Friday, 16 September 2016
A runaway bride. A tragedy-struck surfer. A flamboyant bushranger. These are just some of the characters coming to TV screens across Australia when ECU film students showcase their end of year projects on Channel Nine.
Six short dramas will premiere at the WA Screen Academy gala screening Connections on Thursday, 22 September, hosted by 2010 WAAPA graduate Claire Lovering. They will also be broadcast on Channel Nine in October, with audiences given the chance to vote for their favourite film online.
For many of the students, it will be the nerve-wracking first time they show their films to an audience outside their friends and family. But it will come with an invaluable screen credit for their burgeoning CV.
Produced in and around Perth on very limited budgets, the films nevertheless cover an ambitious rage of genres, including period drama, western, romance and thriller.
WA Screen Academy Director Dr Cathy Henkel said each year the students are assigned a broad concept to explore and this year’s theme of connections can be interpreted in many different ways.
“It can be the emotional connection between people, connection with nature or environment, a problem solving connection, a meeting of minds, or people and ideas connected in a metaphorical sense,” Dr Henkel said.
The six short dramas screening this year are:
The films are the work of the 2016 WA Screen Academy class of producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers and editors.
Each film features Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) 3rd year acting students along with work from WAAPA music composers, costume design and sound students.
Channel Nine has been supporting the WA Screen Academy since 2013. Their sponsorship includes a televised broadcast package of six student films, sponsorship of 14 student awards, and an internship at the station for ‘Student of the Year’.
Dr Henkel said the value to ECU students of Nine Network nurturing their talent is immense.
“ECU is the only training institution in Australia where students can graduate with a broadcast credit on their CV,” she said.
Ray Wardrop, Managing Director of Channel Nine Perth said:
“We are very proud to continue our support of WA Screen Academy. Our sponsorship enables local West Australian screen practitioners to be trained and nurtured in a positive, collaborative environment and creates a sustainable source of industry professionals for the future.
“The quality of training and the standards of excellence at the Screen Academy are second to none and we look forward to the prospect of working with graduates in the future.”
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