Students showcase films at Dendy Cinemas


Notre Dame film students at the Fourth Annual Screen Showcase at Dendy Cinemas.

30 November 2017

Films written and produced entirely by students from The University of Notre Dame Australia were showcased on 28 November 2017 at the iconic Sydney cinema, the Dendy, Newtown for the 4th annual Notre Dame Screen Showcase.

The evening saw budding filmmakers from the School of Arts & Sciences in Sydney celebrate their work, with a selection of the best short fiction and documentary films being shown on the big screen.

Rikki Clark’s film Whisky took out the award for Best Fiction Film on the night. Alexandra Rafael picked up the Best Cinematography award for Suspicious Minds and graduating student, Alexandra Smith, won the Best Documentary Film award for her work on An Equal Voice.

Third year film and screen production student Rikki Clark said she enjoyed the creative freedom that came with writing and directing. “The process of creating a world around which your characters exists is a lot of fun,” she said. “I definitely left the Dendy feeling inspired and ready to start thinking up new projects.”

Alexandra Rafael, third year screen production and journalism student, said working on the cinematography for Suspicious Minds was a welcomed challenge. “Seeing the film on the big screen for the first time was a unique experience. I felt a sense of pride in having accomplished it, knowing the process to get the film to that point was due to the extraordinary effort by my crew working as a team,” she said.

After winning the award for directing the Best Documentary film, graduating film and screen production student, Alexandra Smith, said the experience was incredibly challenging and extremely fulfilling. “Seeing An Equal Voice on the big screen was unreal. I look forward to doing it again soon,” she said.

Sara Pinto, Notre Dame Communications Lab Co-ordinator for Film & Screen Production, said the showcase at The Dendy is a great incentive for students to give their absolute best.

“The showcase is incredibly beneficial for our students as it gives them a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labour, watching their films at a popular local independent cinema with their family, friends and fellow students,” said Sara.

“I received a lot of great feedback from those who attended about the quality of the films showcased and that they were very impressed by the standard of our student productions.”


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