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ECU film making students take Australian film festival by storm

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


Edith Cowan University (ECU) film making students from the WA Screen Academy have taken The Dungog Film Festival by storm with ten of their films being selected to screen at this years’ event.

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.

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 MacDonald, said the Dungog team was sincerely blown away by the quality of content submitted by ECU’s WA Screen Academy.

Last year the festival attracted more than 6,000 film lovers with screenings of independent features, short films, forums and readings of new scripts.

The selected films from the WA Screen Academy include the following:

Pig Skin – an innovative collaboration between ECU’s Aboriginal Theatre Program and the WA Screen Academy.  Written by Ceiwen Langley, directed by Simon Larkins and produced by Jules Fortune.

Trolley Boys - written by Kazimir Sas, directed by Ngaire O’Leary and produced by Claudia J. Rondon. The film also features Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) actor Felix Jozeps.

Hidden Clouds - written by Hugo Belviso, directed by Michael McCall and produced by Cal Nichols. WAAPA graduates, Chantelle Jamieson and Hannah Greenwood perform the lead roles.

Stuffed - written by Magdalena Wozniak, who was recently awarded ‘Best Screen Play’ at the WA Screen awards. Directed by Oyvind Opshaug and produced by Alex Giles, the film features a cast of WAAPA graduates including Jennifer White, Shannon Rae, Adele Querol and Lizzie Schebesta.

Sorrento - written by Ceinwen Langley, directed by Simon Larkins and produced by Sophie Mathewson. Features cast from WAAPA including, Matt Levett, Megan Holloway and Scott Sheridan.

The Bucks Party - written and directed by Mike Hoath, who recently was awarded ‘Young Filmmaker of the Year’ at the WA Screen Awards. The film was produced by Freya Brueschke.

Four documentaries will also screen at the festival, including; The Bubbleologist, written and produced by Kazmir Sas, directed by Oyvind Opshaug; Rock’n Roll Mudwrestling, written and directed by Mike Hoath, produced by Alex Giles; Back to Burlesque, written by Ceinwen Langley, produced by Alex Giles and directed by Michael McCall, and Living Colour, written and produced by Freya Brueschke and directed by Eva Ramdhor.


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