Lights, camera, action!

22 November 2019

Future filmmakers from The University of Notre Dame Australia will take over the silver screen at Dendy Newtown.

On Tuesday 26th November, film students from Notre Dame’s School of Arts and Sciences, Sydney, will come together at Dendy Cinemas in Newtown to showcase a selection of short dramas and documentary films they have produced throughout the year.

“The Notre Dame Screen Showcase, now in its sixth year, is truly going form strength to strength and is a great way for students to celebrate the end of the filmmaking year,” says Marco Ianniello, Discipline Head for Film & Screen Production on the Sydney Campus. ”For our graduating students in Film and Screen, having their final films shown to the public on the big screen is a culmination of three years of study. It is truly rewarding and exciting for students to see their work go from the page to the big screen.”

Nine films will be screened in total, including an 11-minute comedy titled If You Show Me Yours, which was produced by an all-female crew. Written and directed by third-year student Sophia Bryant, who is completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Media & Communications, If You Show Me Yours is a coming of age story that centres on a young girl trying to make it through those awkward teenage years when the idea of boys and relationships couldn’t be more intimidating. “It’s all about that innocence, the naivety of youth and the awkwardness of being vulnerable with someone,” says Sophia.

Sophia is excited to watch the film on the big screen alongside her classmates, saying “The entire crew worked so hard to get this from a script to a film – and you can’t do it without an amazing team so it will be great to have everyone there.” She also hopes to get a few laughs from the audience.

“It’s not necessarily a ‘crack-up slapstick’ film but it’s a relatable humour so I’m expecting a few awkward chuckles on the night. I want people to come out of it and feel like it was telling the truth… It’s about being vulnerable at that age and opening up; growing up.”

In conceptualising the film, which took four days to shoot, Sophia and the crew wanted to create an authentic Australian story. “We didn’t want it to feel like we were trying to be some B-grade quirky Hollywood teen film,” she says. To this end, it was shot with a subtle bush backdrop in the Northern Beaches and features music by emerging Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Ruby Fields.

Sophia hopes to pursue directing in future and says making the short film has been a valuable learning experience, but her favourite part of the process has been seeing it slowly come to life. “After I had written the first draft and my screenwriting class read it aloud, it was great hearing people laugh and realising people connected with the story. Then when we first started filming I saw the shots come together and the characters come to life and started really feeling it.

If You Show Me Yours stars Jonty Mallet (a Notre Dame nursing student) and Katherine Porritt-Fraser. It was produced by Emma Kohen, edited by Suz Petry, shot by Andie Pettersen and with sound design by Erin Hunt and production design by Grace Gilpin.

To attend the 6th Annual NDA Screen Showcase, get your tickets here.


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