Student films cross borders at Gala premiere

September 12, 2019

Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) emerging filmmakers are exploring the world of stand-up comedy, dealing with dementia, and the consequences for naughty children when Santa becomes unhinged.
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Student films cross borders at Gala premiere

Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) emerging filmmakers are exploring the world of stand-up comedy, dealing with dementia, and the consequences for naughty children when Santa becomes unhinged.

These ambitious films are among six short dramas premiering at the WA Screen Academy Gala: Crossing Borders, hosted by WAAPA graduate Megan Hajjar (Breath, The Naked Wanderer, Harrow) on Thursday, 26 September at Luna Cinemas, Leederville.

The films will also screen on Channel Nine in October and at various film festivals.

WA Screen Academy Director Dr Cathy Henkel said over the past two years, WA Screen Academy films have enjoyed increasing success on the festival circuit.

“Our films were selected in 28 festivals in the past year, with 41 award nominations and 18 wins,” Dr Henkel said.

“The films have screened at 11 national and six international festivals, including the prestigious Oscar qualifying, St Kilda and Flickerfest Film Festivals, and festivals in Berlin, Paris, Niagra Falls, Singapore as well as the iconic Roswell Sci Fi Film Festival,” she said.

Dr Henkel said the quality of student work at the WA Screen Academy is significantly enabled by the calibre of industry practitioners who enrich the student experience as guests, tutors and mentors.

“For the past five years, the Nine Network has also sponsored the WA Screen Academy Gala event, and we’re extremely proud and appreciative of this partnership,” Dr Henkel said.

“This support means the short dramas can reach a wide audience through a televised program of the Gala films, red carpet arrivals and award presentations on Nine Perth and the 9Now streaming platform, as well as audiences being able to vote for their favourite film,” she said.

2019 Films

Funny That – An amateur stand-up comedian who dreams of making it big, begins to spiral when he discovers his girlfriend is funnier than him.

Hy_Brain – A women’s search for love in a technological future has dire consequences.

Ghosted – After the disappearance of her boyfriend, a young woman begins to question her own sanity.  [pictured]

St Nick – Holly, an eager elf on her first Christmas assignment, discovers Santa is not who she thinks he is.

The Docks – A dockworker is given a chance at redemption when a woman from his past appears one night with a request to be smuggled onto a ship back to South Africa

Sundown – A young man confronted with his grandmother’s dementia must choose to support her or continue living in denial.

The films premiering at the WA Screen Academy Gala: Crossing Borders are created by the 2019 WA Screen Academy class of writers, producers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers and editors. They feature Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) 3rd year acting students on screen as well as the work of music composers, costume designers and sound students.