Student film to feature in prestigious festival

May 9, 2013

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Emerging filmmakers from Murdoch University’s Graduate Screen Program have hit the jackpot with their short film Eleven Thirty chosen to screen at the 2013 St Kilda Film Festival.

The film tells the story of a six-year-old girl, Jessie, who struggles to keep her family together when her father takes a job far from their home in remote Western Australia.

Scripted by screenwriting student Meredith Lindsay, Eleven Thirty will be shown at the Astor Theatre in St Kilda on May 26.

Academic Chair of the Graduate Screen Program Melanie Rodriga, who was the executive producer on the film, said as part of the innovative program the students worked alongside industry professionals in key roles.

“It was their first experience working on a professional film set,” Ms Rodriga said.

“Filming took place over a week in 2012 and the entire film took six months to complete.”

Award winning cinematographer Denson Baker ACS, best known for his work on feature films Oranges and Sunshine and The Black Balloon, mentored students during the shoot at the South Street campus.

Leading production designer Herbert Pinter helped the students to dress the set for the film, while documentary and feature film editor Beckett Broda advised them on editing aspects.

Internationally experienced film and documentary maker Rebecca Ciallella directed the film and Miranda Edmonds, the talented producer and director of Cottesloe Films, worked as the producer.

The remaining crew positions were filled by the fourth and fifth-year students enrolled in the production program, as well as by recent graduates starting out in the local industry.

The St Kilda Film Festival is Australia’s biggest and oldest short film festival and this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Each year, the top 100 short films are chosen to screen at the festival, with $10,000 in prize money awarded to the best short film.

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