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The art of storytelling

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Tags: Homepage; Faculty of Education and Arts; School of Communications and Arts; Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA); Homepage featured

The story of one talented visually impaired WAAPA student who hasn’t let her disability get in the way of chasing her dreams is just one of the powerful documentaries created by WA Screen Academy students this year.

Ritchell Lim is a second year student at WAAPA, studying voice and piano. Her story is the subject of a new short documentary, Out on a Lim, directed by WA Screen Academy Masters student Joshua Walker.

Joshua said when he heard about Ritchell through a fellow student at ECU he thought her story was pretty phenomenal.

“The number of obstacles Ritchell has overcome and the things she has learned to do are really impressive,” Joshua said.

Joshua said through his documentary he hoped to show people the way that Ritchell sees the world.

“She is a beautiful singer, a talented pianist and a composer. We have been very fortunate to be able to feature one of Ritchell’s original songs in the documentary,” he said.

Six short documentaries made by the WA Screen Academy class of 2015 will premiere at an upcoming screening. The themes explored are diverse and range from tackling obesity to metadata laws, burlesque dancing, overcoming adversity and a mango farmer’s fight against fracking.

The documentaries premiering are:

  • Out on a Lim - A singer transcends the senses
  • Skin and Bone - To cut or not to cut? …that is the question
  • What’s the Deal With Data?  - One man’s attempt to unplug from a digital world
  • A Spoonful of Sugar - An Aussie performer brings her special sweetness to the London Burlesque Festival
  • The Sound Artist  - Listening in a noisy world
  • The Incidental Activist - A farmer fights for our future.

WA Screen Academy Director Dr Cathy Henkel, an award-winning documentary producer herself, said it is vital students learn the skills of factual storytelling.

“WA is a leading player in the production of quality Australian documentaries for TV, cinema and online delivery,” Dr Henkel said.

“Documentaries are a vital way of raising awareness about significant issues and contributing to conversations about human experience. A powerful documentary can change lives, inspire people to action and bring about change.

“Among the documentaries premiering this year are stories about data retention and fracking in WA. I hope both will generate debate and inspire people to action,” she said.

Six documentaries and two client projects will premiere at the WA Screen Academy Impact screening at Luna Cinemas on Thursday, 5 November.  Principal sponsor Channel Nine will also announce the winner of the Student of the Year Award, where the student will be honoured with a cash prize of $500 and an internship at Channel Nine. Tickets are available to the public via the Tugg website.

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