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Churchlands local recognised by Australian Film Industry

Sunday, 23 May 2010


Churchlands resident and Edith Cowan University (ECU) film-making student Mike Hoath, has received nationwide recognition with two of his films entitled, Rock ‘n’ Roll Mudwrestling and The Bucks Party selected to screen at the prestigious Dungog Film Festival in May.

Held from 27 to 30 May 2010, in Dungog, NSW, the Dungog Film Festival is Australia’s most prestigious and unique film festival showcasing the very best of Australian cinema from the past, present and future.

Both written and directed by Mike, Rock ‘n’ Roll Mud-wrestling is a snapshot into Australian history, telling the tale of retired 70’s boxer turned pub fight promoter Mick Obrien, while The Bucks Party is a story of wild partying and drunken celebrations which are soured when the groom’s best friend discovers a secret about his mate that could derail the wedding plans.

Mr Hoath is proud of both films, and credits ECU’s Screen Academy for giving him a solid base to launch his film career.

“The WA Screen Academy is a good option for anyone looking to establish a career in the Australian film and television industry,” said Mr Hoath.

Acting Director of the WA Screen Academy, Barbara Connell, said she is thrilled to have four documentaries and six dramas selected.

“Dungog is a highly-regarded festival and it is an honour to have our films shown alongside the nation’s best as it reaffirms our reputation as one of the leading screen training programs in the country.

“We are extraordinarily proud of our students and thrilled that their work is being recognised.”

Dungog’s Screen Programmer, Laura McDonald said the team was blown away by the quality of content submitted from ECU’s WA Screen Academy, with The Bucks Party and Rock n Roll Mud-wrestling two of ten films from ECU selected to screen at this year’s festival.

Mike Hoath also recently received the Young Filmmaker of the Year award, at the 23rd WA Screen Awards in March.

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