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World Premieres for AFTRS Student and Alumni Films at Adelaide Film Festival

AFTRS Master of Arts Screen film Reunion, directed by Gilbert Kemp Attrill, will screen to audiences for the first time at Adelaide Film Festival, alongside several other films showcasing the work of AFTRS alumni set to premiere. Between 19 and 30 October, the annual festival will bring over 120 films from more than 40 countries—22 of those being world premieres—to theatres and venues across Adelaide, along with a series of talks and special events.

Completed as part of the Master of Arts Screen studies in 2021, Reunion was made by a crew comprising mostly of AFTRS graduates including writer/director Kemp Attrill, writer Gerard Dewhurst, producer Charles Olsen, cinematographer Hamish Gregory, editor Sam Grammer and composer Lena Matienko.

Reunion follows a lovesick young man who reunites with his oblivious long-distance boyfriend on a whirlwind summer holiday. His reality and expectations collide, and he must search for what he needs within himself.  Fellow alumni Simon Croker stars in the film, alongside Zoran Jevtic, Ariadne Sgouros and Sam Marques.

Several films featuring the work of AFTRS alumni are also set to premiere. Madeleine Parry’s The Angels: Kickin’ Down The Door, featuring sound effects editing by AFTRS alum Alicia Slusarski, will have its world premiere as part of AFF’s special Opening Night Gala. Several features will make their debut as part of the AFF Investment Fund: Rolf De Heer’s The Survival of Kindness, You Can Go Now, directed by Larissa Behrendt and executive produced by Paul Wiegard; Jolyon Hoff’s Watandar: My Countryman; Talk To Me, featuring production design by alum Bethany Ryan; and Monolith, with editing by Tania Nehme, original music by Benjamin Speed and production design by Jonah Booth-Remmers.

Festival-goers will also be able to catch plenty of titles that have been attracting audiences at major festivals across the globe. See the full program and get tickets here.



Reunion (world premiere)
Director: Gilbert Kemp Attrill (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)
Writers: Gerard Dewhurst, Gilbert Kemp Attrill (Master of Arts Screen, 2021; Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting: Series Television, 2018)
Producer: Charles Olsen (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)
Cinematographer: Hamish Gregory (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)
Production/costume designer: Sharna Graham
Editor: Sam Grammer (Graduate Certificate Screen: Editing, 2018)
Composer: Lena Matienko (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)
Sound supervisor: Andrew Dean (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)
Casting director: Keziah Morgan
Intimacy coordinator: Nigel Poulton
Sound recordist: Rose Mulcare
Boom operator: Sean Doyle (Master of Arts Screen, 2020), Sam Walker (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2020)
Continuity: Harald Hummerston (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)
First assistant camera: Ben Robinson
Second assistant camera: Dillon Mak (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2021)
Steadicam operator: Ginski Jermolajew
First assistant director: Peter Skinner (Master of Arts Screen, 2019; Graduate Diploma in Directing, 2013)
Second assistant directors: Sophie Serisier (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2021), Emily Mitchell (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2021)
Production assistants: Suzanna Steele, Holly Trenaman (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2020), Angelina Tsinganos Cortazzo (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2021), Rachel Frankenbach, Lachlan Macmahon (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2021), Madeleine Jurd, Lisa Polizzi
Grip: Tony Bosch, Chris Davies
Gaffer: Josh Wiggins
Best person: Kumar Sambhav Gupta, Rachel Gammel (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2020)
Grip assistants: Felix Kneebone, Willow Driver (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2021), James Bartlett
Standby props: Isabel Macmaster
Hair and makeup artist: Melinda Allan
WHS risk assessment: Roger Graham
COVID-Safe supervisor: Sarah Vaughan
Colourist: Ian Tyley (Master of Arts Screen, 2020)
Original songs mixer: Sean Carey
Foley artist: Sean Doyle (Master of Arts Screen, 2020)
Re-recording mixer: Andrew Dean
Music recording and mix engineer: Greg Wise (Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Screen Composition, 2005)
Musicians: Lena Matienko, Benjamin Adler
Stills photographer: Ven Gialouris (Master of Arts Screen, 2021)

Opening Night Gala: The Angels: Kickin’ Down The Door
(Dir. Madeleine Parry)
Sound effects editor: Alicia Slusarski (AFTRS Certificate, 1991)


Talk To Me
(Dir. Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou)
Production designer: Bethany Ryan (Graduate Diploma in Production Design, 2012)

The Survival of Kindness
Director: Rolf De Heer

You Can Go Now
Director: Larissa Behrendt (world premiere)
Executive producer: Paul Wiegard

(dir. Matt Vesely)
Editor: Tania Nehme (AFTRS Certificate, 1990)
Composer: Benjamin Speed (Graduate Diploma: Film and Television – Screen Composition, 2008)
Production designer: Jonah Booth-Remmers (Graduate Certificate: 3D Animation, 2009)

Watandar: My Countryman
Director: Jolyon Hoff (Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Documentary, 2007)