WEMBLEY DIRECTOR’S FILM AWARD WINNING
A “GENRE” film has earned WA Screen Academy students Michael Boyle and Mason Fleming a slew of awards.
The creative pair, who met for the first time earlier this year, hit it off immediately and bonded over a mutual desire to make something unexpected.
Their short film, Quartermaine, premiered with five others last week at a gala and received awards for producing, directing, acting, sound design and music composition.
Mr Fleming, a Wembley resident who directed the project, based the story on a 1930s’ article about WA bushrangers he found online.
“The western idea came from my pitch; I wanted to make a genre film,” he said. “I feel in WA we only make “cry for me” dramas, and I wanted to make something that was good fun, and what better genre than a western.
“I was just googling like crazy all these things that happened in WA that could be an amazing story and I found an article from 1937 about bushrangers in WA.
“And as I was reading the article, a few months before I started at the academy, I was just wrapped up in it; it was like a fable.”
Mr Boyle, who produced the short film, said the academy allowed them the opportunity to think outside the box and take risks.
“We are given the opportunity to get, not so much experimental, but you can do stuff like a western genre and take risks because they will let you do that if your story and team have the merit,” he said.
“Out in the industry you have to go through all the application processes for funding and often they might look at the genre and if it’s not a big genre at the moment, they get squashed out before they’re even given a chance to fly.”
WA Screen Academy director Dr Cathy Henkel said each year the students were assigned a broad concept to explore.
The short films will screen on Channel Nine in October.
Genre genius: Michael Boyle produced Quartermaine, which was directed by Mason Fleming.