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WAAPA graduates shine in Australian film

Friday, 25 June 2010


WAAPA graduates Melanie Munt, Arielle Gray, Nick Candy, Christie Sistrunk and Michelle Ridley, all feature in the new Australian film titled, Little Sparrows, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival at the beginning of June.

Written and directed by Perth filmmaker Camille Chen, Little Sparrows tells the tale of Susan, a mother who is diagnosed with breast cancer, and the struggles she and her family face as the cancer begins to spread.

Melanie Munt and Arielle Gray play Susan’s daughters in the film. After graduating in 2005 with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting) Melanie was most recently recognised with the Best Actress award at the 2010 Western Australian Screen Awards.

Arielle, who graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Performance), is a skilled actor and performer who recently co-produced and performed in a solo show, Nobody Cares But You at The Blue Room.

Fellow graduates, Nick Candy and Christie Sistrunk, also shine in the film playing characters Rick and Sophie, who form part of the families extended support system.

Since graduating from WAAPA in 2004 with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting), Nick has led a varied and exciting career, recently appearing in the lead role of the Shanghai Lil Production of Three On, One Off.

Christie, who graduated from ECU in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Secondary) and again from WAAPA in 1994 with a Diploma of Performing Arts (Theatre), has had a distinguished acting career, with performances on both stage and screen.  

Little Sparrows also showcases the talents of costume designer and WAAPA graduate Michelle Ridley.

The Perth premiere of Little Sparrows will screen at the Innaloo Megaplex on Monday, 28 June.

For more information visit the Little Sparrows website.


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