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Wesley On (the small) Screen

'Mind the Gap' by Year 12 student Tassia Paterson

The pandemic saw to it that instead of the usual big screen splash, St Kilda Road’s annual Wesley On Screen event premiered with a YouTube live-stream to the small screen at home, but the energy and creativity of our VCE Media Studies students loomed just as large… and the audience got to eat home-cooked popcorn.

Media Studies teacher Alex Maunder was impressed with the students’ adaptability. ‘Despite their production period being so heavily impacted by COVID-19 through both Stage 3 and 4 lockdowns, every student displayed immensely creative resilience, working within the parameters without compromising quality,’ he said.

'Solace' by Year 11 student Lazar Feldman on the small screen

From Sally Feferkranz’s Contract Killer with its unexpected twist, to Ashley Reid’s Imperfect Annihilation with objects being destroyed to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons,’ to Tassia Paterson’s Mind the Gap with its sensitive portrayal of relationship breakdown, the 21 films showcased the vitality and inventiveness with which the students are embracing their chosen craft.

Alex’s colleague Karissa Roberson is ‘incredibly proud’ of what the students achieved. ‘They worked incredibly hard to produce a variety of very personal productions, which reflected their own personality and interests. We feel very lucky that our students allowed us a look into their lives in a year where the feeling of isolation is so prevalent,’ she said.

In a year like no other, our young film makers rose to the challenge of producing films with commitment, dedication and, most importantly, resilience.

'Imperfect Annihilation' by Year 11 student Ashley Reid
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