Vincent in the spotlight

L to R: Filmmakers Jay Jay Jegathesan, Maria Elena Amatulli, Radheya Jegatheva, Mel Branson, Lewis Potts, Jennifer Jamieson, Justice Goodrick. Photo by Steve Worner

THREE new short documentaries about Vincent are in the pipeline for the 2021 City of Vincent film project.

Partnering up with Revelation Perth International Film Festival, the docos will be screened at the upcoming RPIFF at Luna Leederville in July.

This year the funding’s increased from $5,000 for each project to $7,000.

The filmmakers are in the early stages of their careers and they’ll be tutored by seasoned figures in the industry.

This year’s films are: There is no Stopping US: The story of our local radio station RTRFM that’s been broadcasting 24/7 for years.

Mel Branson, Lewis Potts and Maria Elena Amatulli tackle the question: What happens when the station goes into lockdown?

Pacing the Pool: Filmmakers Jay Jay Jegathesan, Radheya Jegatheva, Jenina David and Justice Goodrick tell the story of Richard Pace, who for the past 30 years has started each morning swimming laps at Beatty Park.

We Had Mail: Jennifer Jamieson and Rebecca Riggs-Bennett’s film is a celebration of Vincent letterboxes, from the humble to the grand, but all of them becoming ever more vestigial

Vincent Mayor Emma Cole says “we have a wealth of local talent and so many interesting stories in our community.

“What better way to share these stories and unearth the film talent of the future than through quality documentaries?”

“Past participants in the film project have gone on to win international accolades for their work. We are very proud to have helped so many emerging filmmakers realise their dreams of having their work broadcast on a local level and beyond.”

Raising Joey, one of the 2020 films about local photographer Alex Cearns and raising orphan kangaroos, was recently accepted into the Venice Shorts Film Festival.

And 2019’s The Throwback, about the now-closed Network Video Mount Hawthorn, won the grand prize at the 2019 Canada Shorts film festival. 

By DAVID BELL

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