous screen actors, Andrew Lewis, Associate Director of the WA Screen Academy and Rick Brayford, Head of the Aboriginal Theatre program at WAAPA came up with the idea of producing a short film to showcase WAAPA’s talented Aboriginal Theatre students.
The film has also featured in the prestigious Dungog Film Festival earlier this year and has been well-received in regional and remote areas through DVD distribution in the students’ home areas. There are hopes that ‘Project Petey DNA’ will be broadcast nationally.