Amanda may be a relatively recent graduate of Notre Dame’s School of Arts & Sciences, but her list of credits in film and television reads more like the resume of an industry veteran.
As a third year student, Amanda pursued an opportunity to gain work experience on the ABC iView series, Almost Midnight—a comedy filmed in Adelaide about a lonely protagonist, Dave, searching for love—opening the door to a promising career in the industry.
The contacts I made during work experience were invaluable. They led directly to my first real job as a Showrunner Assistant on The Heights, an ABC television drama filmed in Perth.
“It explores the complex relationships of residents in an inner city social housing tower as the area gentrifies around them,” says Amanda who graduated with a degree in Communications & Media.
Next came the chance to work on the made-in-WA film, I Met a Girl, starring Brenton Thwaites, of Pirates of the Caribbean-fame, as a musician with schizophrenia who falls in love with a girl who may be a figment of his imagination.
This was followed by a new series for children, Itch, an action adventure kids series filmed on location in Albany, about a boy who discovers a mysterious new elemental substance and must go on the run to protect it.
My internship was a springboard into a place in my career I was not expecting to be in for years, let alone almost immediately after graduation! WA has just hit an unprecedented boom in the film and television industry. I count myself as one of the lucky ones to be benefiting from it this early in my career.