Slamdance Success

Jan 13 2016

Wonderful news to start the New Year! As the feature length documentary Dead Hands Dig Deep made by a group of current AFTRS BA (Screen) students and alumni outside of school--about heavy metal musician Edwin Borsheim of the band Kettle Cadaver--was selected to premiere at the edgy and cool 2016 Slamdance Film Festival in the US.  

Congratulations to:

  • Director: Jai Love La Pan (current BA student and Foundation Diploma graduate)
  • Cinematography: Hazal Alakus (Foundation Diploma graduate)
  • Editing: Conlan Mackenzie (Current BA Screen student and Foundation Diploma graduate)
  • Assistant Editor: Parish Malfitano (Current BA Screen student and Foundation Diploma graduate)
  • Assistant Editor: Victoria Thompson (Current BA Screen student)

Dead Hands Dig Deep screens  January 22 and January 27 at Slamdance, a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking self governed by filmmakers for filmmakers.

Post Script Update: February 2.

Helen Barlow writing for the SBS movie blog, published on Feb 1, 2016 writes:

"AFTRS student Jai Love's 'Dead Hands Dig Deep' is making waves at Sundance" and " I am convinced Love is a huge talent, possessing a bookish knowledge of  movies, a huge empathy for his subjects and an edgy youthful perspective that could inject a new kind of energy into Australian cinema."

 We are loving it.


Image attribution: Still from Dead Hands Dig Deep. Image sourced from YouTube.


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