Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Ju­lian Wright

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459888

Genre ge­nius: Michael Boyle pro­duced Quar­ter­maine, which was di­rected by Ma­son Flem­ing.

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