Graduate Success Stories
Flinders University has many graduates who have gone on to make their mark in the world of film, theatre, TV and digital media. Amongst them is Scott Hicks, who won an Academy Award for his film Shine, and whose recent production The Boys Are Back was filmed in Adelaide and along South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Accomplishments of recent graduates and current students include:
Congratulations to Flinders’ graduates Tegan Harvey (’13 BCA Digital Media) and Cassie Mallett ( ’13 BCA Digital Media; Grad Cert Visual Effects). Their Third Year 2D animation, The Precipice, has been selected as a finalist in the Student Animation category of the AEAF (Australian Animation & Effects Festival) vfxfestival.com
Exhibition opening in Sydney
Current BCA Honours Screen student, Ben Searcy has just opened an exhibition of works as part of the Head On Photo Festival at Gallery Lane Cove in Sydney. Ben’s exhibition includes an 18-minute video, seven-minute audio-visual work and a collection of 150 still images. Ben won the Moran photographic prize in 2007; this new exhibition features work gathered during his trips to San Francisco, New York, Austin, Texas, and New Orleans, where he participated in and filmed open-mic nights. Read more.
Flinders Shines at the South Australian Screen Awards
Flinders staff, students, and graduates were highly visible in the 2014 South Australian Screen Awards - picking up nominations across nearly every category – Best Short Film, Best Feature and Best Comedy.
Flinders graduate, Lewis Costin (BCA ’13) and current student, David Coyle (BCA) were nominated in seven categories of the Screen and Craft Awards for the BCA Honours Screen graduation film, Enfilade. They were represented in categories for Best Short Film, Best Drama, Best Performance, Best Cinematographer, Best Director, Best Editor, and Best Production Design.
Flinders Screen and Media Lecturer, Dr Matt Hawkins (PhD ’13), and Flinders Creations Producer, Dr Tom Young (PhD ’13), received nominations for Best Short Film, Best Comedy, Best Director, and Best Writer for their film Love 2.0. Dave Raftery (BCA Hons ’09, MCA ’11), from Flinders Partners/Flinders Creations, was also honoured with a nomination in the Best Editor category. Young Hearts, a film by Flinders graduates Tim Hodgson (BCA ’13) and Jake Zappia (BCA ’13), was nominated for Best Comedy.
Three of the five nominations in the Best Production Design category were Flinders students or graduates: Hannah Sitters, Annalisa Francesca (2010), Lewis Costin and David Coyle, and three of the six nominations in the Best Cinematographer and Best Editor categories went to Flinders graduates Nima Nabili Rad (BCA Hons ’05), Andrew IIicic (BCA ’13), Vivyan Madigan (BCA ’09), Daniel Principe (BCA Hons ’03), Lewis Costin and Dave Raftery.
Pale Blue Dot picked up two awards, with Nima Nabili Rad winning the cinematography award and director Aaron Schuppan (BA ’05) the Best Drama award.
52 Tuesdays, the Closer Productions film by former students Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason (BSc ’89), Matt Cormack (BA ’97), and Bec Summerton (BA ’98), won Best Feature in this year’s Awards. Filmed over 52 consecutive Tuesdays in Adelaide, 52 Tuesdays has already won several overseas accolades, including a Crystal Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival and best director (in world cinematic drama) at 2014 Sundance Film Festival .
Wastelander Panda, a futuristic fantasy series written, directed and produced by graduates Victoria Cocks (BCA ’10) and Kirsty Stark (BCA Hons ’08) received four nominations including Best Web Series, Best Cinematographer, Best Production Design and Best Sound Design.
The high number of nominations in both the Screen and Craft Awards reflects the significant impact that Flinders staff, students and graduates are making in local and national filmmaking and production and the remarkable breadth of talent in our students and graduates. Read more here .
Congratulations to Flinders University BCA Digital Media Graduate, Sam Faulkner, who, with his business partner, Jason Smith, won a prestigious Channel 9 Young Achiever Award. Sam & Jason’s company, ALL MY I.T. has received critical recognition with the 2014 Hostworks Online Achievement Award. For more information visit Awards Australia . Sam was among the first Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts graduates in Digital Media and we celebrate his continued success.
- Congratulations to Flinders University BCA Digital Media Graduate, Sam Faulkner, who, with his business partner, Jason Smith, won a prestigious Channel 9 Young Achiever Award. Sam & Jason’s company, ALL MY I.T. has received critical recognition with the 2014 Hostworks Online Achievement Award. For more information visit Awards Australia . Sam was among the first Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts graduates in Digital Media and we celebrate his continued success.
- Granaz Moussouvi (Screen Honours, 2003) directed the feature film My Tehran for Sale, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Adelaide Film Festival. Granaz is one of a growing band of Flinders Screen graduates who have gone on to further study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS): among them are writer-director Amy Gebhardt (Screen Honours,1998), director Hugh Sullivan (Screen Honours 2002), cinematographer Craig Jackson (Screen Honours, 2000), sound designers James Bagley and Belinda Trimboli (BCA 2005) (Screen Honours, 2001).
- Flinders staff, students and graduates are very involved with the Australian Cinematographers Society and serve on the committee. In 2014, the MRC ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD to a Promising Young Filmmaker was won by Jordan Agutter for The Crane Wife. In 2013, the Cliff Ellis Award to a promising young Cinematographer went to Michael Tessari for Isis.
- In 2008, Simone Mazengarb (BCA Honours, 2007) was recognised as the Best Australian Woman Cinematographer at the 15th annual World of Women Film Festival as the Director of Photography for Hair Today Gone Tomorrow, a student film she shot at Flinders.
- In the 2010 South Australian Screen Award Nominations, 32 of the 61 nominees for awards are Flinders graduates. The 2006 Qantas Spirit of Youth (SOYA) Moving Pictures award went to Hugh Sullivan, while Caitlin Hall (BCA Honours, 2004) had her film, Songs for Running Away selected for Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
- Current BCA Honours student Chris Kellett will have his Flinders Honours film Priya , a Bollywood style romance about Australian Indian friendship, screened on Mumbai-based Zee TV channel, which broadcasts to a potential audience of more than 100 million people in Europe, the Middle East Asia and North America. Chris’ commercial success follows in the footsteps of Dario Russo, whose Honours project, a parody trailer for Italian Spiderman, has had over three million hits on YouTube, and has spawned a series of ten internet films. Flinders graduates Holly Owen (Screen Honours, 2001) Dylan Henderson (BCA Screen Honours, 2004) and Hugh Sullivan directed three of the four Mini Series of short films for mobile phones produced for the ABC.
- In 2009, third-year student Brad Wesson won second place in the international “Games on the Go” competition run by computer giant Intel for his computer game concept, GermiNation. Brad, who is already working for games company Holopoint, is one of a team of Digital Media students developing a fully functioning high quality game that will run on the XBox Arcade, with Flinders branding, for release later this year.
- Flinders graduates are strongly represented at the South Australian Film Corporation. Project Managers and Officers at the SAFC include:
Kath McIntyre – Flinders University BA Hons Screen 2007
Rebecca Summerton – Flinders University BA Screen 1997
Kate Jarrett – Flinders University BA Screen ex student
Sandy Lepore – Flinders University BA Hons Drama 1993
Andrada Tudor – Flinders University BCA Hons Screen 2006
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