Cinéma des Antipodes

Still from The Last Match featuring a wrestler winning a match Still from AFTRS student film 'The Last Match'

May 2 2012

We are delighted to share the news that Bernard Bories, the director of Cinéma des Antipodes (the organisation that screens and supports Australian & New Zealand films in France) will be presenting a special AFTRS program during the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Bernard has run a series of screenings for many years at Cannes, and Australian and New Zealand are the only two countries to be honoured with a regular spot at this event.

Cinéma des Antipodes is a free, non-competitive program for the general public, that runs parallel to the other events and competitions at Cannes. This year there will be a dedicated session for AFTRS comprised of the following student films:

  • Moth: Written by Alana Valentine & Meryl Tankard (Directing), Directed by Meryl Tankard
  • Playground: Written & directed by Ricardo Skaff (Directing)
  • Emily: Written & directed by Ben Mathews (Directing)
  • Inferno: Written & directed by Stephen McCallum (Directing)
  • The Last Match: Written by Tom Keele & Julian Shaw (Directing), Directed by Julian Shaw
  • The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock: Written & directed by Lucy Gaffy (Directing)

Congratulations to those selected and to all the AFTRS alumni who were part of bringing these shorts to life.

Plus we just got word in that Justin Davies (MA Producing, 2006) who has been living and working for the BBC in London for many years now has seen three productions he produced nominated for British Academy Television Awards which will be presented at Royal Festival Hall on May 27

The nominations are:

Psychoville (production team; BBC/BBC Online) in the New media category

- Jennifer Saunders earns her first BAFTA nomination since 1992 for her role in BBC1's Absolutely Fabulouswhich Justin produced

- Olivia Colman and Hugh Bonneville are both nominated for best performance in a comedy programme forTwenty Twelve (BBC4) also produced by Justin

The Slap produced and directed by a swag of AFTRS alumni including the likes of Tony Ayres (Screenwriting, 1990) and Robert Connolly (BA Producing, 1995) is also nominated in the International category up against two Danish crime shows, The Killing and political thriller Borgen and US comedy Modern Family.

Good luck to Justin and the Matchbox Pictures team...

and BRILLIANT news came in on Wednesday morning May 2:

It was a cliffhanger, but The Sapphires made it to Cannes!

Based on the true story of an indigenous girl band singing Motown classics The Sapphires was confirmed as part of the official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival - one of seven films added late to the festival - in the midnight screenings section of the official selection.

The Sapphires is the only Australian feature film selected for this year's festival and is AFTRS Alumnus Wayne Blair's directorial debut.

The film will premiere at Cannes on May 19 and Hopscotch plans to release the film here in August.

A great week and congratutations to Wayne Blair, the team at Goal Post Pictures and the following AFTRS alumni

· Warwick Thornton - Cinematography (BA Cinematography, 1996)

· Melinda Doring - Production Design (MA Production Design, 1998)

· Sue Kerr - Boom Swinger (Sound,1983)

· Bronwyn Murphy - Dialogue Editor (Graduate Diploma Sound, 1983)

· Jared Dwyer - Assistant Sound Editor (MA Sound, 2007)

· Tara Webb - Sound Attachment (Graduate Diploma Sound, 2011)

· Megan Wedge - Atmos Editor (MA Sound, 2004)

· Cornel Ozies - Camera attachment (Graduate Diploma Cinematography, 2011)


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.