High school animator is inaugural Golden Mesh award winner

December 8, 2016

Rory Dalitz with Professor Sara de Freitas

Rory Dalitz receives the Golden Mesh Award from Professor Sara de Freitas

The inaugural winner of a Murdoch University competition, which rewards and encourages high school students in creative media, has been announced.

Rory Dalitz from All Saints College in Bull Creek was picked from seven category victors as the winner of the Golden Mesh Award, for his witty animated short film entitled ‘Gourmet Grief’.

“I was surprised and honoured to receive the Golden Mesh award and I am grateful to everyone who helped with the film,” said Rory.

His film was selected by a judging panel of academic and industry experts. Former Pixar animator and lecturer in Murdoch’s School of Arts, Simon Allen, described Gourmet Grief as ‘a brilliantly written and crafted animated short’.

The judges said there had been an outstanding number of submissions to the Mesh at Murdoch Awards across all the categories, which included best short story, best persuasive speech and best photographic series.

A still from Gourmet Grief by Rory Dalitz

A still from Gourmet Grief by Rory Dalitz

The competition was open to year 10 and 11 high school students studying across Western Australia.

Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching at Murdoch, Professor Sara de Freitas, said the judges had been delighted by the level of creativity, originality and technical skill demonstrated by the entrants.

“This is a credit to the aptitude of our entrants and the teaching, passion, and support of media teachers and high schools across WA,” she said.

“Murdoch University is extremely excited to foster and celebrate emerging young creatives across the arts.”

The category winners in the Mesh at Murdoch awards were:


BEST DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE TO CAMERA: Sophie Herbert, Mandurah Catholic College, for her emotive performance from The Women of Troy.
BEST SHORT STORY: Jennifer Comrie, Baldivis Secondary College, for her dark and captivating written piece exploring mental illness.
BEST PERSUASIVE ESSAY: Darcy Hillman, Helena College, for his powerful persuasive essay on racial inequality entitled ‘Dear Australia’.
BEST SHORT DRAMATIC FILM: Rory Dalitz, All Saints College, for Gourmet Grief.
BEST AUDIO RECORDED INTERVIEW: Jai Corry, Mandurah Catholic College, for his lively interview of the local member for Mandurah, David Templeman, MLA.
BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES: Alister Killow, St Mark’s Anglican Community School, for his dynamic visual storytelling ability.
BEST VIDEO GAME CHARACTER CONCEPT: Hannah Flavell, John XXIII College, for her character Sonya Wren.

Each category winner received a $50 JB HiFi Voucher and Certificate of Excellence in recognition of their achievement.

As the overall winner, Rory received a $500 Visa Gift Card, and personalised 2016 trophy. His name will also be immortalised on the Golden Mesh Award Winners' plaque in the Media Centre at Murdoch.

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