Pacing the Pool from producer/director Jay Jay Jegathesan and director/writer Radheya Jegatheva, follows Richard Pace who starts each morning swimming laps in the pool at Beatty Park; a routine he has stuck to for the last 30 years.

Following its premiere as part of the Revelation Film Festival in 2021, Pacing the Pool has won over 30 industry awards and screened at over 130 International Film Festivals including The American Documentary and Animation Film Festival 2022 and the Health for All Film Festival (WHO) 2022.

“The City of Vincent film Project collaboration with Rev has been one the most successful independent production launch pads for local new and emerging screen practitioners WA has seen,” says Revelation Director Richard Sowada. “The 16 short films we’ve funded over the last five years, have shifted the career paths of dozens of local screen artists and combined with other films we’ve funded and produced, it’s employed more than 200 practitioners across the arts. For this film with such limited resources to have such great international resonance, says something about the team, the project and the creative strength of the ideas we’re investing in. It’s something we as a community should be very proud of.”

The only project of its kind in Australia, the City of Vincent Film Project provides $7,000 to filmmakers to produce a non-fiction short (10-min or less) celebrating the unique personalities of the region, spotlighting personal and historical stories as well as affording opportunities to emerging creative filmmaking talents.

The 2023 recipients include –

‘Care To Dance’ from producer Matthew Adams and director Mason Fleming, we follow a group of City of Vincent seniors as they rediscover the joy of dancing in the golden years of their lives.

‘What We Do For Family’ from producer Leslie Hornung and director Jennifer “JP” Piper, this performative/observational hybrid documentary will explore the process and lengths to which queer people must go in order to create a nuclear family.

‘Home Not A House’ from director and producer Alicia Keenan and Carter Kirkland, delves into the housing crisis and its impact on young people trying to survive in the City of Vincent.

An additional project has also been commissioned named ‘The Private Life of a War Memorial,’ about a local landmark with an inspirational story. Anne Chapple, granddaughter of Private Porter and the last living guardian of the memory of ANZAC Cottage reveals the secrets and stories of three generations of women, taking us on a journey through the joys, oddities, troubles and responsibilities of growing up inside a war memorial. This will be produced by Susie Conte, Dawn Farnham and Jenny Crabb.

The films will be screened at a special gala during the annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival at Luna Cinemas Leederville; 12 – 16 July, 2023. ­­­