Slasher film earns top marks

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

THEY were cut­ting it fine but this team of film-savvy stu­dents now has a tro­phy to prove its film-mak­ing worth.

Five Western Springs Col­lege stu­dents took home the Best School Team award at the 48-Hour Film Fes­ti­val last Fri­day with their ‘‘re­venge’’ film Mal­ice.

Each en­trant is given a genre, sev­eral com­pul­sory fea­tures to in­clude and has just one week­end to write, shoot and edit their short film.

It is no easy task, but the Western Springs team man­aged to pull it off and hand in its en­try with 30 min­utes to spare.

The group calls it­self Film­splats and com­prises teenagers Ben­jamin Zambo, Jimi Frizzell, Matilda Boe­seWong, Jack Con­nor and Zac John­son.

It’s the first time the school has won the fi­nal.

‘‘We were to­tally con­vinced we weren’t go­ing to win so we were so shocked when we heard our name,’’ 17-year-old Zac says.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally hadn’t seen what we were hand­ing in on the day be­cause we didn’t have time.’’

Six­teen-year-old Matilda was so de­ter­mined to make the dead­line she ended up with some bat­tle wounds af­ter fall­ing over on the run to the fin­ish line.

The Herne Bay teenager says the film it­self is a bit of a gore-fest.

‘‘We al­ways wanted to have blood in it right from the very be­gin­ning – we didn’t want to make a com­edy, we wanted to make a slasher film with lots of blood.’’

And there is an aw­ful lot of blood – but don’t worry, it’s ac­tu­ally just a mix­ture of golden syrup and choco­late sauce.

It is the fourth time they have been in the fes­ti­val.

This year they had to make do with­out team-mate Olly Clifton who is over­seas.

Western Springs Col­lege’s head of me­dia stud­ies Deb Thomp­son says the team’s ef­fort was amaz­ing.

‘‘They’re the best team for it. They’re re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic and they’re al­ways edit­ing and cre­at­ing their own films,’’ she says.

Take five: Stu­dents from Western Springs Col­lege took out the Best School Team award at the 48 Hour Film Fes­ti­val. From left: Ben­jamin Zambo, Jack Con­nor, Matilda Boese-Wong, Zac John­son and Jimi Frizzell.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see the Western Springs Col­lege team’s win­ning film.

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