Reel Australia 2011/2012 Winners
Congratulations to the Junior, Open and Mobile winners of the 2012 Reel Australia Short Film Competition. You have all made your mark on Australia.
The Sum of Our Parts by Nicholas Ryan NSW
When asked the question ‘What makes a mark on my Australia?' it may do an injustice to our nation and its people to narrow an answer to just one person or thing. This film sincerely expresses the significance (and fun) of viewing Australia as the sum of its parts.
Since the dawn of time, the people of this island continent have made invaluable contributions to not only its own inhabitants, but also to the world at large. This is particularly evident in the important achievements Australia has made which have influenced humanity on a global scale.
Our proud national identity is formed by its people – the people we see at the local shops, the people who represent us at sporting events, the people who portray our culture on stage and screen, and the people who migrate here and bring their own unique ideas and culture to enrich ours.
Commenting on Nicholas’ winning entry, Kate Ritchie said:
‘The Sum Of Our Parts’ was cleverly written to include the 'sum of all the country's parts' and asks us to consider them in all their glory. As a fellow actor/presenter I was impressed with his great memory for dialogue or clever use of cue cards.
The execution of the script has a wonderful energetic pace. The words frantically bubbling along keeping us entertained and even educated – did we really invent the notepad and cask wine?
All these feelings inspired me to know more and to consider for myself. Nicolas covered the theme in a unique way. He wasn't telling me what has made its mark on his or my Australia. He was engaging me, asking me to think for myself whilst throwing around a hundred or two suggestions! The Sum Of Our Parts ticked every box for me.
Sandra Bates commented:
‘What a joyous short film this is, Nicholas's love of life and delight in being Australian shines throughout. He has done a vast amount of research and to get all this into this little gem of a film all in 2 minutes is a miracle.’
The amazing wildlife in Australia by Rafi Gordon NSW
I started of by doing my storybord to doing the filming and then editing with my mum. My film is about wildlife in Australia and how people give up there time to save it. But I love wildlife and I don’t want the wildlife to die. Rafi age 7
Commenting on Rafi’s winning entry, Kate Ritchie said:
‘Not only does Rafi express a childlike fascination for wildlife, as he should at the tender age of 7, he also shows an educated maturity with his concern for the existence of it and its need for conservation. He shows a consideration and appreciation for the environment around him. The environment that influences his interest in the world in which he lives and one that makes its mark on his young life day to day.
Personally, as an adult I enjoy seeing a young Aussie kid outside, free to explore Mother Nature and being inspired enough by it to create a short film. The soundtrack is energetic and his voice over is clear, informative and at times, fun.’
Sandra Bates commented:
‘It is hard to believe Rafi is only seven years old – his film shows extraordinary maturity, well thought out with a good beginning and great development throughout with his obvious passion for wildlife shining through.
The penultimate scene showing a wildlife carer brought the ‘Make Your Mark’ Australia Day theme home very clearly, and the final running down towards the beach and back with voice over was delightful.
It brought a tear to my eye, makes you feel very confident about the future of Australia.’
Our Backyard by Jeremy Krause NSW
What makes a mark on my Australia is our backyard. There’s nothing like getting home from school and having a bowl of Weet-Bix or a Vegemite sandwich and relaxing in your own backyard. The Aussie backyard is a place of fresh air and sunshine where you can have a game of backyard cricket. You can grow a nice garden or even your own veges and entertain family and friends. Best of all, at the end of the day you can relax with a snag on the barbie.
On Jeremy's winning video, The Australia Day Council of NSW judging panel commented:
'Jeremy has done a fantastic job capturing this fun mobile video tour of what Makes a Mark on his Australia - his family backyard. It's a video we're sure many Aussies can relate to. Great to see Jeremy's family featured too!'