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Alumni Films Set for BFI Flare Festival in London

Still from ‘Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)’ | Dir. Monica Zanetti

London’s calling these alumni and student-made films bound for the 2020 BFI Flare: LGBTIQ+ Film Festival.

Across features and shorts, the works selected for this year’s program will showcase Australian queer stories by alumni at the biggest LGBTIQ+ festival in Europe. The program is split into the themes ‘Hearts’, ‘Bodies’ and ‘Minds’ which each explore a different facet of the queer experience.

Featuring in the ‘Bodies’ strand is AACTA-nominated audience favourite, Sequin in a Blue Room directed by Samuel Van Grinsven. The 2018 Masters feature has become a festival regular and audience favourite, with recent sell-out appearances at Palm Springs, TIFF Next Wave, Dublin, Mardi Gras Film Festival and Melbourne Queer Film Fest to come.

Having just taken home Mardi Gras Festival’s Best Narrative Feature Award, Monica Zanetti’s Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) will make its way to the festival to screen in the ‘Hearts’ programs. The film features the work of first AD Hattie Archibald, third AD Nicola Macindoe, production designer Jamie Cranney, executive producer Brian Cobb and editor Nicole Thorn.

Behind the scenes of ‘Atomic Love’ | Dir. Imogen McCluskey

Atomic Love directed by 2017 Bachelor of Arts (Screen) grad Imogen McCluskey will have its world premiere at the festival, featuring in the short film programme, ‘Past Imperfect’. The film was shot by cinematographer Lucca Barone-Peters (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2017), who recently collaborated with McCluskey on Sydney Film Festival-selected feature Suburban Wildlife.

Lone Wolf, lensed by Emma Paine (Graduate Diploma in Cinematography, 2010) has been selected for the ‘Wonders of the Universe’ program, while Boldly Go, by director/writer/producer Christopher Cosgrove and a crew mostly made up of 2018 graduates will screen in the ‘Catching Feels’ strand.

BFI Flare will run from 13-29 March. See the full lineup here.

Full list of alumni films at BFI Flare


Sequin in a Blue Room
Director, Screenwriter: Samuel Van Grinsven (Master of Arts Screen, 2018)
Producers: Sophie Hattch (Bachelor of Arts (Screen), 2017), Linus Gibson (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2017)
Cinematographer: Jay Grant (Graduate Certificate in Cinematography Fundamentals, 2014)
Editor: Tim Guthrie (Master of Arts Screen, 2018)
Composer: Brent Williams (Master of Arts Screen, 2016)
Costume designer: William Tran (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2017)

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
First assistant director: Hattie Archibald (Master of Arts Screen, 2018; Graduate Certificate in Directing Fundamentals, 2013)
Executive producer: Brian Cobb (Graduate Diploma in Producing & Screen Business, 2011)
Editor: Nicole Thorn (Graduate Certificate in Editing Drama, 2012)
Production designer: Jamie Cranney (Graduate Diploma in Production Design, 2011)
Third assistant director: Nicola Macindoe (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2018)


Boldy Go
Director/writer/producer: Christopher Cosgrove (Graduate Certificate Screen: Directing 2018)
Music: Jenna Pratt (Graduate Certificate Screen: Music, 2018)
Cinematography: James Anderson (Graduate Certificate Screen: Cinematography, 2018)
Editor: Sam Grammer (Graduate Certificate Screen: Editing, 2018)
Assistant director: Rosanna Scarcella (Graduate Certificate Screen, 2018)
Assistant art director: Micha Bartlett (Graduate Certificate Screen: Directing, 2018)
Assistant camera: Camille Baldassari (Graduate Certificate Screen: Cinematography, 2018; Diploma in Camera, 2017)
Script supervisor: Charlton Lansley (Grad cert screen: Directing, 2018)
Production assistant: Susannah Wolff (Grad Cert Screen: Creative Producing, 2018)

Lone Wolf
Cinematographer: Emma Paine (Graduate Diploma in Cinematography, 2010)

Atomic Love
Writer/Director/Editor: Imogen McCluskey (Bachelor of Arts: Screen 2017)
Cinematographer: Lucca Barone-Peters (Bachelor of Arts: Screen, 2017)
Sound Recording Mix and Design by Stuart Melvey (Master of Arts Screen, 2018)
Stills: Chelsea Thistlewaite (Advanced Diploma in Script Editing and Development, 2018; Graduate Certificate in Cinematography Fundamentals, 2012)