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WA directing stars win at Clare Valley

Thursday, 05 April 2012

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ECU's WA Screen Academy graduates Mike Hoath and Ben Young have taken out top honours at the 2012 Clare Valley Film Festival for their films Crosshairs and Something Fishy.

Directed by Mike, Crosshairs tells the tale of two brothers from a rural West Australian town who are caught poaching a lamb, with the situation ending in a violent showdown. It won both the Audience Choice Award and Best Australian Short Film Award.

Mike was delighted to hear the news.

“I was pleased to hear that the film was received well and particularly excited that it won the Audience Choice Award,” Mike said.

Fellow WA Screen Academy graduate Ben’s film Something Fishy tells the story about a friendship that is more than skin deep. It also fared well, taking out the Best Australian Performance Male Award for leading actor Brad Albert, and also received a special mention in the Best Australian Short Film Award category.

“It’s really good news and great to see everyone’s hard work paying off,” said Ben.

Mike is currently travelling in Canada and the United States where Crosshairs has been selected into a number of festivals including the Black Hills, Bootleg, Newport Beach and Traverse City festivals.

Meanwhile, Ben is in Perth directing episodes of Prank Patrol for ABC 3.

WA Screen Academy Director John Rapsey was thrilled to hear of the success of both films.

“Mike and Ben are brilliant filmmakers. They’ve done themselves, Western Australian filmmaking and the Screen Academy very proud. Every one of their films has shown a significant development of their vision and craft,” Mr Rapsey said.

“I look forward to seeing what they will do next.”

The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent films. For more information visit www.clarevalleyfilmfestival.com.

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