Law students turn up the heat to win film competition

The Dream Team from Sydney’s School of Law: Nikita Vidyaev, Law Lecturer Robert Pelletier, Ben O’Sullivan, Molly-Anne Clarke, Bella Noon, and Ray Waterhouse.

11 September 2015

A legal dream team from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law, Sydney Campus, has won first prize in the prestigious Oxford University Press "Connecting with Law" short film competition.

Beating entries from tertiary institutions across the nation the winning entry, filmed by students on budget, on time and on an iPhone, documented a case summary of Chester v Waverly Municipal Council which dealt with the modern law of negligence.

The idea was developed by Sydney Law students Molly-Anne Clarke, Ray Waterhouse, Nikita Vidyaev, Bella Noon and Ben O’Sullivan, in conjunction with Law Lecturer, Robert Pelletier. Entries were judged on their ability to prepare a case note, originality and creativity, and how well the film educates and engages students with the law.

“It was an amazing bonding and creative experience, in understanding and applying case law,” Ray Waterhouse said. “We are extremely proud of this win and I believe it will create a tradition at Notre Dame that future students can build on.”

Mr Pelletier said the idea was to breathe some life into law by giving students the opportunity to be creative in their response to the law. “It has been a brilliant learning experience and an opportunity for students to use their talents as actors, producers and film makers to put together a quality product and they are all to be congratulated,” he said.

Mr Waterhouse said it was about creating something that hadn’t been done before. “We wanted to put something together to create a tradition that will live on,” he said.

Dean of the School of Law, Michael Quinlan said the winning film was a demonstration of the remarkable skills possessed by the Notre Dame School of Law community.

“Studying law involves a lot of hard work and attention to detail. Our students join us from a range of backgrounds and bring with them a wide variety of skills. The Oxford University Press film competition is a great opportunity for students to showcase their abilities and combine the law with film,” Professor Quinlan said.

Mr Waterhouse said $1,500 prize money for the 4.32 minute winning entry would be donated to the Law School Student Association. “We hope to start a tradition to encourage Notre Dame Law students to participate in the film competition annually,” he said.

To view Notre Dame’s winning entry go to:

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